From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-09-16 12:09:15
Richard Newman <richard_at_[hidden]> writes:
<snip XP philosophy>
> IMHO, proper detailed documentation is simply readable
This is part of the reason I have such a hard time with XP.
The first problem is that the author of a piece of code almost
invariably overestimates its readability. It's common that even the
original author can't understand what he was doing after 6 months go
The second problem is that you can't determine the correctness of code
by looking at it without a specification. The redundancy provided by
documentation is important.
> At some degree, having the code clearly reflect the algorithms
> involved, such that a layperson can assess what product does, allows
> these translation layers to be reduced.
You're seriously suggesting that the layperson can read the code and
assess what the product does?
> Finally, please note that I would not advocate writing code such that
> C++ operators and the like are rewritten into pseudo-English (or
> For instance, the tertiary operation
ternary [ie. "?:"] operator?
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