August 2010 Archives

Hedonistic Programming

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If it feels good, do it. If at any time you think or say “ugh” while writing code, stop and fix.

Hacking something together to solve a complex problem doesn’t help. You produce the correct outcome for today, but condemn every subsequent programmer that touches it to a miniature personal hell.

Some people measure this as cyclomatic complexity, technical debt, or just plain cruft.

Seriously. You want software that is fun to work on. Yes, fun.

Creating these utopian end-states isn’t a cakewalk. Elegance takes effort. And time. And pain. You won’t get it right the first time around.