Re: What databases have taught me
Date: 10 Jul 2006 00:59:54 -0700
esthetics are not relevant to rational debate. In the best case, it may be subjective consequence of sound and simple reasonning.
Robert Martin wrote:
> On 2006-07-08 15:18:17 -0500, "topmind" <topmind_at_technologist.com> said:
> > After thousands of debates and failed attempts to find objective
> > metrics beyond execution speed and matching stated external
> > requirements, I am leaning toward the "art" viewpoint. One man's
> > spehgetti code is another man's masterpeice. Just because I find it a
> > flaming tangled mess does not mean the next guy will.
> While it is certainly true that beauty is subjective, it is astounding
> how much agreement there is over things that are "beautiful". Good
> software is beautiful, and good programmers pursue beauty.
> Yes, it's true that sometimes two people will disagree about beauty.
> But there is a difference between debating whether something is
> beautiful, and debating about whether something is a mess.
> Most of us can recognize a mess when we see it. Inconsistent variable
> and function names, misplaced responsibilities. Functions that have
> more than one responsibility and that share responsibilities with other
> functions, etc, etc. And most of us can recognize nicely partitioned
> code with carefully thought through names, and modules of approachable
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