The narcissism of small code differences

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Nov 11 10:25:14 CET 2013


I never thought I'd be saying this but welcome back Rick :)

On 11/11/2013 06:50, Rick Johnson wrote:
> On Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:42:04 AM UTC-6, Steven
> D'Aprano wrote:
>> Uses an example written in Ruby, but don't
>> let that put you off:
>
> Why would it? I write Ruby code all the time. Ruby code in
> and of itself does not bother me, what bothers me about Ruby
> is the ease at which a programmer can write inconsistent and
> convoluted code -- evidenced by the poor examples in your
> linked article. Case in point.
>
> To save anyone else from reading this long-winded "blab
> fest" chalk full the driest humor and "cyclic illogical
> meandering" that could make a ferris-wheel blush with
> jealousy...
>
>    In a nutshell the author attempts to plead for the
>    "longevity" of "old code bases" simply on the basis of his
>    assertion that "old code bases" are "less buggy" and
>    contain more "wisdom" than their new brethren -- both of
>    which are absurd conclusions!
>

I recall that the demise of Netscape was due to them trying to 
completely rewrite code of this nature.  The exception that proves the rule?

-- 
Python is the second best programming language in the world.
But the best has yet to be invented.  Christian Tismer

Mark Lawrence




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