2 Thoughts on “How To Write Unmaintainable Code

  1. Lana on 11/22/2005 at 5:21 pm said:

    Well at least you write about a variety of topics lol

  2. Ken Conklin on 11/26/2005 at 8:12 pm said:

    Congratulations on a fun and funny essay,which is really helpful to those who wish to write computer programming code that is transparent and can be modified to meet changing needs in the future.

    I have taught many subjects at various levels. I taught computer programming in Pascal language to advanced placement high school students in the 1980s, after teaching it to myself. Very interesting thought process involved in making a computer do what you want, and making the computer be interactive in a user-friendly way. I also taught “Logo” to “average” 6th graders.

    In the Pascal course I always insisted that my students write comments throughout their programs to explain what a “procedure” was for, how the global variables were related to the local variables (although the order of variables in the procedure parameter list implicitly tells that anyway); put a comment header at the beginning of each new section of code to explain what tasks were being accomplished, etc.

    I wonder what has become of the thousands of students who suffered my classes. I always had a hard time remembering their names, but can still see their faces and remember their personalities. Some wonderful memories as I eventually head off into the sunset.

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