Skimmable Code: Fast to Read, Fast to Change

By Michael Schwern (‎Schwern‎) from
Date: Monday, June 16, 2008 01:00 PM
Duration: 45 minutes
Target audience: Lightning
Tags: best_practice skimming

Much of the practical reason for "best coding practices" is not to make code "pretty" but to allow code to be skimmed. We rarely read and understand an entire project, instead we read just enough to get something done. It allows one to work very efficiently on unfamiliar code.

You will learn the art of skimming, how to write skimmable code and how to make code more skimmable as you read it. And you'll have a framework to think about the reasons behind best practices better than just making code "pretty".

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