Good ways to overcomplicate your code and slow down development

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Fri Sep 15 13:31:04 EDT 2006

Ken Ray wrote:
> On 9/15/06 11:54 AM, "Mark Wieder" <mwieder at> wrote:
>>> If anyone else has common timewasters and app bloating techniques,
>>> let's hear 'em!
>> Comments. Don't put in comment lines - they only slow down trying to
>> read the actual code. Code, especially xtalk, should be readable by
>> itself. If your code needs comments then it isn't well written.
> Although I agree with you to some degree, I feel that comments are necessary
> to identify certain "blocks" of functionality; not necessarily individual
> lines, or for certain exceptions for the next programmer, like:
>   -- Had to do this workaround due to a bug in Rev
> or
>   -- Put this here because Scott told me he wants it here (don't move it!)
> You get the idea...

That's what I do too, and I'd be lost without those comments. I don't 
necessarily comment what a line of script does per se, but I do comment 
why I put it there.

Another good reason to comment blocks of functionality is that it allows 
you to scan through the scripts without reading each line of code in 
order to get a feel for how the overall operation works. I do this all 
the time. I don't always want to decipher every line, sometimes I just 
want to know what the purpose of the script is and how it is put 
together. I find this invaluable.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
HyperActive Software           |

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