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- Subject: Re: Spaghetti, macaroni or ravioli?
- From: Russell Haley <russ.haley@...>
- Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:24:57 -0700
On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 11:30 AM, nobody <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 2017-08-16 11:57, Etiene Dalcol wrote:
>> I do it like in the first option.
>> But I prefer doing this depending on the condition:
>> if reverse_condition then return end
> On 2017-08-16 11:49, Dirk Laurie wrote:
>> Suppose your program has some very short actions in an if.
>> if condition then call_my_routine() else return end
> Same here – I make my funs exit as early as possible if that fits in a
> line (or 2-3 at most).
> (I also generally fold short blocks that fit in <80 chars into the same
> line, adding two spaces around the block and separating statements by
> space-semicolon-space. I don't do that (and use the "downwards form")
> if there are "serious" side-effects / variable updates that one should
> be aware of.)
> Rationale for both: Once the code exists, I'll only re-read it to
> (a) improve it / fix bugs, or
> (b) understand _what_ it does (usually not _how_ it does that)
> and the way I format the code is directly structured around that.
> Early exits means I can read down (and ignore the sideways bits) to get
> a general idea of the structure & what happens. I can then zoom in on
> the relevant part and read that in full. If I need more context, I can
> read down and accumulate constraints from the side-branches, still
> ignoring their content (because it won't significantly affect code
> further down). Only very rarely do I have to actually read the full thing.
> (Combined with terse 1-line "section comments" (setup, traverse left,
> combine, …) that permit skipping even more of the code, I find that I
> can quickly navigate & patch even years-old code. So this seems to work
> very well for me.)
> -- nobody
I agree with nobody: