By Mike Wilcox — February 5th, 2013
Bad code is like a book that is badly formatted: no indentation, incorrect punctuation, misspelled words, improper capitalization, or uneven line heights will make that book very hard to read. If the names of the characters start changing, you don’t know where they are, and you’re not sure what they are doing because it isn’t explained properly, the book will be pretty difficult to comprehend.
A application written with bad practices has a definite ceiling before it can no longer be extended and maintenance becomes an overbearing chore. Knowing a simple set of rules and conventions will not only make your code more readable by you and others, it will be easier to comprehend, and therefore it can be made more complex.
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