[Pdx-pm] Meeting tomorrow -- "Skimmable Code"

Seven till Seven scratchcomputing at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 14:42:32 PST 2008

Wed. February 13th, 6:53pm at FreeGeek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.

speaker:  Michael Schwern
topic:    Skimmable Code:  Fast to Read, Safe to Change

Many people dismiss "best coding practices" as just making code pretty.  
Often times the practices are justified by hazy ideas of "readability" 
and "maintainability".  One concrete reason is to make code

We rarely read and understand an entire project, instead we read just 
enough to get something done.  Skimmable code makes it fast to read and 
safe to change.  You can understand only a small part of the total 
project and yet know all you need to know about it.  It allows one to 
work very efficiently on unfamiliar code.

You will learn the art of skimming and the role of best practices in 
writing skimmable code.  Fuzzy issues such as encapsulation and 
function naming will be brought into focus.  You will be shown tools to 
help see when a function is too complex or when code is too tangled up 
with itself.



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