Improving Code Readability
Readable code is usable code.
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The world’s greatest chefs never put anything on the plate that will never be eaten, this rule corresponds to the YAGNI principle in Software Engineering. The non-used code blocks saved for future use are sometimes forgotten and another developer could not be in want of changing the code of the legacy system. Such non-used code blocks may affect code readability in the future. We are lucky today many code review tools exist for coding mistakes etc., but using tools is not enough to help code readability.
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Regardless of the Software Development Process Type (Agile/Waterfall etc.), the Code Review is an inevitable part of the development process. The Code Review Process should be supported by coding standards.
Quality of the documentation and coding standards are very helpful to get over the understandability of the source code for new developers. Coding standards are a must for the code review process.
Software developers are not always working on new projects, maintaining the legacy system is the main task mostly. According to how old the legacy system, some complicating reasons may reveal because 20 years ago software development is very very different than today except such Oracle PL\SQL programs. Developer’s experience is another factor for affect code readability for old legacy projects.
Today, many code quality and bug finder tools are used for minimalizing code defects but they are limited to find design mistakes. When we look at the literature, design mistakes are commonly found reengineering phase of the Software Development Process.
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