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Telltale Signs of Poor Code Quality in Software Development

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Telltale Signs of Poor Code Quality in Software Development

Good, quality programs begin with quality programming. Find out what makes bad code bad and how you can prevent it here.

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A good software differs a lot from an “average” software in certain aspects. Can you think of one authentic reason that defines the success of a website or an app?

Code. You got it right! A good, quality codebase is a prerequisite of any software.

Whether you are a business owner, an agency, a manager or a well-known software developer, there is always a room for improvement. Isn’t there?

If you are in a company rendering software development services, it is absolutely crucial for you to know about the difference between an excellent quality code and a poor one! Why is this so? I believe that a poor quality code ruins a software and its lifecycle. Therefore, diligence and carefulness while coding is the key to an errorless and unflawed software.

Now that you know well the importance of a good code, you may want to know the telltale signs of a bad quality code in a software:

Symptoms of a Poorly Coded Software

1. A software development cycle is coming to an end but you see unexpected slow progress towards the completion. Something is fishy.

2. Nobody likes to see a software crumbling and crashing. But, a poor code makes it so unstable.

3. As a software developer, you will check an app, software and a website for the bugs in the “demo” mode but it shows you a very “strange” behavior.

4. It may be possible that you delivered a software to the client and the client complaints of frequent crashes and bugs even after many months of release.

5. Modification or extension of the software becomes an uphill task when a developer tries to add new functionalities to the app or a website. Adding something new will not happen without breaking down other things.

6. If a client is so upset about the software that he hires another company offering software development services, they will say to literally do the whole thing all over again.

I have personally seen clients complaining about the little things on the “visible” UI just because the non-techies don’t know that the UI is visible because of the back-end coding. If there is an issue on the UI, it is due to a problem on the back-end in software development. Clients are to be told many times that:

I. There goes so much time into coding and it takes time in making the changes at the back-end.

II. It is possible that your clients may often not even realize the significance of high-quality code. It happens!

There can actually be three cases in the wake of good and poorly written code:

1. It is not necessary that a software with no major issues on the UI front or bugs is devoid of poorly written code.

2. Stunning UI may give an illusion that the underlying code is free from errors.

3. It is a pity that the quality of the code is “hidden” from non-technical people. So, it’s easy to dupe them.

Shocking Solution to a poorly coded software

Did you know that most of the expert software developers would decide to discard the whole old software with poor code? This is to make the code much simpler and starting all over again poses fewer problems than being entangled in a maze of puzzling issues and bugs.

Do you think it is a good solution?

For me, if I face something like this, that would be my decision because fixing a badly coded software would be extremely expensive and time-consuming!

Reasons of ultimate crashes in a software are:

  • Readability of the code is hard. Example: Using dead code and outdated names or even formatting that lacks consistency.
  • Lack of Automation testing in case of big software development projects piles up problems for the future. I have listed the benefits below.*
  • Duplication of code sometimes poses a problem. Solution? Invokable and reusable pieces of code can be created by combining the shared functionalities.

In a Nutshell

Remember, it is always easy to ignore hard things but think about tons of troubles that can come from nowhere when the software is launched post-development phase.

*Automated Testing is essential for big software projects so that the issues and the sections can be verified while the development is in process. Manual testing of the code is not feasible in this case. While it takes time to write these testing codes, they definitely come handy in future. I would recommend to switch to automated testing for sure if you are an app or website developer.

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