[squeak-dev] The Trunk: System-tpr.962.mcz

Chris Muller asqueaker at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 22:30:23 UTC 2017

I couldn't disagree more about your "never" and "ever", but that's
beside the point.  My complaint is about the comment itself.  Some
authors like for their system to maintain a cohesive and consistently
terse commenting style that _compliments_ the code, not supplants it.
I wanted you to "read the code" so you would see and respect this
existing original style of minimal, carefully-crafted word selections.

I know you meant well, but when I saw "devious" it read like you were
reacting, because they teach us in Smalltalk school that we should not
override DNU.  Your long comment feels like you're "punishing" that
4 lines of code with 24 lines of over-explanation, replete with
examples.  That's good stuff for the swiki, but orthogonal to the rest
of the style and a distraction from this particular code, IMO.


On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:57 AM, tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org> wrote:
>> On 18-09-2017, at 9:20 PM, Chris Muller <asqueaker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> With all due respect, Tim, this comment reads like your "reaction".
>> It doesn't leave the reader with any more clarity than from simply
>> reading the code.
> “Read the code” is never an acceptable response to someone wanting to understand what some code is *supposed* to do or how to use it. Except just possibly if said code is so utterly beautifully written and complete with all possible cases clearly handled and easily comprehend examples are trivially findable that it really does just explain everything. I do not believe any such piece of code has ever been written, nor is likely to be so.
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