[ANN] Nile 0.9.0

Klaus D. Witzel klaus.witzel at cobss.com
Mon Jun 11 05:22:33 UTC 2007

On Mon, 11 Jun 2007 00:53:44 +0200, Andreas Raab wrote:
> Klaus D. Witzel wrote:
>> OTOH I would have a problem when an employee (professional developer)  
>> would came to me and would claim that the [partly] optimized form above  
>> is not understandable or not maintainable. There are just very, very  
>> basic math equations involved and doing subexpression elimination back  
>> and forth with any piece of code is the minimum I do expect from a  
>> professional developer (no offense, Squeak => doIt *and* have fun :)  
>> expecially with a language so simple as Smalltalk :)
> It isn't as much the code that I would reject, but rather the fact that  
> there isn't a comment explaining the what and why. In other words, there  
> is nothing wrong with the code per se, what's wrong is that there isn't  
> a comment along the lines of:
>    "For speed, hand-optimize the following expression:
>       ...
>    (and yes, the compiler should take care of it but it doesn't
>    and since the XYZ-benchmark has shown this to be a cricital
>    piece of our application we really need to do something about it)"
> So, as your (theoretical) employer I would indeed come to you and claim  
> that the optimized form is not understandable and not maintainable; not  
> because of the code but because of the lack of any comment whatsoever.

If you'd ever do that here then I'd immediately promote you to the Chief  
Quality Officer For Squeak Projects :)


> Cheers,
>    - Andreas

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