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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Thursday, September 14, 2006
The Joy of (Deleting) Code: Less is More
I love coding! I can still remember when I first discovered programming at the age of eleven. At that age it filled me with a sense of wonder and it had the feel of a black art! But there’s one thing I like more than writing code…and that’s deleting it! That’s right, I just love deleting code.
Less code can mean less errors and less ‘cognitive friction’ when reading it, and therefore easier to maintain. I’m not talking about code that’s a candidate for the next obfuscated C competition! I’m talking about lean, simple, concise and precise code with no duplication.
The work days I like the most, are those when I leave work having refactored a large chunk of code (be it mine or someone else’s).
Liberate yourself, delete some code today!
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com