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PHP in Action:
More beautiful code
November 10, 2008 @ 10:25:34

Continuing on from a previous post, the PHP in Action blog takes another look at their suggestions on "beautiful code" with some responses to the previous post.

I got some interesting comments to my previous post on "beautiful code". Some were pretty strong disagreements. So am I wrong? Did I get carried away? Did my critical faculty go on vacation somewhere nice and sunny? [...] My main point is that it's close to plain English. Not everyone agrees that that's a good thing, but I argue that we're built (genetically wired, in fact) to understand natural languages, not program code.

He reasons that code should be easier to understand than just a bunch of random functions and parameters jumbled together. He thinks that it should read more like a human could understand rather than just the machine. With function names like "assertThat" and "hasSelect", it does make it easier to follow.

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