[SATLUG] culture question

Todd W. Bucy toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Mon Aug 4 09:56:55 CDT 2008


On Mon, 2008-08-04 at 09:53 -0500, Thomas Cameron wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-08-04 at 09:34 -0500, Todd W. Bucy wrote:
> > I am currently writting a paper comaring F/OSS gift economics to that of
> > the Iroquian Wampum system of the 15th and 16th centuries (also a gift
> > economy).  I will not go into all the gory details of my argument, as it
> > largely does not pertain to Linux.  I wrote something that has the ring
> > of "truthiness" and would like to have the communitites opinion on the
> > matter.  comment follows:
> > 
> > "...code that is noted as being “elegant” often requires very little in
> > the way of comments...code which contains to many comments is often
> > thought of as being 'over-designed'..."
> > 
> > I would like to know if this is generally true within the hacker
> > community.  I am by no means a hacker and I am very warry of making such
> > a statement without some confirmation.
> 
> I don't know that this is an accurate statement.  While I am much more
> of a sysadmin type than a coder, every professional programmer with whom
> I've worked has always told me to comment my code.  You don't have to go
> nuts, just enough to make clear what you're tying to do.  
> 
> It's not necessarily for others who will see your code, although that's
> important...  It's just as much as for yourself so when you have to
> change something after a while you can remember what you've done.
> 
> Thomas
> 
yeah this is what struck me as "truthy".  Although I have heard that
code which is elegant requires little in the way of comments.  Is this
generally true? or is it another "truthy" statement?

Thanks 
Todd



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