Quotes of the week - all about documentation
Posted Dec 19, 2008 2:51 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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I can't read C worth a damn. I can read a paragraph of English in a tenth of the time and frustration as the equivalent screen of C. I'm so useless with C that I never review C code -- it would be a waste of time, though I'm happy to review an English description of a code change.
It depends on the change. English doesn't always communicate more clearly than C. Some code can be most concisely expressed in actual code, because sometimes it's the precise details of exactly what the code is that matters.
Yeah, but my point is that it also depends on the brain. It's clear to me that for many people, there are far more cases where C communicates more clearly than English than for me.
What I haven't figured out is if they've trained themselves to think that way, or self-selected themselves from a special group, because I know that the brain is fundamentally not wired to work anything like a Von Neumann machine and it should be pretty hard for the average person to read algorithms (which is what a typical C program expresses).
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