[thelist] javascript debug (easy)

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 18:26:05 CDT 2005

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> > It is very easy to learn JavaScript, as you instantly
> > get results in your browser. If you start sloppy, you'll
> > just need to learn more later.
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> Conciously choosing to omit optional curly braces does not mean you're
> sloppy.  Also, never once did I say this was a good idea for a beginner or
> someone not comfortable with scripting.

However, beginners _will_ look at your code and see it as a good
example how to do it properly. And therein lies the danger.

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> > You could apply the same logic to commenting. Why
> > comment when the code is easy enough to understand?
> > Because you cannot expect the next developer to have
> > the same skill level you have and it speeds up
> > handovers.
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> There's also the crowd that believes that if your code is written clearly
> enough that over-commenting actually makes it more difficult to manage as
> all the comments break up the natural rhythm you get when parsing the code
> by eye.  In other words, learn to write self-documenting code by using
> descriptive variable and function names.  In my opinion ever little line of

That is a YMMV decision. Personally, and working with a lot of ASP
folk made that painfully aware to me, I'd rather have one line of
comment than deal with function names like


Working a lot in a distributed development environment with developers
in other countries and full project handovers to clients or from
clients after years of mismangement and bad documentation made me
appreciate clean code syntax - even when one or more parenthesis or
curly bracket was superfluous.

Chris Heilmann 
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