The Devil's Dictionary for Developers
(With apologies to Ambrose Bierce.)
- bloat, bloated
- One or more lines of someone else's code that do something I don't need right now. Used as a reason to write my own code.
- Other people working on my project. "I believe strongly in collaboration; other people should be helping with my projects."
- The performance of my favored projects. (When benchmarks show otherwise, this explains why the benchmark is skewed, measures the wrong things, or doesn't matter.)
- The work that other people have to do.
- good coding style
- The code looks and feels just as if I wrote it myself.
- The work that I have to do.
- practical, pragmatism
- Whatever is expedient at the moment, regardless of long-term considerations. "Your use of (good practice X) just isn't practical in this situation." (Note especially the appeal to absolutes instead of tradeoffs between options; as an aside: "What is 'practical' depends on what you want to practice.")
- The project overall is designed just as if I did it myself.
- Other people using my code. "I believe strongly in reuse; stop writing your own code and use mine."
- The performance of projects other than my favored ones. (When benchmarks show otherwise, this explains why the benchmark is skewed, measures the wrong things, or doesn't matter.)
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