It's even worse than it appears.
Wednesday January 5, 2022; 10:18 AM EST
  • The rule: One way of doing something is better than two. #
  • So when the language gets a new way of doing something that is only slightly better than the previous version, or not better at all, I always stick with the way I was doing it before. That way when reading the code I never have to wonder why did the author choose this way in one place and another way elsewhere.#
  • Coding tricks is not why we program -- we program to create new utility, and to create something that is easy not to break when it needs maintenence. #
  • It's very common and imho totally wrong to not adopt the conventions of code you're contributing to. #
  • Another way of emphasizing prior art. #
  • If you can get to zero ways of doing something that's way better than one, and way-way better than two or more. #
  • There are exceptions. Sometimes they add a feature to a language that is so sensible you have to use it. For example, initial values for parameters to functions in JavaScript. Or not having to say name: name in an object definititon, just name will do. Another one, the forEach function in JavaScript is more sensible than the equalent for version.#
  • See the rule in the standards-makers howto. It's the same idea.#
  • Sometimes I don't have time to write a full prose version of a post, I think it's better to write the skeletal version rather than publish nothing at all.#

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