The Weird and The Wonderful
The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors,
Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.
We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid
workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write -
the truly sublime.
Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no
programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All
actual programming questions will be removed.
|The application I'm newly tasked with maintaining is a large heap of WTF, but I picked this problem out to share because it demonstrates the supreme barrier to understanding that the prior developer(s) have constructed:
Actually, there are many comments all over the code, but of the sort that tell you absolutely nothing:
if (max > -1)
Why name that variable maxCsvPosition when a careful analysis of the dozens of lines of surrounding code will tell you that? What are you, lazy? And even dozens of lines is often a luxury—many of the methods in this thing are many hundreds of lines long! The variable names are typically like the following, their scope often spanning many screens' worth of code:
Shouting curse words with great frequency has become my new affect here at t'office.
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