Rules of programming

In Eric Raymond’s legendary The Art of UNIX Programming. He talks of certain rules of code.

In one page, he manages to summarize the entire art of good programming check it out.

Rule of Clarity: Clarity is better than cleverness.

Rule of Composition: Design programs to be connected to other programs.

Rule of Separation: Separate policy from mechanism; separate interfaces from engines.

Rule of Simplicity: Design for simplicity; add complexity only where you must.

Rule of Parsimony: Write a big program only when it is clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.

Rule of Transparency: Design for visibility to make inspection and debugging easier.

Rule of Robustness: Robustness is the child of transparency and simplicity.

Rule of Representation: Fold knowledge into data so program logic can be stupid and robust.

Rule of Least Surprise: In interface design, always do the least surprising thing.

Rule of Silence: When a program has nothing surprising to say, it should say nothing.

Rule of Repair: When you must fail, fail noisily and as soon as possible.

Rule of Economy: Programmer time is expensive; conserve it in preference to machine time.

Rule of Generation: Avoid hand-hacking; write programs to write programs when you can.

Rule of Optimization: Prototype before polishing. Get it working before you optimize it.

Rule of Diversity: Distrust all claims for “one true way”.

Rule of Extensibility: Design for the future, because it will be here sooner than you think.

Reflect on this principles and you will see they apply in all software projects.

Till next time happy coding, also remember to get yourself a copy of the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Addison-Wesley-Professional-Computng-Series/dp/0131429019

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