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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Mass changes to various projects under Ant umbrella - should we be doing it?
Date Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:13:33 GMT
On 2018-04-07, Gintautas Grigelionis wrote:

> Java is a language with the syntax that changes and tries to accomodate new
> patterns that make programming more efficient.

Some of the patterns you've been changign don't fall into this category
for me. Switching if/else blocks, colapsing ifs or removing parens from
longer boolean expressions because you happend to remember && binds
stronger than || is not something that makes reading and understanding
the code more efficient IMHO

Code is read far more often than written - this is probably even more
true for open source code. If we wanted to optimize then my vote would
go to optimize for readablity and clarity. I'm not saying the existing
code is readable. Readability certainly is highly subjective, as is
"efficient programming".

> We should try to use these patterns everywhere because uniformity aids
> comprehension.

Here we have to agree that we disagree. Small diffs are more important
than uniformity to me.

> Old code is not a golden code, it's a rotten code.

Now it is my turn to feel offended. Our old code certainly is not
golden. I certainly have written (and every day write) bad code, but
I've never written rotten code.

I don't believe woking well tested code rots. Code rot is something that
happends when code doesn't get adapted to changing environments or
requirements. This is not the case here.


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