Thursday, July 21, 2016

Smart Data Structure vs Smart Code

Smart data structures and dumb code works a lot better than the other way around." -- Eric S. Raymond

"Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships." -- Linus Torvalds

"The best code is no code at all" -- Jeff Atwood

I'm proud of my dumb codes, as I create smart data structures instead.

With smart data structure, the code can be simple, smaller and easy to read. And sometimes, you don't even need to write any code at all if you are using smart data structure.

With dumb data structure, the code tend to become smart/clever/tricky. Sometimes I'm ceasing to look at the smart/clever/tricky code as smart/clever/tricky, they are sometimes looking like a show-off codes.

And some programmers call their codes a hack when oftentimes it's really a poor code compensating for dumb data structure.

Some programmers are giving the word hack a bad name.

I hate writing codes.

I should fully qualify that sentence. I hate writing codes against dumb data structures.

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