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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ingvaldson, Scott" <SIngvaldson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 8:24 AM
Subject: RE: Line-by-line commenting in source code

> See "How to Write Unmaintainable Code" at
> http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=2547
> My favorite tip is the one on using extended ASCII characters in
> Regards,
> Scott Ingvaldson
> AS/400 System Administrator
> GuideOne Insurance Group
> -----Original Message-----
> date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 09:50:32 +1100
> from: Simon Coulter <shc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> subject: Re: Line-by-line commenting in source code
> On Saturday, February 28, 2004, at 08:04  AM, Booth Martin wrote:
> > what is "INLR" & "*INLR" ?
> Oh hah, very droll! A rhetorical question if ever I saw one.
> I've seen programs commented entirely in Latin, I've seen code where
> every internal variable was a rude word or phrase, I've ported code
> which had 12 different flags for sleep and the original programmer
> resorted to national languages and spelling errors to distinguish them
> so the code had variables called sleep, snooze, siesta, sieta, etc. You
> can imagine what the rest of his code looked like. Complete CRAP!
> Some years ago I inherited code where the programmer closed every
> program with a quotation or verse reference from the Bible. Perhaps he
> felt that all his effort was to the greater glory of God, or perhaps he
> was exhorting his God to ensure the code worked correctly. I found such
> comments offensive and removed them all. Faith has no place in an
> environment predicated on logic. You might as well slaughter a goat
> (goats again?) and place its entrails on the keyboard at midnight
> (which is what some SRCs mean).
> At one time in my youth I had to write a PLMI macro that had to get
> stuff from a profile and put stuff in a profile. I called the macro
> HOOVER and gave it two functions: SUCK retrieved stuff and BLOW stored
> stuff. We (Antipodeans that is) thought it funny but our American
> compatriots didn't find it at all amusing. They also had difficulty
> with us saying we'd "knock up" some code ...
> I currently have to work on code where the only comments are slagging
> off IBM or some other staff member because the original programmer
> didn't understand OS/400 nor the concept of backwards compatibility.
> That's an exercise in frustration. Needless to say I remove the
> offensive comments as I find them.
> All these examples place a good case for code reviews.
> Regards,
> Simon Coulter.
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