RT Journal Article
JF IEEE Software
YR 2008
VO 25
SP 89
TI The Way We Program
A1 Diomidis Spinellis,
K1 source code
K1 comments
K1 meaningful identifiers
K1 indentation
K1 whitespace
K1 art
AB Code lacking comments, meaningful identifiers, and correct indentation is a nightmare. By studying 30 programs of various sizes to measure what percentage of their source code consisted of comments, meaningful identifiers, and whitespace, the author found that more than half of the code served developers rather than the compiler. The relative composition of the three elements was equally distributed and didn't appear to vary with project size. This finding substantiates the view of programming as an art form and the importance of source code in the software development process. Therefore we need to focus management's attention on code and its developers.
PB IEEE Computer Society, [URL:http://www.computer.org]
SN 0740-7459
LA English
DO 10.1109/MS.2008.101
LK http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2008.101