shane at hathawaymix.org
Fri Feb 16 11:00:06 MST 2007
Bryan Sant wrote:
> On 2/13/07, Shane Hathaway <shane at hathawaymix.org> wrote:
>> Do you also agree, then, that readability is more important than
>> shortcuts for writing code? Eclipse shortcuts help with writing code
>> but do not make up for Java's verbosity.
> Readability is hugely important. This is why are am a huge fan of the
> Java culture, and their tendency to use
> veryDescriptiveNamesForVariablesAndMethods. Long, descriptive names
> are a good thing. Self documenting code is a goal we should all
> strive for. Java's verbosity is a tremendous benefit.
Those long method names hurt polymorphism. It's better to have a small
set of short names that get used often. Python's dict and file APIs are
a good example; people try to reuse those method names wherever
possible, and the result is that Python code tends to be quite
> Though java has long-ish key words, Java is verbose mostly because of
> the long class and method names used in the standard libraries and by
> most developers, however, there is nothing stopping you from using
> Java in a terse way.
The Java culture stops me. When I write Java code, I am a member of the
Java community and must behave as one, even if I disagree with some of
> So, yes, readability is very important. Java's verbosity improves
> ones ability to read Java, and IDE's make the verbosity a non-issue
> when writing java.
I suspect you're defending the status quo. If short names were more
common in Java, I think you'd defend short names instead.
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