Books for the NOC guys...

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Fri Apr 2 08:39:42 CDT 2010


On Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:48:48 BST, Michael Dillon said:
> > So, what are you having your up-and-coming NOC staff read?
> 
> In an attempt to wean them off of unmanageable PERL scripts

There is not, and there never will be, a useful programming language that
makes it the least bit difficult to write totally abominable creeping-horror
unmaintainable code in.

The ability of a programmer to write totally obtuse code is entirely
orthogonal to the choice of implementation language.  Some people just don't
have good taste, and will produce train wrecks in any language. Remember that
it's possible to write Fortran-IV code in any language. :)

Unless you teach them stuff like "Document the sources and expected types of
input data", "add useful comments that explain your choice of algorithms rather
than  "a++; /* Add one to A */", and "If the language supports operator
overloading, don't be a bozo and abuse it", the code will be unmaintainable.
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