Simple tips to write an effective code
Without a doubt, coding is a tough job. Hell lot of things have been said about ease of learning a programming language but it’s a beast of a challenge when you actually implement that knowledge and understanding to a complex problem. If you had a look at some of the old codes, it must have been messy, unclear or jumbled as if it was written while a developer is having a fight at his desk. And believe me, there is no place for such code now especially because of the demand to be scalable.
Before going through the ways to write an effective code, let us quickly look at the benefits of having a clean code:
Makes it easier to solve problems. If you are an engineer, this one is for you. Imagine a situation where a messy code is thrown at you and you are expected to make a functionality work in an hour’s time. Is it that easy as a client feels? I’m sure it is not! This explains the case.
Saves time in maintenance. clean code is easier to understand so if you have a maintenance task on hand, it will help you to spend less time on identifying specific segments so that you can focus your energies on fixing or revising the code.
Clear indications of the functionalities. A complex project is usually distributed among the team of developers and a neat code allows each one of them to identify the idea behind a particular code and do the rest.
So how you begin writing a clean and effective code?
The great way to get started is to use naming conventions. It keeps the things clear and allows you to know what you are working with. It also means you won’t accidentally try to use a string of text in a math equation.
A naming convention means you decide to call variables by names that are self-explanatory and does not confuse anybody including you.
This is absolutely straightforward, though I understand coders hate sparing out time to add comments, they are important for them as well if they are to come back to the code for modifications in future.
This simply explains everything. If a code has comments, it helps you in identifying the segments and fix the code in lesser time.
White spaces make the code longer but readable, this is what everyone, including a coder, fellow programmers, and a client wants. Using whitespaces, though can add a few kilobytes to the file size, it is incredibly powerful and no other downside.
So in general, if you are writing lots of things together in one block, it is normally advisable to break it into a logical chunk.
These things help a programmer to deliver bug-free, clear and performant code. We at Cygnet have adopted this methodology and assure to deliver 98.8% bug free codes.