1) Variable names: don’t leave out letters, and clearly identify semantics.

int numGrads;

Num is short for number; is it an index? A count? An offset?

Grad is short for graduate.

This habit comes from ancient language restrictions and 80-column CGA monitors but people still do it.

int GraduateCount;

Is only a few more letters but is unambiguous.

2) the ! Operator is too small for its significance and a lot of code “beautifiers” (to say nothing of developers who think legibility is degrading) will cram it all together


This is horrible. I use direct comparisons instead (and whitespace):

if (isLegible == FALSE)

So it takes a little more time. So what. Tracking down bugs takes thousands of times longer

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