Everyone can write bad code

02-09 01:39

It’s Simpler than You Think

Writing bad code is simpler than you think. Yada-yadas will make you believe that it takes special skills to craft junk code, that only a “chosen few” among us are capable of doing it. They may trick you into thinking that it takes a lot of apathy, the ability to hand wave, the special gut feeling to make bad assumptions, and a keen, sharp focus on the short term (or smaller picture). Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

Well, to tell you the truth, it’s not that hard. For those of you who strive to write poor code, with a special focus on screwing up on big data jobs, I have compiled a set of action items that will help you in embarking on this journey.

A word of warning is in order. As you read through the 16 points, you may get demotivated. You may think you’ll never be one of them . To fight such dark thoughts, you may want to think about the developers you had written off as good ; haven’t you seen them doing one of these? If they can do it, so can you!

0. Don’t Unit Test

1. Don’t Waste Time Thinking About Names

2. Documentation is Useless

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