Thursday, January 2, 2003

Deleting Code

Ned Batchelder has a nice little article about deleting code. I agree completely; I hate seeing lots of old code that’s in the file for some unknown reason. Version control rules. CVS is a bit clunky, but it has a great practical advantage over (technically) slicker solutions like VOODOO: it stores everything in a very low-tech way so that you can break the abstraction barrier when there’s no tool to do what you want. In this case, it’s sometimes useful to be able to open the ,v file in BBEdit and search for fragments of deleted code.

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