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This is a contentious view because everyone has their own experience of code and documentation. A few thousand lines of source code doesn't need much documentation. Tens of millions of lines probably needs some. A trivial system probably doesn't need much. A complex system probably does. A system with lots of external interfaces and dependencies probably needs some. Where I think all experienced developers agree is that code must be written with support and maintenance in mind. Whether or not the system also needs documentation depends on the system and the context in which it will be maintained over its life.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2012 on Learn to Read the Source, Luke at Coding Horror
Context is all-important, and hiring for MegaCorp is vastly different to hiring for NextBigThing. Interviewers can learn from the mistakes of others; don't be that guy (inquisitor, invigilator, water torturer...
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2012 on How to Hire a Programmer at Coding Horror
Ben Simpkins said We'll never miss you as much as your children would. Very well said, poetic actually.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
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