Ask any developer about comments and they will say "Gotta have 'em!". Why?
Comments are supposed to help us to be productive. However, many comments are not well thought out and cause their peers to lose productivity when they go off on a wild goose chase. There are several categories of bad comments:
- Too many comments
- Excessive history comments
- Humorous comments
- And more
We’ll discuss the merits of self-documenting code vs comments, comment drift over time, and commented code. We’ll finish with a discussion of practical ways that teams can improve the quality of their comments.
Dalip Mahal is Canadian but spent 10 years in the US working with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in New England as a senior development and product manager. He currently has a consulting company dedicated to helping all size organizations streamline their requirements and development processes.
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