Jon Simpson

On The Fear of Reading Code

27 Mar 2010

It’s easy to understand why people will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid reading and understanding complicated, real-world code.

This is unfortunate, because reading code - even bad code - is the key to writing good code.

Strong arguments for code reading and against rewriting code - it can be a good way to learn about the code & understand it to rewrite, but there’s no real value add from the end result.