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Discussion on: HackerRank Is Teaching You to Write Terrible Code

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David MM🐍

HackerRank also taught me how to write pretty clever code. Clever, unreadable, one-line code.

Now I'd rather write 3 lines of code and spend half a second reading the function than writing 1 line of code and spending 10 seconds to read what I was doing.

As you say, coding is for humans.

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Devon Campbell Author

Agreed. Clever code makes you feel smart but doesn't do other the things that code should.

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Roger K. • Edited

I feel stupid explaining code, so I tend the other direction. If I'm explaining then I feel like I did it badly and it's very embarrassing to me. Funny how we as humans see the same thing, but view it very differently.

I tried hackerrank and after two of those kinds of questions I quit for the simple reason that I didn't want to feel like an idiot. Opaque code is just tiring and IRL I always just ask. It's not worth my time doing it any other way.

Thank you so much for shining a light on this issue. It needs more attention and I thank you for taking the time to call them out on a very bad practice.