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Maxi Contieri
Maxi Contieri

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Code Smell 44 - Magic Corrections

Compilers are smarter than us. On a Friday night production deploy they betray us.

Problems

  • Fail Fast

  • Declarativeness

  • Ambiguity

Solutions

  1. Fail Fast

  2. Do not trust magic coercion.

  3. Be Explicit

Examples

  • Type Casting

Sample Code

Wrong

Right

Detection

Many of this vicious are encouraged by languages themselves.

We should be very declarative and explicit and don't abuse language accidental magic solutions.

Tags

  • Declarative

  • Smart

Conclusion

Programmers pretend to be smart by exploiting language features.

They feel they belong to community standards that enforce bad behaviors like a sect.

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Credits

Photo by Senor Sosa on Unsplash


Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry.

Bruce Sterling

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