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10 Nice Ways to Say “Your Code Sucks”

Writing bad code is like keeping a messy house, except that your colleagues then have to deal with that lousy housekeeping. Dawn Kawamoto writes an article about tactful ways to get your coworkers to clean up their act. You can go direct and just ask them to explain their code for you, because you do not understand it. You can explain that coding can be about communicating between people as much as between human and machine. You can “make a sandwich” of criticism by prefacing and concluding it with words of praise. You can even reframe your grievances by asking for specific changes in future code rather than demanding immediate changes. Check out the full article for more ways to steer your colleagues in a cleaner direction.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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