Code Smell 44 - Magic Corrections

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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

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.

Relations

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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


This article is part of the CodeSmell Series.

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