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Joel Spolsky on Hungarian Notation
June 28, 2005
Mark Rittman

Making Wrong Code Look Wrong : "It's at this point you typically say, 'Blistering Barnacles, we've got to get some consistent coding conventions around here!' and you spend the next day writing up coding conventions for your team and the next six days arguing about the One True Brace Style and the next three weeks rewriting old code to conform to the One True Brace Style until a manager catches you and screams at you for wasting time on something that can never make money, and you decide that it's not really a bad thing to only reformat code when you revisit it, so you have about half of a True Brace Style and pretty soon you forget all about that and then you can start obsessing about something else irrelevant to making money like replacing one kind of string class with another kind of string class."

For an alternative perspective, take a look the section in "How To Write Unmaintainable Code" on Hungarian Notation: "Hungarian Notation is the tactical nuclear weapon of source code obfuscation techniques; use it! Due to the sheer volume of source code contaminated by this idiom nothing can kill a maintenance engineer faster than a well planned Hungarian Notation attack. The following tips will help you corrupt the original intent of Hungarian Notation..."

 


 

 
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