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Smashing Book #4 — New Perspectives on Web Design by Smashing Magazine

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Writing Maintainable, Future-Friendly Code

By Nicholas Zakas

Illustration Nicholas Zakas

Whether you learned how to write code in school or on your own, it’s unlikely that you learned one of the strange truths of computer programming: most code is a mess. I remember thinking when I was young that massive websites must have the most unbelievably clean yet complex code running them. When I joined Yahoo!, I found that the code running some of the world’s most popular websites looked strikingly similar to the code running my personal blog. The truth is, code is code no matter where you go, and code has a tendency to get messy as it gets large and old.

Unfortunately, developers are ...

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