Secrets of Maintainable Codebases


You should write maintainable code. I assume people have told you this, at some point.  The admonishment is as obligatory as it is vague. So, I’m sure, when you heard this, you didn’t react effusively with, “oh, good idea — thanks!”

If you take to the internet, you won’t need to venture far to find essayslists, and stack exchange questions on the subject. As you can see, software developers frequently offer opinions on this particular topic. And I present no exception; I have little doubt that you could find posts about this on my own blog.

So today, I’d like to take a different tack in talking about maintainable code. Rather than discuss the code per se, I want to discuss the codebase as a whole. What are the secrets to maintainable codebases? What properties do they have, and what can you do to create these properties?

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