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Defining Production-Grade Code

Chad Callihan takes a detour:

You understand what you’re thinking when you write code but will you remember it in a few weeks or months? What about the new associate that has to work with your code? Will they be able to decipher what you were thinking based on code alone?

If code isn’t documented, it can make work unnecessarily difficult. For production-grade code, I would expect it to be well documented so even someone with minimal knowledge can get an idea of what the code is doing. It’s not necessary to write a novel for documentation but having something is better than nothing.

Read on for more thoughts of what makes code production-grade.