For many years now, me and a couple of friends have had a saying about code, measuring the quality of it, whether it’s excellent or mediocre.
It’s quite simple, actually: if it’s really good, it’s labeled as German Code. What the term refers to is code written as clean as humanly possible, perfectly indented and so easy to read everything in it is extremely evident. Semantic value and perfect performance, all in harmony.
To me, when code, mine or someone else’s, is referred to as German Code, it is with pride I look upon it and appreciate a craft done to perfection; a developer feeling self-respect in what they deliver and a strive for perfection.
I think this goes back to the industrial quality of Germany: they have car brands like Mercedes and BMW, kitchen and laundry machines from Miele etc. When it comes to quality products, they just simply seem to stem from Germany.
Do you have a saying about good code (or poor code for that matter; except WTF, of course… 🙂 )?