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Comment: Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (Score 1) 373

by exploder (#46582821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Saved me from writing the same thing. The GPS code I've seen, written by engineers and not programmers, was an incredibly hacked-together, barely-functional set of kludges to implement a lot of very elegant mathematics.

Yeah. If you want elegance, you should probably just go straight to the math. As soon as you put it into a computer with its pesky limitations of finite time and space, elegance goes right out the window.

Comment: Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (Score 5, Funny) 373

by exploder (#46582805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

As someone who got lost somewhere deep in a single sentence (which consumed three whole screen-width lines) that spent nearly 100 words on a dependent clause (which itself contained two parenthetical clauses) before even getting to the subject (I was starting to wonder if there would be one at all) I question the value of your comments on the topic of elegance...

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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