Thursday, May 17, 2018

Potato Chip Code

Just a real quick one for you today...

I coined a new phrase the other day. I spent the whole of three minutes searching Google for its use elsewhere in the digital ether, wanting to see if anyone else has coined the phrase before, and as far as I can tell, this is original content ladies and gentlemen. Which isn't all that surprising; it isn't particularly clever or anything, but perhaps its worth a chuckle:

Potato Chip Code

        Noun. Programming code that is brittle, prone to breakage, its crummy, and you feel greasy after touching it.

I've used it to describe a really lousy code base, usually legacy, that is particularly challenging to maintain, make a change to, refactor, or replace. That is, a maintenance nightmare.

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