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Tree Rings of Code

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Looking around at blogs that are part of the HP Magic giveaway contest, I found this post:
which reminded me of something I’ve thought about recently. Working on some reeaaaally old code recently has been really interesting. Seeing the way we used to do things, and how strange they seem now. Our software is a giant tree, and as I prune it I get to see the odd shape that some of the more interior rings took.

I said so here. Which was not only a fun way to enter a contest, but also a nice prompt for a blog post of my own.

What weird coding conventions have you forgotten and then uncovered? Did you ever declare variable types using punctuation? “TheString$” instead of “TheString as String”? “If (FooBar = True)” vs “If (FooBar)”? Not all of them are folly, but they probably have a strange look to the You of 2008.

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