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What are the worst programming habits

Survey period: 7 Jul 2014 to 14 Jul 2014

Inspired by a rant-fest

No comments in code1,05740.95
Terrible variable names1,35752.58
Bad / dangerous code formatting69526.93
Mystery side-effects in code1,07641.69
Using magic numbers64424.95
Leaving commented-out code hanging around too long60923.60
Repeating code (Cut and Paste programming)1,28549.79
Poor program structure1,10742.89
Writing code that assumes a default behaviour67326.08
Swallowing errors95036.81
Not checking input parameters / return values / null testing1,05840.99
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

Generalconcise guidelines, supporting tools, awareness Pin
Andreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 21:24
professionalAndreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 21:24 
GeneralHow about creating function in order to run a simple query Pin
Mohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 17:00
professionalMohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 17:00 
GeneralC is the worst Pin
John Underhill13-Jul-14 6:22
John Underhill13-Jul-14 6:22 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Mohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 16:57
professionalMohibur Rashid13-Jul-14 16:57 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Andreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 21:13
professionalAndreas Gieriet13-Jul-14 21:13 
GeneralRe: C is the worst Pin
Austin Mullins14-Jul-14 8:41
Austin Mullins14-Jul-14 8:41 
GeneralOh , Hai Pin
sloppy slim12-Jul-14 22:20
sloppy slim12-Jul-14 22:20 
GeneralInteresting selections made Pin
Dennis E White11-Jul-14 8:26
professionalDennis E White11-Jul-14 8:26 
GeneralRe: Interesting selections made Pin
Adam David Hill11-Jul-14 13:28
professionalAdam David Hill11-Jul-14 13:28 
GeneralDue to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
RhishikeshLathe9-Jul-14 22:17
professionalRhishikeshLathe9-Jul-14 22:17 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Dávid Kocsis9-Jul-14 23:58
Dávid Kocsis9-Jul-14 23:58 
I name variables with i only if it's a for loop counter variable, so I will surely know what does it contain.

for (var i = 0; i < someArray.Length; i++)
    // In my opinion this is okey

GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
thatraja10-Jul-14 2:13
professionalthatraja10-Jul-14 2:13 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Andreas Gieriet10-Jul-14 8:44
professionalAndreas Gieriet10-Jul-14 8:44 
GeneralRe: Due to Variable naming .... i, j ,k ..... Pin
Karen Mitchelle10-Jul-14 16:04
professionalKaren Mitchelle10-Jul-14 16:04 
GeneralCopypasta Pin
Jason Hutchinson9-Jul-14 5:15
professionalJason Hutchinson9-Jul-14 5:15 
GeneralNot learning the art of programming Pin
Shameel9-Jul-14 5:06
professionalShameel9-Jul-14 5:06 
GeneralMost of the above options ends up with "Mystery side-effects" in code Pin
Ravimal Bandara8-Jul-14 21:35
Ravimal Bandara8-Jul-14 21:35 
GeneralAbout the 1st option PinPopular
thatraja8-Jul-14 2:24
professionalthatraja8-Jul-14 2:24 
GeneralSpend more time with code cleanup Pin
Swinkaran7-Jul-14 13:24
professionalSwinkaran7-Jul-14 13:24 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
Kornfeld Eliyahu Peter7-Jul-14 20:40
professionalKornfeld Eliyahu Peter7-Jul-14 20:40 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
Keith Barrow7-Jul-14 23:25
professionalKeith Barrow7-Jul-14 23:25 
GeneralRe: Spend more time with code cleanup Pin
PIEBALDconsult8-Jul-14 6:42
mvePIEBALDconsult8-Jul-14 6:42 
AnswerOh, I checked them all because .. PinPopular
MacSpudster7-Jul-14 7:21
professionalMacSpudster7-Jul-14 7:21 
GeneralDesert island discs code PinPopular
Duncan Edwards Jones7-Jul-14 7:04
professionalDuncan Edwards Jones7-Jul-14 7:04 
GeneralRe: Desert island discs code Pin
Swinkaran7-Jul-14 13:27
professionalSwinkaran7-Jul-14 13:27 

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