Writing “clean” code is something we talk about a lot in software development. Developing for the web is no different in the pursuit of code that is “clean” than any other type of programming. It’s also something that you could write a book about (and people have). Without getting into a ridiculous amount of detail, there are some pretty simple best practices to live by that will make your code cleaner right now. What is “clean” code? Code that is “clean” is readable, documented, and easy-to-understand. If you are staring at a block of code and you have no freaking clue what it’s doing or how it works, it’s probably not you–it’s the code. “Messy” code can come in many forms, but the result is usually the same: code that is incomprehensible to other developers (possibly even the one who wrote it). You may be familiar with the phrase “spaghetti code.” Spaghetti code is the kind of code that you come across where, as soon as you start picking at one piece of code, everything else starts falling apart. It’s like opening your kitchen cupboard and having all the contents fall on top of you. Spaghetti code is frequently far too complex for its own good and may have been patched together with
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