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Code is changing the world. In this way, our partner SonarSource is one of the pioneering companies in the implementation of the Clean Code. After all, deploying code without the help of Clean Code and code metrics is more of a suicide mission than a project. Join us to learn more about this topic. 

The world runs on code

Software is at the core of every organization and is used to operate its business. Companies realize that the DNA of their software—the source code—is what really matters. It is the most valuable asset of software. Source code not only directs how the application will behave but also how it will perform. Keeping this asset clean will prevent it from becoming a liability. 

In this way, clean code has a deep impact on software quality attributes. For example, testability or modifiability makes software easier to modify and update. But that’s not all: they also increase software agility, creating constraints and SLAs on other software quality attributes, such as performance, testability, and one of the most relevant today: security. 

What is Clean Code?

At a very high level, there are two “qualities” of software that you directly control with source code:

  • How the software will evolve, i.e., what is its intrinsic level of changeability. This is such an important criteria that it’s even embedded in the name: ‘soft-ware’. If you cannot change the software anymore, you should probably call it something else!
  • How the software will perform when being executed, i.e. will it be robust, reliable, secure, safe? In other words, will it perform correctly?

What is also interesting with Clean Code, is that Clean can mean two things, depending on how it’s used: 

  • As an attribute, it refers to the state of the code, i.e., code that does not contain problems and is flawless. 
  • As a verb, it refers to the practice of improving existing code.

Imagine a world of Clean Code

Would things be any different if your application’s source code consistently followed high standards?  

Maintenance time and costs would be drastically reduced

Not only that, but technical debt would be non-existent and the need to remediate would be absent. Making any change to the application would be so much faster. Instead of constant re-work, developers could be spending more time on innovation and solving interesting and important problems.

Developers’ work environment would be better

As code follows best practices, imagine how easy and pleasant it would be to own this source. Collective code ownership would become the norm–generating emulation and collaboration between developers. 

Developers spend most of their time reading and writing code, and having this code clean would mean a significant upgrade to their work environment. 

Software longevity would noticeably increase

A clean codebase would make it easier to introduce changes. No more tangled or rigid code and no more fear or frustration around it. The ‘soft’ attribute of code can continue to support changes in business without the need for it to be replaced (which can be costly and disruptive for organizations) 

Risks at runtime would be reduced

Operational bugs as well as late security vulnerabilities would not crop up when software is ready for production. This would significantly reduce the risk surface for organizations. 

Clean Code provides benefits for every stakeholder.  

Concluding thoughts about Clean Code

Software is eating the world. Keeping your code clean creates a better development and operational environment for everyone. Source code is your key asset – build it clean, clean it as you code – avoid it from becoming a liability. Just like we do at Epidata!

After all, thanks to Clean Code, Epidata provides fast and easy-to-understand developments. Thus, we avoid code smells, which are those symptoms that indicate that there is a deep problem. For this reason, we are leading the way in Clean Code. 

From Epidata we support this initiative and encourage projects to start having Clean Code. If you want to know more news about our industry, keep reading our blog. 

*References: adapted from SonarSource (2022): 

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