in reply to Code Maintainability

Interesting discussion, but apart from (and above, really) the syntax (incl. comments) impact on semantics, I find that code design is of superior importance for maintainability; Consider design principles such as Separation of Concerns, Orthogonality, Extensibility, Testability (quote On-Writing-Maintainable-Code) :

Can I find the code related to the problem or the requested change? Go +od Naming, High Cohesion, Single Responsibility Principle, Separation + of Concerns Can I understand the code? Good Naming, Composed Method, The Principle + of Least Surprise, Can You See The Flow of the Code?, Encapsulation Is it easy to change the code? Don't Repeat Yourself, Wormhole Anti-Pa +ttern, Open Closed Principle Can I quickly verify my changes in isolation? Loose Coupling, High Coh +esion, Testability Can I make the change with a low risk of breaking existing features? L +oose Coupling, High Cohesion, Open Closed Principle, Testability Will I know if and why something is broken? Fail Fast

Best regards,
Allan Dystrup