Oct 10, 2012 - 0 Comments - Computers, Crimson, Programming, Writing -

Refactoring

The last time I was discussing rewriting sections, I remember being asked the question (by somebody not familiar with software dev) as to whether or not that’s something that occurs a lot with code etc. The fact is that it happens so often we programmers have our own term for it, called refactoring.

The term basically means to take one section of code, and modify it so that it essentially has the same function but is better in some way. That’s how we work basically, we write something, test it and keep reiterating until it’s how we expect it to be.

I guess that’s my tip for anybody considering writing. Write your ideas down. Doesn’t matter how terrible they are. Write them down so you don’t forget. And as you write them, as you reread them, you’ll see where you can improve, what works and what doesn’t, and then you can “refactor” the words through however many iterations until it ends up where you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to cut large chunks either, feeling like you’re throwing away stuff. It’s all part of reaching the better story.

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