Fun apps don’t need clean code

Jared Sinclair says that a successful app has nothing to do with writing clean code. Thinking about Riposte:

“Riposte, still used and loved by some App.net diehards, has one or two view controllers I wrote that are thousands of lines long. The app was littered with procedures that should have been generalized but got copied-and-pasted everywhere. And it didn’t matter.”

Most programmers try to improve their code a little from one project to the next. But obsessing about how the code looks and how it’s structured might mean that you’re not spending enough time worrying about the things that matter even more: what the app looks like and what it does (and ever shipping it).

Manton Reece @manton
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