def programming


Sometimes, the elegant implementation is just a function. Not a method. Not a class. Not a framework. Just a function.

In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

Functions should do one thing. They should do it well. They should do it only.

The ideal numbers of arguments for a function is zero (niladic). Next comes one (monadic), followed closely by two (dyadic). Three arguments (triadic) should be avoided where possible. More than three (polyadic) requires very special justification ‐ and then shouldn't be used anyway.

It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.

The first rule of functions is that they should be small. The second rule of functions is that they should be smaller than that.

To iterate is human, to recurse divine.

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