Programming is great because you can just take that huge messy chuck from the middle of your function and hide it away under a new name in a new function and feel good about how you "cleaned up" the original function by abstracting the internals.
This is exactly how I used to clean my room as a kid - I'd refactor all the junk on the floor to be under my bed. Boom - problem solved.
@bigzaphod its even better you can put it away in a whole different file
if its really bad you can make it into a *module* and publish it and never have to look inside ever again
its great i can never think about all the horrid things i've done out of laziness or spite
@bigzaphod I've started using code regions instead to remind myself that it's still a mess, and only create separate private methods when I need to reuse code. That's helped keep things actually clean.
@bigzaphod well, that works only so long as you have room under the bed (unless you happen to be hiding a TARDIS under there). :)
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