“Measuring software productivity by lines of code is like measuring progress on an airplane by how much it weighs.” – Bill Gates
This blog will share all the key attributes that can be used to determine code quality:
- Clarity: Easy to read and oversee for anyone who isn’t the creator of the code. If it’s easy to understand, it’s much easier to maintain and extend the code. Not just computers, but also humans need to understand it.
- Maintainable: A high-quality code isn’t overcomplicated. Anyone working with the code has to understand the whole context of the code if they want to make any changes.
- Documented: The best thing is when the code is self-explaining, but it’s always recommended to add comments to the code to explain its role and functions. It makes it much easier for anyone who didn’t take part in writing the code to understand and maintain it.
- Refactored: Code formatting needs to be consistent and follow the .
- Well-tested: The less bug the code has the higher its quality is. Thorough testing filters out critical bugs ensuring that the software works the way it’s intended.
- Extensible: The code you receive has to be extendible. It’s not really great when you have to throw it away after a few weeks.
- Efficiency: High-quality code doesn’t use unnecessary resources to perform the desired action.