Which contentious opinions in programming actually matter?
charliedeveloper Jun 14
I think this question would breed a toxic comment section if it was posted in most places on the internet but I think the dev.to community is up to the challenge for a positive chat about stereotypical programming opinions! So hold my beer, here goes...
There are more stereotypical opinions floating around the development community than you can shake a stick at: tabs vs spaces, Windows vs Mac, nano vs vim etc...
The vast majority don't really matter in the long run, however I am interested in peoples opinions about which stereotypically contentious issues actually make a difference and have as close to a generally accepted 'correct answer' as you are likely to find in programming?
An example (in my current opinion) to mull over:
"the less code you write the better" I find this breeds unreadable code that causes knowledge silos and junior devs to spontaneously combust when they see it.
The difference in opinions in the topics raised are potential powder kegs so please try and be respectful if you respond. If in doubt, just imagine you are discussing it with your granny.