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Discussion on: Other People's Code and the Intentional Fallacy

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Daniel Golant Author

Exactly, what I am referring to is usually an incredibly small detail in the grand scheme of things.The small scope and trivial nature becomes hard to see when you're tasked with refactoring something that is considered to be a ball of mud, particularly if its a mission-critical ball of mud. I would never suggest we shouldn't consider contract-level intent, or design, just that there is a parallel for whether these sorts of details actually matter.

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Carlos Pires

Right on. I think the concern (with intent) at the detailed level carries over from the concern at the higher level.

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Daniel Golant Author

Right, figuring out what level matters or is intentional is definitely a skill!