Your Software Code Must Have These 8 Characteristics

March 28, 2015

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We are living in a world where things just happen within a click. There are software all around that are responsible for such a hi-tech scenario. But have you ever thought what it takes to make a feature-rich software, what lends to its high-end functionality? Most of us would just ignore this point and will keep on highlighting the negatives of a poor software. However, in reality, the fault is not in the software, but in the way in which it is coded. So, it is very important to do the coding of that level, which makes your software easy and fun to use.

Just give a thought, how your computers, refrigerators and microwaves managed to offer you the best service of instant information, chilled delicacies and freshly cooked food. It was all the magic of their software coding that made you enjoy the best of all these electronic gadgets. If we explicitly talk about their magical conduct, then here are those 8 characteristics, which are the reason behind the success of any software code. Check out these important “must haves”.

No doubt every developer will have different answers for this, but the definition of a good code will always hold a handful of these qualities, which are often cited as being characteristic of a well-written code. Discussed below are the 8 gems that are known for making a good code:

• What Matters is, Your Code Must Serve the Purpose

All know that codes can’t be created equally. Even if they are created for the same purpose, they will be different in some way or the other. So the sole purpose of the code must be that it should work and solve the purpose for which it has been written. If your code fails to work as per your or others expectations, then it can’t be considered as a good code. Therefore, make sure that your code works.

• Easy Readability is An Important Code Trait

One of the most important quality of a code is how easily you can read it. A top notch code is a one that makes it easy for other programmers to understand what you have written with a minimum amount of time and effort. A good naming strategy, smart use of comments and clear control flow are the vital ingredients that make your code easy to read and hence easier to maintain, augment or reuse.

• If You Can Test It with Ease, There’s No Doubt in Its Quality

The quality of a code is reflected from the ease of its testing. Talking about it more specifically, the goodness of your code is demonstrated when it is tested programmatically. This means when each component of your code does what it is supposed to do, it is then you can say it is a high quality code.

• How Easily You Can Maintain The Code

No matter how well you have written the code, there will be bugs, which you will have to fix. It is the easiness with which it can be fixed that will make it a well-maintained code. And, this all depends upon factors like readability, simplicity and modifiability. So, if you can maintain your code well, it will symbolize its high quality.

• The Complete Software Code Look

Although this point has nothing to do with the code functionality, but it holds a great importance for the developers. The use of right spacing, indentation and capitalization make a software program easier to understand and read. Just try to make your code look better.

• Change, How Readily You Can Do It With Your Code

It’s not like that the code once written can’t undergo changes. A good code is always the one that can be changed from time to time to bring out the best results. Developers like the codes that can be modified effortlessly without causing any unpleasant side-effects.

• It is The Simple Code That Rocks

The complex things are always difficult to understand. This is the reason why developers want simple codes. Avoid using those deep nested loops, complex if/else statements or other complicated coding structures and get the best code without over-complicating things.

• Efficiency is The Next Big Thing

Write a code that runs fast and uses minimum system resources. This will account for the efficiency of your written code and will lead to faster execution times.

So, when you are determining the feature-richness of any software code, look for these 8 characteristics. Availability of all these factors will define the accuracy and proficiency of your code.

About the Author Ranjit Singh is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at RV Technologies. In the past 10+ years, he has focused on helping clients to expand their business through the best digital solutions. Leading a team of 100+ employees, he knows how to implement the best market practices to transform a client’s business growth and help him achieve dedicated goals.

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