Clever Code

Great post from John Gruber on why clever code and cowboy culture is bad. Love the quotes from Guido van Rossum and Brian Kernighan. Every new programmer should read this:

“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.” Guido van Rossum

Great example of not only coding style but engineering leadership.