On NETTUTS.com today Burak Guzel has written up some good tips on how to make your code much more readable (and easier to maintain in the future. Not all of them are directly PHP related, but they are general enough to be applied in other places in your development.
Code readability is a universal subject in the world of computer programming. It’s one of the first things we learn as developers. Readable and maintainable code is something to be proud of in a finished product. We can share it with others, contribute to other projects, and reuse code from applications we wrote months or even years ago.
Tips included in the list cover topics like:
- comments & documentation
- code grouping
- avoiding deep nesting
- using consistent temporary names
- using object-oriented code versus procedural
- effective refactoring