How to write copy-paste friendly code -- An introductory parody

With the growing population of SOA (StackOverflow Oriented Architecture), keeping your code copy-paste friendly is becoming more and more important in demonstrating, developing and question answering.

You want your answer to be available instantly, free of fussy debugging. So copy-paste friendliness is a key property of your code robust enough to be ubiquitously runnable and, eventually, help you gain more reputation.

Adopting copy-paste style is amazing. Copy-paste boosts your productivity by freeing you from rumination on architecture complexity. Your boss will be happy with all the SLOC you commit. Your colleagues will respect your absolute ownership of the magnificent, enigmatic, labyrinthine code artifact built by the blob gleaned from everywhere.

1. Always prefer “==” to strict equality.

Implicit conversion grants you additional robustness. Your code will never complain about ill input. Copy-paste without worry. Yeah

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var x = '10'
if (x == 10) x += 5
y = x / 5 // wow, it works!

And you can enjoy this artistic equality table when debugging. Cool.

2. Always prefer positive condition.

Never return early on invalid case. You can copy-paste it any where in your control flow. Yeah.

If return is added, you have to remove the unnecessary control flow abrupting keyword when you need to copy paste these code into a deeply nested code block, which is quite common in CPS(copy-paste-style) programming.

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function someFunction(someCondition) {
if (someCondition) {
// Do whatever you want
}
}

3. Always prefer tautological check.

Repetition here is for genericity. Every conditional path can be copy-pasted free of reading. They are very safe compile time constructs that preclude the very possibility of runtime undefined panic.

else on individual line is a bonus. You can copy-and paste code without looking at else keyword! What a profit!

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if (a && a.b && a.b.c == 1) {
// never worried about a.b.c is not undefined
}
else
if (a && a.b && a.b.c == 2) {
// repition is one aesthetic rule
}
else
if (a && a.b && a.b.c == 3) {
// very safe even programmer inadvertedly paste it to elsewhere
}

4. Always prefer fully qualified name

Never cache common subexpression. Declaring new variable name will force you read code and find declaration before copy-pasting.

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topVariable.someProperty.nestedProp.anotherProp = 123
console.log(topVariable.someProperty.nestedProp.anotherProp)
topVariable.someProperty.nestedProp.anotherProp += 1

5. Always prefer inlining statements in function

Never factor out functions. Helpers require nonlocal function name lookup when copy-pasting. Dev experience terminator.

Conclusion

Oh, GG. I forgot GitHub Gists!