Now there’s an idea…!
Pippin (his gravatar look so mischievous!) , from Pippin’s Plugins, has launched a new somewhat satirical blog cleverly (or not so cleverly) named “Crappy Code” where he’ll showcase some of the terrible coding practices that he stumbles upon in his quest to discover and review WordPress plugins.
The stated goals are simple:
- Educate others about bad code
- Give real examples of bad code and learn from it
- Have fun
I distinctly like how his focus is first and foremost on education – sure, all of us have written some pretty crappy code in our lives – I know as I did last night in an effort to hack a personal notification system for WordPress-related news. The code was absolute bottom-of-the-barrel crap… and yet, it worked.
And that’s the tension we find ourselves in at times where all of our work can’t always be our very best – that’s life and we take our shots and learn from our mistakes as we go.
If you’ve got some great examples or want to highlight some terrible practices (so you can get better and help educate others), then I’m sure Pippin will take them off your hands and showcase it to the world.
I’m behind the idea because I’m a massive offender (*raises hand high*) – heck, I’m unashamed about it and I need to keep learning (just like Pippin too). But, that’s also why I work with people like Tom McFarlin on my team who I serve by providing endless laughter as he audits my work.
He’s kind about it though. Sometimes.