Date Published: 10 December, 2017

Alphabetize your Way to More Readable Code

Super short and simple post this time, because it's explaining a simple concept. The concept is so simple, that I'm slightly embarrassed, almost shocked, that it took me almost 7 years of professional programming, and 3 and a half years of college to see and use this pattern.

The tip? Any time you are writing code and the order of the lines is irrelevant, such as declaring class variables, creating a JSON object, populating an associative array, adding dependencies, configuring your configuration, ad infinitum, use alphabetical order.

Instead of:

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Todd Eidson is a full stack application developer and life-long learner. He is a pragmatic programmer, a believer in clean coding, and an evangelist for extensible and reusable code. His hobbies include collecting old jazz records and going to live music performances.

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