Listen to the Voice!

Posted by Piers Cawley on Feb 2, 2007

You know that voice at the back of your head that says things like “That’s not really a data structure, that’s an object that is!”?

You should listen to it.

I’ve been battling away with having a million and one things monkeying with a result set that consists of an array of arrays, when really it should have been a ResultSet which has a collection of ResultSet::Rows. Once I bit that bullet, I got to do things like add ActiveRecord::Errors to each row and generally start to bring a bunch of big guns to bear on a problem.

So, having listened to the voice at last I’m going through and removing code with gay abandon. Sometimes I think removing code is one of the great joys of being a programmer - it’s the code’s way of telling you you got something right.

So, today’s slogan is “Reify early and reify often”.