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Tim Marsh timothy.j.marsh at
Thu Dec 24 19:13:45 GMT 2009

sorry for top posting.. christmas eve , a few beers down etc.. ,  but have
to say, very nicely put.


2009/12/24 Oliver Humpage <oliver at>

> On 23 Dec 2009, at 12:00, Paddy Uglow wrote:
> >> i've had to put in nasty hacks because I can't get at the
> >> templates or other files I need to do soemthing the "right" way
> > A perfect example of what I mean about how code starts to bloat, and
> > why I'm
> > always a bit reluctant to use "ready-made solutions" except when I'm
> > forced
> > to through inability to write them myself (not uncommon! If only I
> > could
> > write my own tinymce equivalent...)
> The problem with hand-rolled solutions is that often they turn out to
> be hard for others to maintain. As with Rick's code example the other
> day, it's better to have bloated but commonly-understood code than
> tight but hard for others to read at a glance code. I think this is
> partly why frameworks work really well: not only does it save you the
> effort of all the usual drudgery, but it means anyone with a general
> knowledge of frameworks can maintain or update the site.
> Also, say what you like about Drupal html bloat, but I've found that
> if you ever look at a page and think "oo, where did that box/sentence/
> widget come from?" one glance at the classes of the containing divs
> will reveal it: "ah, it's the title of the block part of view 2."
> Saves quite a lot of trawling through code to change something.
> Bloat is not always bad. Everything in moderation.
> Oliver.
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