6 things all good software code has in common

Not all source code is created equal. Here’s what developers say makes some software code far better than others

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There's lots and lots of software code in the world these days; heck, Google alone has more than 2 billion lines of code in its repository. But not all source code is created equal. Software developers usually have strong preferences as to what makes some raw code "good."

To find out what makes the code behind some software better than others, I consulted a handful of longtime software developers. I also scoured online discussion forums to see what characteristics other programmers expect or want in the code they write and have to work with.

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