We can talk about good code and bad code all day, but it’s important to recognize the other traits of code — other axes on which code can be evaluated.

One of the common ones is the term hacky. What is that?

In some cases, hacky code is meant to run only as a demo, just something ‘hacked together’, like a poet scribbling on the nearest piece of paper she can find. In the programming realm, this proof-of-concept, some early version of an algorithm, often gets picked up as a golden egg and shoved into production. …

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