How are we doing?

Marcus Meissner meissner at
Fri Jun 2 07:36:40 CDT 2006

On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 07:27:18AM -0500, EA Durbin wrote:
> >There is precious little "Why" in the comments of a lot of projects - Why 
> >does this function exist, why would I call it, why does it return what it 
> >does, etc.
> >
> >BS comments like those within the function don't help, obviously - but 
> >sometimes a comment block describing WHY a given chunk of code does what 
> >it does would be nice.
> >
> >
> Exactly my point.
> As in the case of wine, you must try to figure out what a block of code 
> does, then that block of code calls existing wine functions that you've 
> never seen before in your life. So then you have to trace that back to find 
> out what the already implemented function does, and look through the code 
> to it, because there is no documentation for it either, then it calls 
> another function, so go ahead and trace back through the code for it too to 
> find out what it does.  Kind of like why i switched to gentoo, I didn't 
> like the rpm dependency hell  of fedora, and this is eerily similar. As a 
> new developer, one is not familiar with all of the functions being used in 
> wine, a block of comment explaining what a function does would be nice, 
> instead of having to trace back through various parts of wine code, just to 
> find out what one function is doing.

If you find something missing, patches or even comments pointing to such
problems are welcome.

Ciao, Marcus

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