Making wrong code look wrong → February 4, 2015 Benzi Ahamed The first time I walked into the bakery I couldn’t believe what a mess it was. The sides of the ovens were yellowing, machines were rusting, there was grease everywhere.“Is it always this messy?” I asked.“What? What are you talking about?” the manager said. “We just finished cleaning. This is the cleanest it’s been in weeks.”Oh boy.It took me a couple of months of cleaning the bakery every morning before I realized what they meant. In the bakery, clean meant no dough on the machines. Clean meant no fermenting dough in the trash. Clean meant no dough on the floors.Clean did not mean the paint on the ovens was nice and white. Painting the ovens was something you did every decade, not every day. Clean did not mean no grease. In fact there were a lot of machines that needed to be greased or oiled regularly and a thin layer of clean oil was usually a sign of a machine that had just been cleaned. — Joel Spolsky Now apply that to code.