The Elements of [programming] Style OCT 14 2008
Read in the right way, Strunk and White's The Elements of Style becomes an important reference for software development.
5.21. Prefer the standard to the offbeat
Young writersInexperienced programmers will be draw at every turn toward eccentricities in language. They will hear the beat of new vocabulariesabstractions, the exciting rhythms of special segments of their societyindustry, each speaking a language of its own. All of us come under the spell of these unsettling drums; the problem for beginners is to listen to them, learn the words, feel the vibrations, and not be carried away.