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Longevity in Web Development

January 3, 2014
2 minute read

Today I had the pleasure of looking at some code that I had written about three years ago. A client needed a site updated and I decided that the code also needed to be updated. It's not that the site didn't work just fine - but there was just so much cool stuff I was able to add to it that I didn't have (or know about) 3 years ago. I added some font icons, some fancy new CSS3 properties, and some new javascript for added functionality. I also had to refactor some of the PHP to make it a little cleaner and more efficient.

But all that updating had me wondering if there was a better way. Is there a better way to keep your code more maintainable and "future-proof"? My best guess would be that no - it's impossible to write code that is completely future-proof because new things will always be evolving. It's not to say that you can't write the absolute best program right now and it won't be useful at all in a few years. Because it totally should be. However there will definitely be something you can add or change within a few years. That's just the nature of the beast.

So from now on I suppose I'll try to write all my code as clean and as "future-proof" as I can make it - all while knowing that someday, I'll be back to clean it up a bit more. Or add something shiny and new.