Lately I've been using the phrase "this violates the Zen of Jer Lang" whenever I see code that irks me.
To be fair I have to actually write down what the Zen is. Right?
Jer Lang is the name for my programming language that doesn't actually exist. That's why it's so good. It doesn't have any faults if it doesn't exist. Right?
The Zen of Jer Lang is a play on the Zen of Python:
Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!