RE: Do you spellcheck Code Comments

Subject: RE: Do you spellcheck Code Comments
From: "Susan Guttman" <Susan -dot- Guttman -at- contactft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 14:54:36 -0400

It depends on where you work, but if the code comments are being routinely
exported to documentation (i.e., being seen by external eyes), then a typo
counts as a bug of the minor variety, and warrants either an email to the
developer or a bug ticket with his name on it, depending on the way your
company works. As you are exporting this report, it's a correction you'll
have to make every time if it doesn't get fixed. But if it's a one-time deal,
just fix the typo in your doc and move on; if not, do the email and
correction now.

In my last job I routinely edited code comments for JavaDoc in the source -
but this was a formal arrangement and everyone knew I'd be poking at the code
and were okay with it. Made fixing typos a bit easier though. :D

Bill S. Guttman
TW Monkey

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada
Subject: Do you spellcheck Code Comments

I'm using an application called CAST that outputs reports about code. Once of
the outputs is any code comments.

I'm importing the report into FM. Natuarally, I'm spell checking the document
and sometimes I get a hit on the code comment, similar to the following:

"Exectute on all entities if no entity type specified".

In the document, would you correct the spelling of "Exectute" or would you
send a note to the developer. wait for him to fix it, and if he does, then
make the change in the doc?.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer


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