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Issue 16.3 ('XDC 2018')
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Making Code Better

Issue: 16.3 (May/June 2018)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Refactoring is one of those concepts that sounds complicated. I won't tell you it isn't complicated, but it's definitely not something you should fear. Refactoring is simply revising your code to make it better.

The trick is deciding what you mean by "better." There are many levels of better. For instance, you could simply rewrite your code to make it more readable. This could include changing the names of variables to identify their values more accurately, combining—or separating—code, and adding comments.

Let's look at an example of some code. Say we've got the following method, which calculates the average nutrients consumed over a series of meals:

Public Sub calcAverageMeal()

dim i, j, k, n, numberOfDays as integer

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