JANUARY 05, 2016

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Clean Code is Important

Written by: Edwin Henry

It’s important to have a website that looks good, but it’s just as important to make sure everything under the hood is tidy and neat. Due to how intangible coding is versus say, server rack management, it’s a bit harder to grasp how messy code can spell disaster for your backend in the long run. Imagine wires running between the back of your store to the front to your display cases and signage. It might work well enough, but eventually the mess of cables will become obstacles; unlabeled and knotted, they’ll start to get in the way. Eventually you’ll get to a point where you have to tear everything up and start again, at great expense.

Data Security is a big issue for any business, especially web-based businesses that utilize commerce storefronts or other infrastructure where customer’s personal information can be exposed. Poorly written or maintained code can be exploited to download yours or your clients’ personal data that shouldn’t be exposed to the public. There is a saying, “measure twice, cut once,” which basically says: do it right the first time.

You’ve likely heard the horror story before; someone needs a project to be done, and trying to be frugal and thrifty, they cheap out on the labor or service that’ll get the job done. Everything appears fine for a while, until problems start to crop up later, and you find yourself woken up in the middle of the night having to call for because your customer’s private data was breached and you need to do damage control. After the repair, you’ll likely be off much worse than if you had simply paid the premium fee in the first place. And without having your confidence shaken in a shoddy product, you’d be confident and rock solid in backing something you know was made with care and attention to detail.

Well written code, along with clear and concise comments, can be an enormous help for any business. Better to pour a solid foundation once rather that have to dig it all up and try and make sense of the chaos that the previous developer left behind.

Along with well-written code, you’ll want to bolster your business’s security by implementing best practices that discourage the flaws that current or future employees might pose – not out of malice, but carelessness. After all, only 27% of data breaches are the result of hackers acting directly.

A majority (about 89%) of breaches occur from malicious code sneaking through exploits or loopholes that can be closed or avoided in the first place with clean code and good behavior. Make sure you and your employees are educated about fishy looking links or websites that might try to piggyback onto your system to take advantage of any flaws that might exist in your architecture.

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