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From: Eric Sunshine <sunshine@sunshineco.com>
To: "Martin Ågren" <martin.agren@gmail.com>
Cc: Git List <git@vger.kernel.org>, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 8/8] worktree: simplify search for unique worktree
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:01:57 -0400
Message-ID: <CAPig+cQ871p8+oQdBBY=ebDdjDWfa5NvEMroitEmk4Db8DfLvA@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAN0heSrUWiZ_xar3G5rZG-c=8OVp5-eByS6rMXOw9wfTA8kmbA@mail.gmail.com>

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 3:48 PM Martin Ågren <martin.agren@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Sep 2020 at 21:28, Eric Sunshine <sunshine@sunshineco.com> wrote:
> > Although this change appears to be correct and does simplify the code,
> > I think it also makes it a bit more opaque. With the explicit
> > `nr_found == 1`, it is quite obvious that the function considers
> > "success" to be when one and only one entry is found and any other
> > number is failure. But with the revised code, it is harder to work out
> > precisely what the conditions are.
>
> Thanks for commenting. I found the original trickier than it had to be.
> It spreads out the logic in several places and is careful to short-cut
> the loop. My first thought was "why doesn't this just use the standard
> form?". But I'm open to the idea that it might be a fairly personal
> standard form... If there's any risk that someone else comes along and
> simplifies this to use a `nr_found` variable, then maybe file this under
> code churning?

Maybe. Dunno. Even with the suggested function comment, I still find
that the revised code has a higher cognitive load because the reader
has to remember or figure out mentally what `found` contains by the
`return found;` at the end of the function. Compare that with the old
code, in which the reader doesn't have to remember or figure out
anything. The final `return nr_found == 1 ? found : NULL;` condition
spells out everything the reader needs to know -- even if the reader
didn't pay close attention to the meat of the function. So, we each
have a different take on the apparent complexity.

> > Having said that, I think a simple
> > comment before the function would suffice to clear up the opaqueness.
> > Perhaps something like:
> >
> >     /* If exactly one worktree matches 'target', return it, else NULL. */
>
> That's a good suggestion regardless.

The function is so small that the increased cognitive load (for me) in
the rewrite probably doesn't matter at all, so I don't feel strongly
one way or the other. Keeping the patch (amended with the suggested
comment) or dropping it are both suitable options.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-09-10 20:03 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 33+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-10 19:03 [PATCH 0/8] various wt-status/worktree cleanups Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 1/8] wt-status: replace sha1 mentions with oid Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 2/8] wt-status: print to s->fp, not stdout Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 3/8] wt-status: introduce wt_status_state_free_buffers() Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 4/8] worktree: drop useless call to strbuf_reset Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:15   ` Eric Sunshine
2020-09-10 19:39     ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:49       ` Eric Sunshine
2020-09-12 14:02         ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 5/8] worktree: update renamed variable in comment Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 6/8] worktree: rename copy-pasted variable Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 20:29   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-12 14:01     ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:29       ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 7/8] worktree: use skip_prefix to parse target Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:03 ` [PATCH 8/8] worktree: simplify search for unique worktree Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 19:28   ` Eric Sunshine
2020-09-10 19:48     ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-10 20:01       ` Eric Sunshine [this message]
2020-09-10 21:08         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-12  3:49 ` [PATCH 0/8] various wt-status/worktree cleanups Taylor Blau
2020-09-12 14:03   ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15 ` [PATCH v2 0/7] " Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 1/7] wt-status: replace sha1 mentions with oid Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 2/7] wt-status: print to s->fp, not stdout Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 3/7] wt-status: introduce wt_status_state_free_buffers() Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 4/7] worktree: inline `worktree_ref()` into its only caller Martin Ågren
2020-09-28  5:30     ` Eric Sunshine
2020-09-28  6:57       ` Martin Ågren
2020-09-28  7:16         ` Eric Sunshine
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 5/7] worktree: update renamed variable in comment Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 6/7] worktree: rename copy-pasted variable Martin Ågren
2020-09-27 13:15   ` [PATCH v2 7/7] worktree: use skip_prefix to parse target Martin Ågren

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