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Philosophy and Style

Rules To Live By

Factor follows Unix Philosophy regarding the way it's developed. This can be summarized by the following:

  • Each module should do one thing well. For something new, start a new module instead of adding new features.
  • Portability over efficiency. Modular code that can be removed or included stand-alone (e.g. in a test) is more important than concepts like DRY.
  • Small and opinionated over options and features. Parts of the Factor program should strive to be as small in size and scope as possible. Options should be removed in favor of elegant defaults.
  • Code for fewer special cases. Strive to code in a way that doesn't require special cases (i.e. if/else's). Read Linus stack on "Good Taste" in code →