Philosophy and Style

Rules To Live By

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

  • 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. 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.
  • Design for fewer special cases. Strive to code in a way that doesn't require special cases (i.e. if/else's).
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