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The Ministry of Code Smells

Lyrics by Doug Rosenberg
Copyright © 2002 ICONIX Software Engineering, Inc.

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Picture this scene from monty python's flying circus. john cleese sits at a desk, in a suit. the desk has a sign on it that says "Ministry of Code Smells". in walk a pair of programmers, Eric Idle and (dressed as a woman) Terry Jones. They are carrying a computer printout.

Cleese:
Good Morning. We'd like to smell your code, please.
 
 
Idle:
Good Morning, Sir. Yes, we've got it right here.
 
 
Jones:
(whispers -- in the high-pitched falsetto voice): Did you use deodorant on the code this morning, dear?
 
 
Idle:
(whispers) Yes, of course I did.
 
 
Cleese:
Well I'll be the judge of that. Let's have it.
 
 
Idle:
(hands over the code) Yes, sir.
 
 
Cleese:
(takes a whiff). No, that won't do at all. (sniffs again) No, that will never do. That is definitely a "code smell".
 
 
Idle:
But I washed it twice, and then used deodorant.
 
 
Cleese:
No, sorry, you'll just have to refactor that.
 
 
Jones:
(shreeks) BUT I WORKED ALL DAY ON THAT CODE.
 
 
Cleese:
Now look here madam...
 
 
Jones:
(gets up and pounds purse on Cleese's desk) NO, NO, NO, NOOOOOO