Four Irritating Lines of Code
June 25th, 2005
At many places in the framework, you’ll see properties of types named for the enumerations or types they receive. I was indifferent to that until just now.
I just wrote these four lines of code. It took much longer than it needed to.
BinaryFormatter f = new BinaryFormatter(); f.FilterLevel = TypeFilterLevel.Low; f.TypeFormat = FormatterTypeStyle.TypesWhenNeeded; f.AssemblyFormat = FormatterAssemblyStyle.Simple;
Consider the last three lines. None of the enumeration names are even close to the corresponding property on the formatter.
For all three of these, I typed out something like this:
f.FilterLevel = FilterLevel.
[No Intellisense, there’s a problem]
[Intellisense shows up; oh, it’s “TypeFilterLevel”]
f.FilterLevel = TypeFilterLevel.Low;
Maybe the usability studies didn’t make it to