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A silly example

These two fragments of code both calculate the distance from the origin of a point on a plane with gradient 1 in both the x and y directions, but one is much clearer than the other:


// Calculate the height of a plane of gradient 1
// in both the x and y directions.
#include <stdio.h>
#include <math.h>
int main() {
  double x, y, z, distance;

  x = 2.1;
  y = 1.3; 
  z = x + y;
  distance = sqrt(x*x + y*y + z*z);
  printf("Distance; %g\n", distance);
 // See what happens now
  x = 10.0;
  y = y + x;
  printf("Distance; %g\n", distance);
  // More code here...
  return 0;
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 double variable1, variable2, variable3;
 double i_feel_like_a_banana;

  variable1 = 2.1;
  variable2 = 1.3;
  variable3 = variable1 + variable2;
  i_feel_like_a_banana = sqrt(variable1*variable1 
    + variable2*variable2 + variable3*variable3);

  variable1 = 10.0;
  variable2 = variable2+ variable1;
  printf("Distance; %g\n", i_feel_like_a_banana);

  // More code here...
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