Cargo cult programming

Cargo cult programming is a style of computer programming that is characterized by the ritual inclusion of code or program structures that serve no real purpose.

Cargo cult programming is typically symptomatic of a programmer not understanding either a bug he or she was attempting to solve or the apparent solution .

The term ‘cargo cult programmer’ may also apply when an unskilled or novice computer programmer copies some program code from one place and pastes it into another place, with little or no understanding of how the code works, or whether it is required in its new position.

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