This week's Economist features an article on academic "spaghetti code" which notes the Software Sustainability Institute's goal of "encouraging British academics to code sensibly".
SOME programmers call it “spaghetti code”. Though error-strewn, it works—most of the time. It is likely to have been written in an out-of-date language, possibly more than one of them. It has grown by accretion, as different graduate students and postdocs, many long since departed to other institutions, have tweaked it, fixed it and patched it. And it is, of course, unannotated, so nobody really knows what is going on inside it.
The article notes Neil Chue Hong's vital role as Principal Investigator, and we would like to add our thanks to all of the Institute's staff - and the four founding universities - for making the Institute so successful that it's now being picked up by mainstream newspapers!