Baklava Code

What Does Baklava Code Mean?

Baklava code is an IT term for code that is too complex, specifically, a code base that has too many layers of abstraction or architectural layers. Programmers talk about this and other problems with code in evaluating how best to develop software products, and what pitfalls to stay away from when writing code.


Techopedia Explains Baklava Code

Baklava code can be contrasted with other key terms in IT. One is spaghetti code, a negative term for code that has overcomplicated logic and poor overall construction. By contrast, baklava code can also lead to some of the same kinds of practical problems as spaghetti code. It is also important to contrast baklava code with another term: lasagna code – lasagna code is also used to describe software with a layered structure, but it is not always negative. It is often used to describe code that is simple and straightforward. While lasagna code may not be easy to change because of a generic or homogenous production, it may work very well for its intended use.

Baklava code, on the other hand, implies that the project has too much abstraction, and that it is likely to break down or malfunction in some way. Some experts talk about baklava code “leaking” throughout its layers, and talk about the layers of code as permeable, but some others see this as a logical fallacy, claiming that just because something has a lot of layers, that does not mean it is going to necessarily leak. The general use of baklava code negatively describes software with layers that are not needed and can obfuscate the process of understanding and working with the source code.


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