QUOTE(qwerty @ Sep 24 2005, 12:06 AM)
Clean code is a wonderful thing. Back in a previous life, when I was planning on being a programmer, they talked to us about "elegant code". The difference there was that on an executable file, elegant code will run better than sloppy code, because sloppy code is likely to use more system resources. What elegant code for a client/server app has in common with clean code for a web page is that the good stuff is easy to work with. You can see what serves what purpose, changing one thing won't break the whole page, and you can feel pretty secure that it's going to work the same way on one platform as it does on another.
But it aint gonna help your rankings.
I was thinking the same thing while reading this thread. Clean code is wonderful for many reasons, but I doubt it will really help your rankings much.
I always used as little code as possible when writing a program. When I started building websites, I applied that same theory and I like the results from a design standpoint. Less and better use of code is always best---better use being the most important of the two.
It's amazing how many programs use too much code! Blah!