ugly code

ugly code

Programming source code that is either poorly written or so complex that it is extremely difficult to figure out. See program maintenance.
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The TechEncyclopedia doesn't have an entry for "bad code," but does define "ugly code" as "Programming source code that is either poorly written or so complex that it is extremely difficult to figure out." [1] This definition presumes that someone is writing the code and looking at the code.
As demonstrated in the January issue of E&P, new technology now enables the same scannable data to be embedded in a watermark within a photo (read: no ugly codes clogging up your pages).