Michael is examining some code in Smalltalk and C. Here it is...
" The original Smalltalk example. "
canvas displayLineFrom: (topPoint x - gibDistance @ topPoint y) to: (topPoint + 1).
/* The original C example. */
canvas.displayLineFrom_to( Point.asPoint(topPoint.x() - gibDistance, topPoint.y()), topPoint.MoveBy(1,1));
I would not hesitate to use the "Descriptive Temporary" pattern. (Is there one? Maybe there should be.) Taking this to the extreme, I might end up with something like the following in Smalltalk and C, respectively. Keeping to short methods, I would not have much more code than this in a single method or function. I think this style, while longer, is easier on my brain...
" The Smalltalk example with descriptive temporaries. "
x := topPoint x - gibDistance
y := topPoint y
lineBegin := x @ y
lineEnd := topPoint + 1
canvas displayLineFrom: lineBegin to: lineEnd.
/* The C example with descriptive temporaries. */
int x = topPoint.x() - gibDistance;
int y = topPoint.y();
Point lineBegin = new Point(x, y);
Point lineEnd = topPoint.MoveBy(1, 1);
Now, this also has the effect of making Smalltalk more readable than C since there is less line noise. But I learned Smalltalk before I learned C.