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In my experience, verbosity is a slight detriment to clarity -- concise code tends to be easier to understand, although the relationship is not very strong and there are many counterexamples.

The key to clarity and maintainability for me, though, is in the structure. If the code is structured in manageable blocks with clear description on what each block does and how blocks fit together I care little whether within each function the code is concise or verbose.

As a data point, in larger projects with good structure, I generally saw more use concise code than verbose, which may account for my original "concise is better" bias. Just my 2c.




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