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Coding Stories VII - Add, Subtract the same value

Looking over an open source library I found the following code:
interval void SomeMethodName(FooIncoming that)
if (that.numAnswers > 0)  
  SupportClass.IListSupport.AddAll(this.answers, this.numAnswers, (IList) ((ArrayList) that.answers).GetRange(0, that.numAnswers - 0));
  this.numAnswers += that.numAnswers;
if (that.numAuthorities > 0)
  SupportClass.IListSupport.AddAll(this.answers, this.numAnswers + this.numAuthorities, (IList) ((ArrayList) that.answers).GetRange(that.numAnswers, that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities - that.numAnswers));
  this.numAuthorities += that.numAuthorities;
if (that.numAdditionals > 0)
  SupportClass.ICollectionSupport.AddAll(this.answers, (IList) ((ArrayList) that.answers).GetRange(that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities, that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities + that.numAdditionals - (that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities)));
  this.numAdditionals += that.numAdditionals;
What I loved in this code was:
that.numAnswers – 0
that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities - that.numAnswers
that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities + that.numAdditionals - (that.numAnswers + that.numAuthorities)
I don’t understand why a developer would make something like this. Any number subtracted with 0 will have the same value like before. Also if you add a number and after that you subtract that same value you will get the original value.
The code would be equivalent with:
The second thing that I noticed is the ‘that’ argument. I’m not a fan of this kind of names. Maybe a name like ‘incoming’ or something similar would be better.


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