The working world would be nice if we could only develop and maintain our own code. The reason being: we would inherently understand the concepts, work-flow, and logic within it. But like every working developer I’ve ever known, including myself, our days are filled with maintaining existing programs – sometimes a process not for the feint of heart. As a long-time programmer, often with a staff of other programmers to watch over, I learned early in my career how important enforcing programming standards is in contributing to the overall success of a project.
PHPMaster: The Importance of Standards