Why is code quality important
How can I deal with an employee who doesn't particularly care about code quality?
You're developing code for a company, so in addition to (actually more than) a developer, you need to think like an entrepreneur. This mindset usually grows with seniority.
All of the coding guidelines, self-documenting codes, maintainable codes, and other shiny things mentioned in books by various experts are great to follow. However, if you want to convince people to follow them, you need a more compelling reason than this:
Things that in my opinion shouldn't go into our main industry
You need data to secure your claims. You can certainly go to your boss and suggest doing all that shiny stuff (regardless of being a junior), but be ready to answer the question, "What would the benefits be for the project if you did this ? "
Vague statements like "it makes the code more readable / maintainable / testable / etc." (or much worse, "so and so recommends") does not convince anyone to change their best practices.
Remember, your seniors' "bad" code has been doing the job for ages. "Getting work done" is one of the most important things in business. If you tell people that there is a better way to do their job with just your "opinion" to keep them safe, you will not be persuaded to take the risk.
I would definitely encourage you to urge the team to do the shiny stuff, but be ready to put in the effort necessary to collect the data in support of your claims.
As an added tip, I hope you don't use the tone that you used in this post to convince your seniors. "Ha ha, you suck, I'll teach you how to do it" will definitely not work. "I have a suggestion to improve X and I think these are the reasons we would benefit from it. What do you think?" has a far better chance of being accepted.
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