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Great talk online from Brian Foote exploring why so much real-world software seems to look like the "big ball of mud", the various efforts to deal with this perceived problem and whether there is even any benefit in aiming for beautiful code.

http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Who-Ever-Said-Programs-Were-Supposed-to-be-Pretty
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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