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The thing to never admit at a coding interview. Hardcoding means embedding data directly into your source code instead of generating it from external sources (e.g. receiving data through an API endpoint). It might seem like an easy fix in some cases, but it lacks long-term vision. Hardcoded data cannot be edited unless you edit the source code and recompile it. In the long run it's an unsustainable practice, unless you use it for small, unchanging pieces of information.
“Wife: Woo me with your words, Dave.” “Dave, The Developer: You are forever hardcoded in my heart.”