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From "Doug Davis" <>
Subject Re: VOTE: Coding style
Date Fri, 09 Feb 2001 17:45:03 GMT
Let's say I commit some code that gets reformatted during the
commit process - I then do a cvs diff to see if I got everything,
or just do a cvs diff just for fun.  8-)  Differences will show up even
though I just checked-in the latest code.  Could this get annoying?
Seems like it.

"Glen Daniels" <> on 02/08/2001 08:31:40 PM

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Subject:  VOTE: Coding style

I'd like to come to closure on this.  I will be willing to do the research
to get a formatter working with CVS, but obviously we'll need to clear it
with the Apache guys to make sure it's OK to install.

So, the VOTE - do you want to see an automated formatter be applied to all
source code (*.java) as part of the CVS checkin?

I'll start with : +1.  (If we do this, I'll run the indenter over all the
existing code once it's working)

Can we also take an official poll on coding style?  I propose that we all
take a look at the Java coding conventions at and agree to
and use them, adding the prescription that 4-space tabs MUST be used, with
NO tab characters.

Indentation issues are really the key to CVS confusion, and so if we use an
auto-indenter, that should take care of that problem.  Other coding style
stuff is nice, but not as critical.


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