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From "Gary Gregory" <ggreg...@seagullsoftware.com>
Subject RE: [all] Line width and such minutiae
Date Tue, 28 Mar 2006 23:38:25 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mfncooper@gmail.com [mailto:mfncooper@gmail.com] On Behalf Of
Martin
> Cooper
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 3:02 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [all] Line width and such minutiae
> 
> On 3/28/06, Henri Yandell <flamefew@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 3/28/06, Phil Steitz <phil.steitz@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > My personal preference is 80 column line widths, partly because
this
> > > makes diffs readable.
> >
> > Sorry, forgot to add this to the other email.
> >
> > For the record, I like 120 column line widths. Java's a verbose
> > language, 80 feels cramped. People can print in landscape :)
> 
> 
> For me, printing is not the issue, side-by-side diffs are the issue. I
> hate
> having to scroll horizontally all the time to see the actual diffs.
That's
> why I'm with Phil on 80 character widths.

This sounds to me like a problem with a particular diff tool. I do not
think we should restrict our source code based on the limitations of
/one/ tool.

For those of us using Eclipse, this is not an issue since the tool
(Eclipse) presents a nice user-interface that allows me to focus on the
nature of the changes as opposed to the changes and the format the
changes are given in.

We use 120 at work. I think we got the idea from Jakarata Commons but I
cannot find a link right now. Plenty of Commons projects use 120, so the
number must come from some previous agreement.

Gary

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> Martin Cooper
> 
> 
> Hen
> >
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