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From Wendall Cada <>
Subject Re: [POLL] Erlang whitespace standards
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:23:46 GMT
I'm in favor of 4 spaces, 8 for line continuations. Single blank line 
between functions. Also, for all code in the repository, not just Erlang.


On 03/28/2014 02:11 PM, Joan Touzet wrote:
> Time for everyone's favourite topic: whitespace standards.
> I know many of you are fed up with not being able to auto format in
> your favourite editor and match the CouchDB Erlang coding standards, or
> receiving pull requests that are formatted poorly.
> I'd like to fix that with an appropriate whitespace standard, and
> supplementary plugins for vi and emacs that will just Do The Right Thing
> and let us all stop worrying about whitespace corrections in pull
> requests.
> The basic rules seem to be:
>      * Indent everything 4 spaces (not 2 or 8, and no tabs)
>      * Single blank lines between functions
>      * No blank lines between guarded versions of the
>        same function (e.g. couch_btree.erl#L36-L47)
> but beyond that there is some inconsistency in both the code and in
> discussion with other devs.
> Here's a short poll I threw together in Google Docs. I'd love it if you
> could take 5 minutes to reply to it. Early next week I'll summarize and
> post the results. Once we have agreement we can toss up a super small
> Markdown guide / wiki page / whatever and get started on the emacs/vi
> modifications to support it.
> Thanks,
> Joan

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