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From "Bernt M. Johnsen" <Bernt.John...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Code formatting debate, confusion and wasted time , Has it gone on long enough?
Date Wed, 31 May 2006 19:18:38 GMT
I heartily agree. We definitely need an enforced standard on
this. Personally, I don't care very much about coding style (whether
the "{"'s are placed on separate lines or not, whether a function is
falled "foo()" or "foo ()" etc). But I do very much care about
whitespace problems when dealing with tools like cvs and svn. 

And, we should definitely get rid of the tabs.

>>>>>>>>>>>> Kathey Marsden wrote (2006-05-31 07:12:19):
> In a comment in DERBY-1302 Knut Anders said ....
> >If we want to reindent large parts of the code, I think we should do
> >it sometime after 10.1.3 is released and before the 10.2 branch is
> >created, and we should try to use a style that is used elsewhere in
> >the code (I prefer tab-free code myself).
> Perhaps we have all lived in the code formatting "Tower of Babel" long 
> enough.  I think code formatting like language doesn't matter as long as 
> everyone understands it and it is consistent.  I would like to propose 
> that we:
> 1) Choose and document  a format. 
>    I think everyone can agree to get rid of the tabs.  Otherwise ...
>     The volunteer doing the work gets to propose the format and only 
> very serious objections should be raised
>           in the interest of getting this done.  Some Apache examples 
> are at:
> http://jakarta.apache.org/site/faqs.html#Coding%20Conventions%20and%20Standards
> 2) Set a date six weeks out from the completion of the code formatting 
> documentation  for the reformat so folks can plan accordingly.
> 3) See if there are volunteers willing to determine the correct settings 
> for Eclipse, Net Beans and other IDE's.
> 4) On the reformatting date, reformat both the trunk and the 10.1 branch 
> so that fixes can be merged easily.
> Extra credit, think about  long term maintenance, checking,  and 
> auto-formatting.
> Does anyone have any  objections to a plan like this? If not I will 
> create a Jira entry and subtasks. Anyone tired enough of this issue to 
> take on  this task?
> Kathey
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

Bernt Marius Johnsen, Database Technology Group, 
Staff Engineer, Technical Lead Derby/Java DB
Sun Microsystems, Trondheim, Norway

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