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From "Rodrigo Madera" <rodrigo.mad...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Code formatting debate, confusion and wasted time , Has it gone on long enough?
Date Fri, 09 Jun 2006 16:25:08 GMT
So you vote on spaces or tabs anyway?

On 6/9/06, Dyre.Tjeldvoll@sun.com <Dyre.Tjeldvoll@sun.com> wrote:
> Rodrigo Madera <rodrigo.madera@gmail.com> writes:
>
> > One thing there is to learn from all this: Set standards BEFORE the
> > project starts.
>
> Actually, it is not that simple. Derby opted to follow Sun's java
> guidline which, believe it or not, says that if tabs are used, then the
> tabwidth should be 4. Which, of course, is utterly brain-dead.
>
> It would have been much less painful to introduce space indentation
> gradually if the tabwidth had been 8, because then tab and space
> indentation could have coexisted in a file without making the file
> unreadable in most tools.
>
> A file that is consistently indented with tabs and tabwidth=4, is
> better, but not much. Using tools like cat, less, diff (even svn
> diff), or a2ps is a pain because every line appears wrapped and is
> hard to read... (yes, I'm one of those old fools that refuse to live
> my life inside an IDE).
>
> But files with both indentation styles is, by far, the worst. I'm so
> tired of scanning my patches for places where I have accidently
> tab-indented a line in a method that's space-indented, or vice
> versa. This is perhaps not the most important issue in Derby, but I
> think it really cuts the "joy of development" factor for Derby. And
> that's not good for an open source project...
>
> --
> dt
>
>

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