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From Kathey Marsden <kmarsdende...@sbcglobal.net>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Approve coding conventions for the Derby project
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 20:38:52 GMT
Rick Hillegas wrote:

> I don't want to stop the vote if we can avoid it. However, I have some 
> misgivings that we may not agree on what we're approving. Everyone may 
> be hearing what they want to hear.
I see what you are saying about folks hearing what they want to hear.

> Clarity is the key goal of Derby's coding standards. The coding 
> guidelines at 
> http://java.sun.com/docs/codeconv/html/CodeConvTOC.doc.html are a 
> style primer, not a law book. Mine this document for good examples but 
> use your common sense. Feel free to disregard any advice which is 
> religious in nature or which would make your code brittle. Above all 
> else, write clearly.
  I don't think this wording would bring us into compliance with the db 
project guidelines that we have  a "well-defined convention"  and would 
create a state without a general agreed upon direction where we are 
bound to have countless discussions about code formatting "religion" as 
you put it.    We need an agreed upon base color for our shed.  If as 
folks are painting they feel the need to vary a bit that does not 
interfere with the general color scheme, add trim etc, that is 
reasonable, but  we don't want to go back to a state where we encourage 
everyone to grab a can of whatever color paint they want and start 
painting and repainting, running colors into each other and have to 
debate about it.


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