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From Doug Cutting <>
Subject coding conventions
Date Thu, 19 Sep 2002 21:47:44 GMT
Scott Ganyo wrote:
> Nevertheless, I'm willing to accept that you have defined it as "Lucene
> standard style" and I do abide by it when developing Lucene...

I don't think style should be (or even can be) mandated.  When writing 
new code from scratch, a developer should of course try use a style that 
is not egregiously different than that of the code that it's destined to 
join, but he or she doesn't have to rigidly adhere to an identical 
style.  When editing existing code, a good-faith effort should be made 
to adhere to its existing style.  That's just good manners.

In general, we should respect the styles of other developers, and hope 
in turn that they will respect our style choices.  I don't mind a 
project with a variety of styles: the personality of the developer 
should show in the code.  I don't even mind a class with different 
methods coded in different styles if they were written at different 
times and/or by different developers.

So I don't think there is a "Lucene standard style".  There's my style, 
which accounts for a lot of the code because I wrote a lot of the code. 
  But, for example, the German analyzer, which I did not write, is in a 
different style.  That's not mayhem, it's just tolerance of diversity.


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