[TUHS] tabs vs spaces - entab, detab
stewart at serissa.com
Sat Mar 6 05:39:21 AEST 2021
I saw the light when my team presented me with a “Larry Stewart, Code Meddler” plaque.
I stopped editing other coders’ style on the spot.
I might have missed the discussion, but when did indent(1) come along? The interwebs say it was
I went through a period thinking that indent with the project standard rules on checkin was a
reasonable idea, but git at least doesn’t seem very friendly towards that sort of thing.
Left to myself I use no tabs (except in Makefiles) and 2-space per level. I think the most
important thing is to maximize the code visible per screenful. Lower indents permit longer
identifiers before the dreaded line-wrapping.
> On 2021, Mar 5, at 12:19 PM, Richard Salz <rich.salz at gmail.com> wrote:
> In my own case, I had been taught the golden rule of "use the style that is already in use" - which I admit, was a hard lesson when I was young I admit.
> In my first Unix job (roughly 40 years ago), I read the vi reference manual and memorized the keystroke commands. And then did
> % cd /user/include
> % vi *.h
> to fix up all the indents and comments.
> Later on I graduated to learning not to do control-p on a Vax console a second time.
> What were your mistakes? ("Always mount a scratch monkey")
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