not a question, just a fun thing with syntax_tools

Wiger Ulf ulf.wiger@REDACTED
Wed May 21 23:01:17 CEST 2003

The recommendation at AXD 301 had very little to do with what 
was considered the prettiest way to indent code. There was one
editor available that provided an indentation mode for Erlang,
so we chose that in the name of consistency.

Even then (and still), some programmers did not like emacs.
That's fine, but we want our code to be written in a consistent 
way. This simplifies maintenance and debugging, and in large
projects, the most common scenario is that the person
maintaining a program is not the same person who wrote it.

Personally, I think emacs is a great editor with really quirky 
keyboard shortcuts, but you can get used to anything.  ;-)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vance Shipley" <vances@REDACTED>
To: <erlang-questions@REDACTED>
Sent: den 21 maj 2003 20:01
Subject: Re: not a question, just a fun thing with syntax_tools

> The vi/emacs religious wars aside ..
> Im my humble opinion exposing the emacs specific (and broken) way
> of indenting is just plain wrong.  The source shouldn't be tied to
> the editor.  That's just obvious.  Indentation should be done with 
> tabs, that should be obvious.  A consistent number of spaces is
> not bad either.  The emacs way is just ugly and makes it hard for
> the rest of us.
> -Vance

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