[erlang-questions] Different code layout examples

Joe Armstrong <>
Fri Aug 13 22:44:58 CEST 2010


On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Brian Williams <> wrote:
> Are there any examples out there of different code layouts that may
> (or may not) look better to someone confused by the punctuation?
> Brian
>
> On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 3:25 AM, Deryk Barker <> wrote:
>> Geoffrey Biggs wrote:
>>>
>>> I've never really had the problems that others seem to with Erlang's
>>> punctuation. I've always thought of an Erlang function as like a
>>> sentence. Just like in sentences, you use different punctuation to
>>> separate the different parts. When you see the full stop, the sentence
>>> ends. A single line is not necessarily a single, self-contained
>>> "statement".
>>>
>>
>> Hear, hear!

I agree.

Commas as separators, are pretty common. We write functions calls thusly:

     foo(a,b,c)

and not:

    foo(a,b,c,)

And English clauses,  with a trailing comma at the end of a sentence,
would be very ugly,.

/Joe

>>
>> I've always found (well-laid out) erlang code to be particularly elegant.
>>
>> deryk
>>
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