[erlang-questions] Multi-line comments in Erlang

Bengt Kleberg <>
Fri Dec 10 08:54:45 CET 2010


Greetings,

A variable with _ in it is easier to read than one without. Why would
your co-workers harm you for making their life easier?


bengt

On Fri, 2010-12-10 at 00:21 +0100, Ryan Zezeski wrote:
> 
> On Dec 9, 2010, at 4:48 AM, "Zvi ." <> wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > 3. Free format is the king! Language designers shouldn't dictate programmers
> > how to format and ident their code.
> > How differnt is starting comment line from '%' in Erlang, from putting 'C'
> > or '*' in the first column in FORTRAN?
> > 
> > Zvi
> > 
> 
> Really?  If free format is king then why does every lang have common code conventions?  For example, I hate CamelCase but that doesn't mean I'm going to start naming my variables camel_case in Java because my coworkers would take me out back and beat me.
> 
> There should always be a middle ground between extremes but without some type of common conventions our code would be a tower of babel, more so than it already is.  People make certain assumptions, and when you break those assumptions confusion, contempt, and even bugs can ensue.
> 
> I don't see the need for multiline comments as described in this thread.  Any reputable editor can handle it.  I know I have no problems in Emacs or Vim.
> 
> I also know in the past multiline comments in C++ has bitten me because I nested them in order to comment out code.  As has been said, good SCM takes care of this for you, git stash and branch come to mind.
> 
> -Ryan



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