Alien whitespace eating nanovirus strikes again!
Michael P. Reilly
arcege at shore.net
Thu Jun 3 20:44:05 CEST 1999
Randall Hopper <aa8vb at yahoo.com> wrote:
: Aahz Maruch:
: |Paul Prescod <paul at prescod.net> wrote:
: |>...whitespace handling....
: |...this is one point that still annoys me.
: |Oh, I've gotten used to it, no question about that, and I even
: |appreciate the readability when it comes to working over someone else's
: |code (which is what I've mostly been doing). But the whitespace problem
: |is a real PITA when it comes time to make a change to the structure of a
: |program -- it's an investment I don't mind making when I'm doing "real"
: |programming, but when I'm making a bunch of quick, fiddly changes to
: |debug something it continually gets in my way.
: I actually have like Python's whitespace-as-syntax, but I can see your
: If I was still locked onto vi, it'd be a pain, and I can see that being an
: issue with some editors. Though with emacs, there's rectangular kill
: (^Xrk) and block indent/dedent (^X^I) -- key sequences I use without even
: thinking anymore.
I don't even see it as a problem in vi. There are pretty simple block
operations (:'a,.s/^/ /) that make it easy enough (as easy as vi can
Given the problem of multiple coders and "proper whitespace" (insert
your definition here), there is _usually_ going to be an indent/outdent
problem, regardless of the language or the editor.
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