Guido's intuition (was Re: typetesting, adaptation, typeclasses, ...)
John J. Lee
jjl at pobox.com
Sat Feb 2 22:46:55 CET 2002
On Sat, 2 Feb 2002, Tim Peters wrote:
> What the Python developers do get testy about is living with Guido's
> seemingly inconsistent demand that Python code use 4-space indents with no
> hard tabs, C code use 8-space hard-tab indents. Oddly enough, the more
> intelligent of us agree with him, but nobody can explain why <wink>.
Intelligence here is as judged by preferred indentation style, I presume?
Long C type names -->
tendency to use short variable names -->
tendency to write too much on one line, or use too many indentation
levels, on those lines containing no type names -->
increase indentation to counter this tendency?
Of course, the 8 character tab width is axiomatic.
(I confess I did debate the indentation here, and the positioning of the
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