Tab wars revisited (was Re: Python indentation)
sam at heffalump.me.uk
Thu Jul 8 10:04:29 CEST 2004
> On what planet is *anyone* forced to use Notepad for real
> development? That is, for anything other than emergency
The company where I used to work was one such planet :(
Nonetheless, tabs are still evil even if you are forced to use notepad.
I used a two space indent, which was tolerable for the ASP work I was
The problem was that they didn't want to spend money getting a license
for any of the IDEs used by the permanent staff for me because I wasn't
there for long, and I wasn't allowed to install my own editor because
they had a general policy against installing anything "unapproved" on
their computers. Vim fell under this category and I was told to remove
it before "anyone saw it".
This was before the all singing all dancing notepad you get with Windows
XP. This was a notepad which didn't have a line number display in the
status bar or a go to line feature. I used to locate errors by putting
a 6 at the start of the line that I thought was wrong and seeing which
line the resulting ASP syntax error was on.
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