allowing braces around suites

Antoon Pardon apardon at
Mon Sep 6 08:52:41 CEST 2004

Op 2004-08-31, Isaac To schreef <iketo2 at>:
>>>>>> "Antoon" == Antoon Pardon <apardon at> writes:
>    Antoon> I used to limit myself to indentation to see which code
>    Antoon> belonged to which control. But then I found myself witch
>    Antoon> controls that were so nested it was hard to see to which
>    Antoon> if a particular else suite belonged
> This is a clear sign that you nest too much, and no matter how the
> language looks like your code become very hard to read.

I would agree if it still was hard to see when end markers are

> I'm now used
> to write in C using 8-spaces tabs, with no more than 5 levels of
> indentation (typically 3 levels), and the screen width is maintained
> at 80 columns.

I have had code with only 4 levels of indentation in which I find that
end markers help a lot in finding out which if an else belongs too.

> My rationale is very simple: if Linux kernel hackers
> can do that with their sorely complicated project and I find any
> problem on my own little projects, I must have some real problem.

But C has end markers. So that programmers in a language with end
markers can easily nest up to a certain level doesn't mean that
the same code indented the same but without end markers would be
just as easily readable.

Antoon Pardon

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