Tabs versus Spaces in Source Code
brian at sweetapp.com
Mon May 15 19:25:42 CEST 2006
Edward Elliott wrote:
> Tab is not 4 spaces. Tab is 1 level of indentation. The confusion that
> tabs equals some fixed width, or can/should be set to some fixed width, is
> the entire problem hampering their use. It implies that conversion between
> tabs and spaces is straightforward when it is not. They are not comparable
The problem with tabs is that people use tabs for alignment e.g.
->query = """SELECT *
-> -> -> FROM sometable
-> -> -> WHERE condition"""
Now I change my editor to use 8-space tabs and the code is all messed
up. Of course, a very disciplined group of people could be trained to
never use tabs except to align with the current block level but, in
practice, that doesn't work. Therefore tabs are bad.
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