allow line break at operators

Seebs usenet-nospam at
Fri Aug 12 17:06:38 EDT 2011

On 2011-08-12, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 5:33 PM, Seebs <usenet-nospam at> wrote:
>> I've seen people in C do stuff like:

>> ? ? ? ?for (i = 0; i < N; ++i);
>> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?a[i] = 0;

>> This is clearly a case where indentation matches intent, but doesn't match
>> functionality, because C allows indentation to not-match functionality; this
>> is the famous problem Python is solving.

> There's several solutions to this. One is linting utilities that
> detect unexpectedly-indented code, which is the concept that Python
> took to the logical extent of syntactic errors. Another is (again
> linting) to disallow a direct trailing semicolon; if you want an empty
> body, you put whitespace before the semicolon.
> But that wasn't your point, I realise :)

I think it sort of is.  My current preference would be that C-like languages
would simply absolutely eliminate optional-braces.  Then the whole category
of errors would partially-go-away.  You could still have code which didn't
do what you meant, but it would be reliably easy to see what it did, and
so on.  But it's interesting to note that there are many ways to address

Most of the C I've done has been in circumstances where misindented code
was in fact a thing that would fail reviews.

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