Tabs -vs- Spaces: Tabs should have won.

Andrew Berg bahamutzero8825 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 01:55:59 CEST 2011


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On 2011.07.17 06:29 PM, Roy Smith wrote:
> We don't have that problem any more.  It truly boggles my mind that 
> we're still churning out people with 80 column minds.  I'm willing
> to entertain arguments about readability of long lines, but the idea 
> that there's something magic about 80 columns is hogwash.
I think the reason the idea isn't dead is because of the emergence of
new devices with small displays (tablets/smartphones/etc.) and their
increasing popularity. When writing code that is meant to be run on
desktops or servers, the 80-column limit is mostly irrelevant, but
Python running on these small devices, especially with Python code being
interpreted rather than compiled, it's convenient to edit code on those
platforms, where there is a significant column limit.

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