Suggested coding style

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sun Sep 25 17:48:29 EDT 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Petite Abeille
<petite.abeille at> wrote:
> On Sep 25, 2011, at 8:46 PM, Tim Johnson wrote:
>>  Why does it suck? And why do people say 'suck' so much, especially in technical venues? :)
> It's a technical term:

Also, because technical people are opinionated windbags. Goes with the
territory. :) Actually, it's partly because it's so easy to create
standards. You don't like X? Create your own language in which it
doesn't exist! You absolutely detest Y? Ignore it and use something
else! But since we can't ignore _everything_ we dislike, there ends up
a happy medium in which we all use the things that we dislike least,
all the while ranting about those aspects of them that "absolutely,
totally suck", and vowing that we could have done way better if we'd
been in the position of Some Famous Guy back when he had that perfect
opportunity to create a new and perfect standard, but he *blew it* by
having a small and narrow view, etc, etc, etc...

Of course, some of us manage to still be courteous and objective when
discussing the things that suck, while others just go off on lengthy
rants. And if you're willing to learn, it's not uncommon to start off
complaining and end up appreciating. :)

Chris Angelico

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