I had a few minutes so I wrote up a basic outline of this in more detail. I'm certainly not the first person to think of this but it's a shame I've never seen it gain widespread support. http://blog.shivoa.net/2017/11/tabs-vs-spaces-is-wrong-question.html
@shivoa Hmm good thought. Probably the reason is inertia; large parts of programming have not changed for decades in this regard. For example, why I can't put pictures into code comments (diagrams, explanations, etc.)? And so on.
@shivoa Wow, that kind of just blew my mind.
@hannah @shivoa That's no problem. I use VS Code as my default editor, but I include Vim controls. ;-) The #godotengine source code performs clang-format checks that verify all merged code uses tabs, so I've gotten pretty used to that style now.
That said, it also does a weird mix of pythonic naming conventions inside C++. Typenames are PascalCase, but variables and functions are in snake_case.
@akien @hannah @shivoa Really? I never knew that. Granted, I'm not the most experienced programmer. Only been programming for, like, 6 years, 4 of which were in college devoted exclusively to camelCase conventions (I didn't even mess with Python-like syntax until I started learning GDScript earlier this year).
I've grown accustomed to it, but I had thought it was something born simply out of your guys' preference for Python syntax and tooling, etc. Good to know it's more commonplace.
@shivoa @hannah @akien Wait, that's not entirely true. My first experience with programming was GameMaker Language, which uses snake_case. But I only dabbled with it briefly since I was still not sure I could make it as a programmer at the time.
I went into college to be a Christian missionary in Japan, and then 1-year in I realized I needed to find a major that'd allow me to feed myself, and I tried out programming. Lo-and-behold, I enjoyed it immensely (and was ok at it).
@akien @shivoa @willnationsdev I think that camelCase works best for C++ but snake_case was used in C due to the lack of classes so names would actually be the sole way of organising code.Functions like libname_create_http_handler() and stuff are a relic of C that has made its way into modern C++.
That being said I'm a C# programmer so it's all rather uncivilised as far as I'm concerned ;)
@shivoa @aras I have a friend who works somewhere where they use resharper (or similar) to convert all code to house style on commit & they have hooks to allow individuals to re-format into their preferred format when source is pulled from the server.
It's not quite the "store source as ASTs" nirvana you're proposing, but it is doable right now :)
@darbotron Yep, I really hope that workflow appears in a standard VCS platform/tools in the near future. Once it becomes widespread, I don't see many going back.
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