[webkit-dev] Proposing style guide change regarding braces on conditional arms

Darin Fisher darin at chromium.org
Fri Dec 4 11:39:32 PST 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM, Adam Treat <treat at kde.org> wrote:

> On Friday 04 December 2009 12:17:03 pm Jeremy Orlow wrote:
> > I'm not necessarily disagreeing with your conclusion, but I have to ask:
> > can you think of an example of a style change that isn't subjective
> and/or
> > something that can change as "the fashion" (or, more likely, the
> developers
> > working on the project) changes?  Even stuff like the namespace change
> > really depends on your development style (to determine whether or not you
> > care about those 4 extra spaces "wasted").
> Very little of it is not subjective.  The main thing the style guide gives
> us
> is consistency.  And that I am fully supportive of.  But a lot of it is
> merely
> taste.  The compiler excepts both.  Two developers fully informed and both
> of
> great technical prowess can reasonably disagree on almost all points of the
> style guide.  That meets my definition of subjective for this purpose.
> Regarding the namespace change, I objected to that change too (and for the
> very same reasons) if you look through the archives.
> I don't think we should be changing the style guide for anything besides
> clarifications of currently unwritten rules.  No matter how the fashion may
> change or how developers may change.  Changing the rules throws consistency
> out the window which is, I believe, the greatest benefit of having a style
> guide.
> Cheers,
> Adam

You make a very compelling argument.  Consistency first.  I recant my
support for the proposed change.

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