[webkit-dev] Comments in the code (Was Please include function-level comments in change log entries)

Per Bothner per.bothner at oracle.com
Fri Jul 6 20:35:10 PDT 2012

On 07/06/2012 08:23 PM, Ryosuke Niwa wrote:
>         Again: Differing cultures
>     Indeed. You just need to get used to it.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all
progress depends on the unreasonable man." --G. B. Shaw

However, I don't feel strongly enough about WebKit to be
unreasonable about it :-)

>     *And please, please go read webkit-dev archives before continuing
>     the discussion*. I suspect there are many contributors who are
>     ignoring this thread because we have this discussion every six
>     months or so, and they're getting tired of it.  I'm getting tired of
>     it as well.

I've been subscribed to webkit-dev since March 2011, and I don't
remember such a discussion. I could have missed it; webkit is somewhat
on the periphery of my interests.

> e.g.
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2012-March/020065.html
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2011-July/017417.html
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2011-March/016342.html
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2011-January/015767.html
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2010-February/011673.html
> http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2009-August/009625.html

These all seem to be about ChangeLogs or commit messages.  Thus
irrelevant to my point (which a number of people have agreed with)
that class-level comments are often be useful and should be encouraged
rather than discouraged (on a case-by-case basis, assuming they say
something non-obvious).

Regardless, I've said my piece. and have no interest in continuing.
	--Per Bothner
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