[REBOL] Re: Style R flavour checker ;-)
From: sunandadh:aol at: 9-Jan-2002 13:03
> I see little point in using a style different to the style that is in used
> REBOL itself.
But I do!
I have two problems. One minor and one more important.
Minor point: many bits of Rebol are good examples, but there some bad
examples in there too. Asking someone to "do what Rebol does" is not enough.
I don't like one-letter variables (source Request) or variables which are
just misspelt words (source Request-list). That's just sloppy and I don't
want to copy that style
But I think you meant your remark to refer mainbly to source layout, not
So, more importantly: Rebol's style and my way of visualising block just
don't click. Psychologists will tell us that people think in different ways.
The code I produce is a result of the way I visualise and think. And there is
not a natural match between Rebol's published style and my development style.
If I had to write that way I'd walk away from the language. Simple as that.
And I doubt if I'd be the only one.
But I have no trouble at all with there being a single "house style". My code
can be reformatted however a prettyprinter likes for publication. Just as
when I write for magazines they pour my text into their house style at the
last moment, saving me from writing in narrow columns and leaving space for
And if the prettyprinter had enough options that I could turn other people's
code into something close to what I prefer and can work with, well that's a
win/win/play-again situation for all of us.
(Wow! I got through that without mentioning the Style Police. and thus almost
falling foul of Godwin's Law)