2011-04-24 00:37:36 GMT
Ok, this is some serious shit that drives me crazy. The reason why you should never, and I mean never and let me emphasize NEVER in your entire life use tabs for indentation is because:
As a last word, it's not possible to avoid using spaces for indentation in such scenarios:
<tab><tab><tab>function_call(arg1, arg2, arg3, <tab><tab><tab> arg4, arg5, arg6);
Long life to spaces!
I'm using tabs to indent my code... hahahaha <- evil laugh :-P
Olivier: Then you're beyond any help! ;)
The entire Linux kernel uses Tabs for indentation.
To find out why, get the source code and read Documentation/CodingStyle.
It is a very funny and wise piece of literature.
Your problem is not Tabs for indentation. Your problem is people who've never learned how to use a decent text-editor like vi, vi, vi or vi. The trick is this (~/.vimrc):
set autoindent set copyindent
I've had a great time reading Documentation/CodingStyle and felt in love with it.
Using tabs for identation could probably work for me if *all* the editors handled the mixture of tabs and spaces in a unified way and if *every* people *always* cared about using tabs and spaces the right way. Unfortunately, it's not the case.
My other gripe is not using curlies for one-liner blocks. It may seem like a good idea first but someone will screw things eventually when extending such a one-liner block and forgetting to add the missing curlies.
Apart from that this whole guide is pure gold which sould be seen by every programmer. K&R is also my style, by the way.
PS: I'm not a vi user, but I used to use Emacs. :)