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Subject: Re: [boost] clang-format file
From: Damian Vicino (damian_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-01-23 13:48:40

I see I opened an interesting discussion, but my original question was way
more inocent. I just wanted to format my code before sending it for review
I agree for templates and even for long conditions it is better to be
flexible. I only expected very basic things to be declared like, how many
spaces for indentation, braces positions (next line or same line),
underscore_separated_names and not camelCase.
Since there is nothing, I will write one for my project and include it in
the review as an starting point.
Best regards,

2018-01-23 4:23 GMT-05:00 Niall Douglas via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]>:

> > *Please* do not mess up the source code. Some of us believe that there
> > is an art involved to writing beautiful code. The white space formatting
> > of heavy template code, macros, and EDSL's makes the code understandable
> > to humans
> >
> > Clang-format and other such tools destroy readability and understanding
> > in many code bases. Don't believe me? Take a look at well written Proto,
> > Spirit, MSM, or MPL/Fusion heavy sources written by someone who believes
> > that code should be beautiful. Now run it through your favorite
> > format-tool and observe the horrible mess that emerges.
> Best of course is that you write your source with clang-format always
> running, that way you can poke it as you go to not mess up formatting
> where appropriate.
> But I have "ported" legacy codebases to clang-format in the past. It
> takes a few days, but thereafter it can be cronjobbed and never again do
> things like tabs or failure to follow the style guide ever occur again.
> In this situation, stick is much better than carrot. Give developers
> zero choice on formatting, then the problem becomes not a problem.
> Niall
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