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Re^7: I want you to convince me to learn Perl

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Sep 25, 2013 at 20:23 UTC ( #1055744=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^6: I want you to convince me to learn Perl
in thread I want you to convince me to learn Perl

itís merely about making proper indentation a rule.

Proper indentation is a visual thing.

A tab on one line, an errant space preceding a tab on the next; four spaces on the next; doesn't matter, everything lines up.

'cepting for one language.

Sure, its easy to be consistent when you first type code -- I have my editor set to convert tabs to 4 spaces on input for pretty much every programming language I use. But its when you pick up a piece of someone else's code who used a different convention; or you cut and paste between files; or grab a snippet off the 'net; or just move a bit of code from one level to another...

The only reliable method is to squelch every line and re-indent. Life's too damn short for such pointless, affected, self-inflicted make-work.

And maybe the reason you hear it so often, is cos its true.

With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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Re^8: I want you to convince me to learn Perl
by CountZero (Bishop) on Nov 24, 2013 at 17:08 UTC
    You can always write a short one-liner in Perl to replace all tabs to spaces ... ;)


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