Subject: Re: Parentheses and indenting, etc.
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/07/30
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.programming,comp.lang.c++
Message-ID: <>

* Mariusz Zydyk
| On 25 Jul 1997 08:55:42 +0000, Erik Naggum <> wrote:
| [>it occurred to me that the problem is that "diff" is run on the text
| [>representation of the code.  had it been possible "diff" the _code_, each
| [>programmer could check his code in and out in his own textual style.
| ------- Well, no, you can't diff a binary.

sigh.  of course you can, and "code" doesn't mean "binary", but that's not
the issue.  my point is that you don't need to diff the whitespace to diff
the source.  most diff programs are anal about newlines, for instance.

| Hmmm... why not just follow a coding standard of whatever team/project
| /company you are working at.

sigh.  that's how this discussion started.

Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM: "man shall think.  machines shall work."
William H. Gates, III, Microsoft: "man shall work.  machines shall not."