Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 21:24 UTC
General Development "I was really excited to write this article, because it gave me an excuse to really think about what beautiful code is. I still don't think I know, and maybe it's entirely subjective. I do think the two biggest things, for me at least, are stylistic indenting and maximum const-ness. A lot of the stylistic choices are definitely my personal preferences, and I'm sure other programmers will have different opinions. I think the choice of what style to use is up to whoever has to read and write the code, but I certainly think it's something worth thinking about. I would suggest everyone look at the Doom 3 source code because I think it exemplifies beautiful code, as a complete package: from system design down to how to tab space the characters." John Carmack himself replies in the comments.
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RE[7]: Good article
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Jan 2013 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Good article"
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Yeah I'm aware of that and I don't agree with it. I think it's less readable and the opposite of what developers in most other C-derived languages prefer

Well it is a matter of taste, so I tend to adopt what the language creators recommend, in this case Microsoft.

Plus I object to Microsoft dictating how I -or any other 3rd party developer- chooses to format the braces in our own source code. That's my prerogative, not theirs.

Well they firstly aren't, they are a set of suggested guidelines.

Unlike the Design Guidelines document, you should treat this document as a set of suggested guidelines

While I agree it is personal taste, pretty much all C# books, examples and third party libraries use that bracing style. Also Visual Studio and StyleCop default to type of bracing. It is what other C# programmers expect to see. I don't see any benefit in bucking the trend in the community, but as I said it is personal choice.

As I say, when I am doing Java or JavaScript I use the bracing style that you suggest. Java because it is what Sun recommended and JavaScript because of the issues with Semi-colon insertion.

Edited 2013-01-16 14:43 UTC

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RE[8]: Good article
by Laurence on Wed 16th Jan 2013 15:01 in reply to "RE[7]: Good article"
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I guess that's fair enough then. I guess my extremely limited exposure to C# is shining through here hehe. (not that I haven't coded in other languages that share the same heritage)

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RE[9]: Good article
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Jan 2013 19:32 in reply to "RE[8]: Good article"
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I am not sure why the bracing is different and I would normally agree with you, except everyone does it that way when you are doing C#.

On of the main things I like about C#/VB.NET is how it cleans up the getters and setters with Properties.

There is one thing I don't like about .NET which I do like about Java is that you have to specify whether you are going to deal with a Exception or let is percolate upwards.

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