Why we don't use underbars

Martin Geisler mg at aragost.com
Fri May 6 03:59:56 CDT 2011

Dirkjan Ochtman <dirkjan at ochtman.nl> writes:

> On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 09:46, Martin Geisler <mg at aragost.com> wrote:
>> The coding style could go both ways: with or without underscores. If
>> I have to remember the words anyway, then it's just a matter of doing
> Sure, but the coding style is what it is, changing it now would only
> make things worse.
> Please stop bikeshedding now and just accept the way Mercurial has
> been doing it for 6 years?

Both Sune and I accept that Mercurial has a coding style.

However, that does not conflict with discussing it -- reasonable people
can discuss things even if they disagree.

Matt has explained that he like the coding style because it sort of
follows the style in Python and because it removes ambiguities. I see
and understand that point. I'm trying to weigh it up against the problem
of reading long identifiers.

It is not dangerous to disagree like this. In fact, I feel that it is a
sign that we are a healthy project when we can have such discussions.

Martin Geisler

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