[Haskell-cafe] Coding conventions for Haskell?

Evan Laforge qdunkan at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 18:23:39 EDT 2010

> I'm going to go ahead and offer a contrary viewpoint -- lining up code
> vertically makes it so much easier to read that the extra work involved

I haven't noticed it being easier to read, but I don't like syntax
highlighting either, and lots of people seem to like that too.  Taste
is taste.

> (trivial, if you have a half-decent text editor) is more than worth
> it. Also, if you're reading code in a proportional font, "you're doing
> it wrong."

The editor is 'acme', which a programming editor.  It has support for
fixed fonts too, but proportional is often more pleasant.  You can fit
a lot more on a line, but of course that can inconvenience the
80-column people :)  It's worth a try if you haven't already.  I think
it's more than just half-decent, but it doesn't have any fancy
vertical line up type features either.

Anyway, it's definitely a minority use case, but that's a position
haskellers should be used to :)  And I admit I use a lot more
fixed-width vim nowadays, so it's not a super big issue to me.  But I
do like it how everything looks nice when I occasionally do open up my
project in acme because I miss some of its features.

Vim and fixed width is especially ugly with unicode, so I'd think
haskellers or agda-ists who appreciate a good pageful of cryptic math
symbols to scare off the plebes would enjoy a nice proportional font
using editor.

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