[Haskell-cafe] Optimal line length for haskell

Michael Orlitzky michael at orlitzky.com
Mon Oct 29 14:52:41 CET 2012

On 10/29/2012 07:50 AM, Rustom Mody wrote:
> There was a recent discussion on the python list regarding maximum line
> length.
> It occured to me that beautiful haskell programs tend to be plump (ie
> have long lines) compared to other languages whose programs are 'skinnier'.
> My thoughts on this are at
> http://blog.languager.org/2012/10/layout-imperative-in-functional.html.
> Are there more striking examples than the lexer from the standard prelude?
> [Or any other thoughts/opinions :-) ]

In any language, a line longer than 80 characters usually (but not
always) suggests that you might want to stop and rethink your design. In
many cases a refactoring or two will greatly simplify the code and
reduce your line length as a result.

I think the lexer is an example of refactoring-needed rather than

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