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What does Jane Street use/want for an IDE? What about you?
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Date: 2008-10-23 (10:13)
From: Thomas Gazagnaire <ocaml@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] What does Jane Street use/want for an IDE? What about you?
I would prefer to not have an editor which modify completely the file I am
working on (ie. automatically replace tab by spaces). When working on big
project, you cannot assume that everybody use spaces-based editor, and you
still want to minimize the diff size of your patches.


2008/10/23 Romain Bardou <Romain.Bardou@lri.fr>

> That's actually nearly what Camelia has right now. Right now Camelia
>>> insists on not dealing with tabs at all -- it converts them all to
>>> spaces. This "feature" has to go obviously, and it's a few-liner to
>>> convert between characters (which include tabs) and columns.
>> What do you mean with this? Reason I ask is that in OcalIDE an option to
>> save files with spaces only, was added because it allows one to
>> simultaneously edit files in various editors, each with its own tab
>> "length". If not, indenting is not maintained. I myself think that
>> avoiding tabs altogether is a good solution.
> I agree.
> Even without changing your editor, you can change the tab length.
> Moreover, if the editor uses tabs and counts them as more than one
> character (default behavior of emacs) it won't be able to locate errors
> correctly.
> Finally, when you use backspace to delete one space and suddenly it deletes
> eight of them because it was actually a tab, it's annoying because it's
> unpredictable.
> Altogether, this means that if you edit a file and put tabs in it, it may
> work for you, but it may annoy the people you give your file to :p
> --
> Romain Bardou
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