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Why is MAXPAT code so badly formatted?

January 17, 2009 | 7:24 pm

Is it just me or is MAXPAT code rather badly formatted?

Take http://pastie.org/363372 for instance, should it be more like http://pastie.org/363375?

What would be really, really cool was if Cycling74 would consider using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YAML code instead.


January 17, 2009 | 7:34 pm

* shouldn’t it be more [...]


January 17, 2009 | 7:44 pm

On 17 Jan 2009, at 19:24, Redd Vinylene wrote:

> Take http://pastie.org/363372 for instance, should it be more like http://pastie.org/363375?

JSON is whitespace-agnostic, so it doesn’t matter. If you want to
prettyprint it, then it wouldn’t be difficult to knock up a parser for
it (or in this case, a simple regexp-based whitespace eliminator).

> What would be really, really cool was if Cycling74 would consider
> using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YAML code instead.

Utterly fantastic idea: I’m sure they’ll be right on it.

– N.

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January 17, 2009 | 7:48 pm

On Jan 17, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Redd Vinylene wrote:

> Is it just me or is MAXPAT code rather badly formatted?

Formatting is largely a matter of taste. Maybe if you set a tab to be
two spaces in your text editor, you would be happier with the .maxpat
formatting?

- C

Chris Muir
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January 18, 2009 | 12:37 am

Quote: Redd Vinylene wrote on Sat, 17 January 2009 11:24
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> What would be really, really cool was if Cycling74 would consider using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YAML code instead.
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This has come up before:

http://www.cycling74.com/forums/index.php?t=msg&th=33035#msg_138471


January 18, 2009 | 3:20 pm

Quote: Redd Vinylene wrote on Sat, 17 January 2009 20:24
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> Is it just me or is MAXPAT code rather badly formatted?
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Not to be blunt, but it’s just you.

I once consulted for the IT unit of a large pharmaceutical where development management was trying to enforce TAB=3 spaces as a formatting requirement. I quit, of course, because TAB=4 is the only true, divine and sanctified way to layout source code. If you do not *grasp* this (and I do not merely say comprehend), you are *useless*.

And also clearly condemned to eternal sulfurous hellfire.

====

Please take all of the above with sufficient amounts of salt. But you do realize that arguing that some amount of white space is "bad" or "good" or "worse" or "better" is sheer religious warfare combined with arrogance worthy of the young Boulez. If tab stops worry you, get a configurable text editor.

Or, better still, a life;-

BTW, the first part of my story is true.


January 18, 2009 | 6:37 pm

Quote: Peter Castine wrote on Sun, 18 January 2009 15:20
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> …arrogance worthy of the young Boulez…

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Really? His sudden metamorphosis is news to me! ;)


January 19, 2009 | 11:35 am


January 19, 2009 | 1:06 pm


January 20, 2009 | 11:15 am

After posting my previous, I felt I should add that, on the one occasion I met the man, he was charming, helpful, and forthcoming.


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