Tue, 2 Sep 2003 22:53:20 -0700
From: "Stephen Leake" <[log in to unmask]>
> Pascal Obry <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> > I really prefer :
> > Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line
> > (File => Log_File,
> > Item => Event
> > & Ada.Calendar.Day_Duration'Image(The_Seconds) & " - "
> > & Ada.Calendar.Day_Number'Image(The_Day)
> > & Ada.Calendar.Month_Number'Image(The_Month)
> > & Ada.Calendar.Year_Number'Image(The_Year));
> > You do not have to parse the whole line to see what operator is used
> > between lines.
> Hmph. _Everybody_ knows that the operator goes at the end of the line,
> not the beginning :).
Well, I used to agree with this. But then somebody made the interesting point
that if a statement starts with what would otherwise be a blatantly illegal
character, then it must be a continuation.
To me, that makes it easier to read. You can look at a line in isolation and
tell it is a continuation.
Contrast with this line, for example:
It's not as immediately clear whether this line is a continuation.
I think I saw this suggestion in a C or C++ newsgroup somewhere. No telling
where you can find good ideas sometimes :-)
-- Frank Manning