Consider using a common code style throughout Narayana
Project: JBoss Transaction Manager
Issue Type: Task
Security Level: Public (Everyone can see)
Affects Versions: 5.0.0.M1
Reporter: Paul Robinson
Assignee: Tom Jenkinson
Fix For: 5.0.0.M2
I think we should consider using a common code style throughout the TS project. The
benefits of doing this are as follows:
# You can automate code formatting. This is a real productivity boost as you can type
away, thinking about your code, rather than the style. When you hit save, or trigger it
directly, the code is formatted.
## This is not possible without a project wide code style as you too frequently re-format
code that needs to stay in someone else's personal style. You can't commit this
changed code as; a) it may annoy the "owner" and b) it results in a change that
can't be diffed (every line may be changed).
# We get consistency over the whole project, making it easier to read code written by
# We have to do this anyway for code we maintain inside the JBossAS project as the project
refuses to build if it doesn't adhere to their style.
Personally, I like the style I've used for the last 10 years. I find it harder to read
code that is not in this style. Hence I can understand why people may object to changing
their style. However, this is the very reason why a common style is beneficial. You can
get used to a new style and once you do, the entire project will be styled in the way that
you are used to. Providing the style is sensible, I would much rather use a style
consistent across the projects I work on. I'm happy for that style to be different to
my current style.
As I stated above JBossAS mandates a style at build time. I don't particularly like
the style (braces should occupy their own line, IMO) but I'm happy to go with this one
if it becomes the Narayana standard style.
I think we should also break the build for violations. This should prevent mistakes making
their way into SVN.
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