Consensus on the kdelibs coding style

David Jarvie djarvie at
Sat Jul 5 20:55:10 BST 2008

On Sat 5 July 2008 20:25:19 Maksim Orlovich wrote:
> > this discussion was had quite thoroughly, including on this list. this is
> > the
> > one point there was broad consensus on, in fact. restarting conversations
> > evern N months is not useful, and we have mailing list archives for this
> > purpose.

When this was discussed previously, I didn't think to question the 
desirability of relatively detailed coding rules. I happen to have had the 
new (to me) thought that this isn't actually necessary. That's why I voiced 
this opinion. Or is that not allowed?

> If it's a broad consensus, why are there so many disagreements, and why
> you telling people who disagree to shut up?
> May be the reason there is so much disagreement again and again is that
> coding style is the matter of personal preference, and people dislike it
> being forced on them?

KDE is a free software project. Beyond setting some basic rules, why can't 
freedom apply to coding style as well, especially since it's something that a 
lot of people have strong (and divergent) views about. AFAICS, the only 
justification for an official coding style is to ensure code is readable. 
That doesn't require detailed rules.

David Jarvie.
KAlarm author and maintainer.

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