View Poll Results: How many spaces do you indent your code?

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  • 1 space

    4 5.88%
  • 2 spaces

    21 30.88%
  • 3 spaces

    13 19.12%
  • 4 spaces

    33 48.53%
  • 5 spaces

    7 10.29%
  • 6 spaces

    5 7.35%
  • 7 spaces

    4 5.88%
  • 8 spaces

    8 11.76%
  • Other

    7 10.29%
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How far do you indent?

This is a discussion on How far do you indent? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; If your lines are too long it's not the tab size that is the problem. Yea, that would be the ...

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    If your lines are too long it's not the tab size that is the problem.
    Yea, that would be the fault of a stupidly verbose standard library.
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    voted everything

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    When you tab in Dev-C++, it puts multipule spaces according to the line above or below the line you are tabing. (I tab.)

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    I use tab, with any modern editor you can setup so much tab stuff it allows one to have their own spacing style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks
    One of my books suggests that you shouldn't go over three levels of indentation, but I don't go that far.
    Namespace
    >> Class
    >>>> Function

    So you can only have one level deep if statements and loops. No if's in a loop or loops in an if, or a single nested if.

    No one can really set a hard and fast rule like that. I always set the IDE to replace tabs with 4 spaces though. Using plain tabs makes a huge mess if someone else used spaces - if the tab size is set to 4 it might look ok, but if it's say 8, things get very ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks
    If they "add up quickly", modularize your program (ie, break it up into functions). One of my books suggests that you shouldn't go over three levels of indentation, but I don't go that far.

    But I think 8 is too much, for all that.
    Good in theory, but I find that it is not always practical.

    I use three. I find two to be too little (that was a fun sentence), and more than four excessively obnoxious. Between three and four, I prefer three.
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    I voted 4 and 8 spaces. It all depends what platform I'm working on (either solo or in a team).

    When writing for Windows I usually stick to the 4 space standard, and 8 for Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks
    Well, if you transfer it, it sometimes ends up looking like this:

    Code:
    int main(void) {
                         if(1) {
                          printf("hi");
                }
                      return 0;
         }
    Stop using the Kernel style then, Allman all the way!
    Also, don't mix spaces with tabs. Use one or the other, not both.

    I use 3 or 4, whatever is standard in VC2003.
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    Coding standards at your house will decide. Left to me 4 spaces.
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    8 space tabs all the way. Indentation is meant to make the code more readable, and IMO 4 spaces just isn't enough.

    I also prefer tabs over spaces since it consumes less space (not a big issue though), and it lets whoever is working on my code display it how they like without having to re-indent the whole file.

    Here's a tip for you VIM users who can't paste properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ^xor
    8 space tabs all the way. Indentation is meant to make the code more readable, and IMO 4 spaces just isn't enough.

    I also prefer tabs over spaces since it consumes less space (not a big issue though), and it lets whoever is working on my code display it how they like without having to re-indent the whole file.

    Here's a tip for you VIM users who can't paste properly.
    Code:
    :set paste
    Thanks for the VIM tip, I can never get it to past right
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    2 for C and C++ and Perl and Java and HTML, 4 for Visual Basic. hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach L.
    Good in theory, but I find that it is not always practical.

    I use three. I find two to be too little (that was a fun sentence), and more than four excessively obnoxious. Between three and four, I prefer three.
    Three spaces for me also. I tried two in another programming language I use, but never could get used to it, so I switched back to three.

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    4 spaces, though with a tab.

    I find using an odd number of spaces odd, for some reason.
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