Coding Style As A Failure Of Language Design?

Read this older blog post the other day. Hilarious at best, creepy at worst.

Arbitrary limitations should not be added to a general-purpose programming language unless for a really good reason. Do you really want to code in a language that forces you to indent with 2 spaces, never cross 80-column line, or require/forbid whitespace here and there? And besides, is there any language (no matter how strict the syntax of which is) which do not have some sort of coding style?

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"Do you really want to code in a language that forces you to [...] never cross 80-column line, or require/forbid whitespace here and there?"


come now, there's nothing wrong with FORTRAN 77 :-)

I think it would be cool if Perl 6 was flexible enough to make whitespace/style violations a syntax error. I would not, however, want it to be any sort of default for the language itself.

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