- Feb 28, 2011The place to express yourself in programming is in the quality of
your ideas, and the efficiency of execution. The role of style is
the same as in literature. A great writer doesn't express himself
by putting the spaces before his commas instead of after, or by
putting extra spaces inside his parentheses. A great writer will
slavishly conform to some rules of style, and that in no way
constrains his power to express himself creatively. See for
example William Strunk's The Elements of Style [http://www.crockford.com/wrrrld/style.html%5d.
I think this applies to programming as well. Conforming to a
consistent style improves readability, and frees you to express
yourself in ways that matter. JSLint here plays the part of a
stern but benevolent editor, helping you to get the style right
so that you can focus your creative energy where it is most needed.
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