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Re: Is there a mode that helps enforce coding guidelines?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Is there a mode that helps enforce coding guidelines?
Date: 28 May 2003 18:03:08 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2.93

>>>>> "Kai" == Kai Großjohann <address@hidden> writes:

  Kai> address@hidden (Petter Wintzell) writes:

  >> Is there an Emacs mode that can help a programmer follow a set of
  >> coding guidelines and style rules? I am thinking of the simple
  >> rules that exist in many companies and projects regarding line
  >> length, comment style, indent style, hanging braces, variable
  >> names and what not.
  >> I would like a mode that highlighted the text when I broke a
  >> guideline. It would also be nice if the mode could help me
  >> correct the error.

  Kai> For the line length, you could set the Emacs window to have the
  Kai> right width.  But I've also seen mention of vvb.el which draws
  Kai> a vertical bar.  Not sure if that is applicable.

There is also my own wide-column.el. It changes the colour of the
cursor when the line gets too long. Cheesy eh?

  Kai> Regarding indentation style, maybe C-x h C-M-\ is good enough?
  Kai> You can configure the indentation engine quite a bit in most
  Kai> modes.  For C and similar, see the CC mode info file.

  Kai> Alas, the Emacs indentation styles do not add or remove
  Kai> newlines, so the hanging braces thing cannot be checked (if I
  Kai> assume correctly what you mean).  You can configure CC mode to
  Kai> auto-insert newlines when you hit `{', I think.


I love it, although I am sad that it doesn't fix code that has already
been done "wrong". 

  Kai> The GNU indent program can add or remove newlines.  -- This
  Kai> line is not blank.

There are alternatives for other languages (the original poster didn't
say which language he wanted). I'm sure someone wrote a launcher for
"checkstyle" which works on java. 



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