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Newcomers DBPro Corner / Do I need spaces?

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mr Handy
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Posted: 4th Sep 2013 18:32 Edited at: 4th Sep 2013 18:33
Hi, fellows! Do I need spaces? Examples:

a=b+c VS a = b + c
load object "a",b VS load object "a", b
etc...

Libervurto
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Posted: 4th Sep 2013 20:29
Try pressing F4.



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mr Handy
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Posted: 4th Sep 2013 20:43
It does nothing

Libervurto
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Posted: 4th Sep 2013 23:27
The compiler will complain if you are missing important spaces. Everything you posted should work fine. It is only commands with spaces in (which I hate btw!) and spaces before and after commands that matter. Mathematical and bitwise operators don't care about spaces.



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Posted: 5th Sep 2013 00:52
You only "need" spaces where they are part of keywords (ie. make_object_sphere) and as separators between expressions / etc. They are not necessary as part of expressions, between commas in a function call or even after the ":" (multiple statements per line) token. I find it makes your code a lot more readable if you do use them as such though, as do many other people I'm willing to guess.
Still it is up to personal preference; some people like to use them whereever there are brackets as well (ie. green = rgb( 0, 128, 0 )) but I never write code like that. It may improve readability a bit, but it's inefficient to write. So in conclusion, you do as it best suits you
If other people are to read your code you should agree on a style that everyone will use to make all code equally readable to all involved parties.


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Libervurto
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Posted: 5th Sep 2013 02:04
@Rudolpho
Now that you mention "personal preference", I have actually started writing assignments like this, var= x, and equivalence testing like this, var =x, I think it is nicer too read this way.



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mr Handy
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Posted: 5th Sep 2013 22:29
Thanks to all! Also Libervurto mentioned "testing". I'd prefer to put a rem after the test line, but encountered compiler issue:

doesn't compile, but


does. Is that something wrong with EOL characters or something?

Kevin Picone
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Posted: 5th Sep 2013 22:39
try a colon before the REM, it's probably not treating REM as a delimiter



mr Handy
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Posted: 5th Sep 2013 23:50
Yeah, it works! But with commentary in english (rem like this) it works without colon. So there goes another probable issue: what about non-english letters in the code? In strings, comments, etc. How do they compile? Compatibility..?

Also why "\\" works if it is not official?

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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 03:21 Edited at: 6th Sep 2013 03:21
Do too many spaces cause problems?



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TheComet
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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 04:30
Quote: "what about non-english letters in the code? In strings, comments, etc. How do they compile? Compatibility..?"


Good question, I have no idea. From what I remember, special characters could be used in strings, but not for variable names.

Quote: "Also why "\\" works if it is not official?"


Because

Quote: "Do too many spaces cause problems?"


Not usually, though I've found the compiler is picky with too many spaces in UDTs. Especially tabs.

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mr Handy
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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 13:39
Quote: "I've found the compiler is picky with too many spaces in UDTs. Especially tabs."

Perfomance loss?

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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 21:28
Quote: "Perfomance loss?"


What? No, more spaces does not decrease performance. It just wouldn't compile.

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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 22:15
"Awesome". I love tabs in UDT!

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