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Re: JavaScript/ECMAScript Styling and Citation

From: Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:36:53 +0000
To: "jonathan@garbee.me" <jonathan@garbee.me>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Message-ID: <F9981AFB970564408FEB7DFCF62D44084367D447@SC-MBX01-4.TheFacebook.com>
Lets list the most common guides and come to consensus on choosing one of


On 10/17/12 10:30 PM, "jonathan@garbee.me" <jonathan@garbee.me> wrote:

>I don't think it is being too meticulous at all.  We need a common style
>guide for any type of code examples we allow that way everything is
>consistent.  Also, we need them while we are going through cleaning
>everything up so we can do that along the way compared to going back and
>doing it.  It came up in the IRC a few days ago so we decided to use
>jQuery's until the community came up with exactly what we would want.  So
>perhaps taking that and expanding upon it with anything we need extra?
>On 17.10.2012 04:18pm, Pete L. wrote:
>Not sure if we'd be creating "yet another style guide" or not. Sure, it's
>easy to find "JavaScript style guides", such as the following:
>However, these guides are focused on writing re-usable, maintainable,
>proper production JavaScript application code. Our goal is somewhat
>different. For instance, none of the above guides has anything to say on
>the subject of denoting evaluated JS (see my earlier post).
>Additionally, none of the guides denote a common set of reusable variable
>names. For instance, refer back to the MDN Values, Variables, and
>Literals page:
>The first example uses the variable "answer", the second uses "x" and "y"
>then it goes on to use "a", "b", "input", "myArray", "n", "myvar",
>"prefix", "f", "g", "coffees", "fish", "myList", "Sales", "car", "foo",
>"quote", "home", "str", and then "x" again. My point is that there isn't
>even a consistant capitalization style here, much less a common set of
>standard variables. I don't know that this really matters in the long
>run, but I think it goes towards consistency to use similar "throwaway
>variables" across all example code.
>I guess the DOJO guide goes into class naming conventions, but it's more
>oriented towards substantial code-bases than short snippets of example
>So, what I'm thinking is not necessarily a style guide that talks about
>things like the use of "===" vs. "==", or the use of single-quotes vs.
>double-quotes. Those can be addressed by selecting an existing guide from
>one of those above (my vote is for jQuery's, as it's short, simple, and
>to the point). However, I think that we should supplement with a guide on
>variable naming, expression-value commenting, and anything else we
>determine should be addressed specifically to bring consistency to
>example code.
>Maybe I'm being a bit to anal-retentive and/or dictatorial here.
>On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM, Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com> wrote:
>On 10/17/12 2:28 PM, "Andrew Rowls" <eternicode@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> TBH, It's unenforceable unless there's proper tooling. I'd leave it
> >> open and have a page discussing the various styles pros and cons.
> >
> >Though technically unenforceable (for now?), I think it would still be
> >beneficial to have official guidelines to point people to.  A discussion
> >on pros and cons is well and good, but flavor-of-the-week style in
> >examples would just be confusing.  Better to have a little official
> >consistency and something to back it up than to have no consistency.
>Fair enough.
> >> I strongly favor vi, here.
> >
> >When did this become about editors? :P
> --tobie
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