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At 09:33 25/03/2014 -0400, Tim Lungstrom wrote:
As a person who learned to type on a typewriter and learned programming on a mainframe computer [since the PC did not exist at that time], I have not learned how to do "styles". Never really needed it, as far as I was concerned.

Your history as a programmer is relevant - but leads me to an opposite conclusion. Surely in programming a computer, you quickly learned that when you needed substantially similar logic at more than one place in a piece of software, the reliable and maintainable technique was to separate that part of the code and to write it once as a separate routine, invoked from as many places as necessary. Styles are just the same: you get them right once and use them as often as you need. You don't fall into the trap of having many identical occurrences of something but with one or two - in error - different (though you didn't notice). When you inevitably need to make changes to your arrangements, you make them in one place and can be confident that they will be instantly applied everywhere appropriate.

Brian Barker

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