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Like any programming language, there are certain styles for declaring variables, formatting, etc. I find that it usually turns into some kind of religious argument, based on the first language that the person worked in. What you like shouldn't matter: follow the style of the language.
I think that it reflects poorly if the programmer is not able to adapt to the language they are working with to follow the best practices for style etc. It makes it distracting when you read java code and go "oh, this was a C developer" or when you read ruby and know that the person's first language was java and they were too lazy to change.
Just like when you travel: try to respect the customs of the natives and don't stir up shit because that's how you're most comfortable with things. When in Rome...Posted by jim at June 21, 2008 10:03 AM