Where did the 8-column tab come from? 8 column tabs are not a secretarial or publishing standard. The norm for written text seems to be...
I was waiting for someone to mention that. Still, one ought to be able to indent three or four levels and have enough room left on the right-hand side for comments.
My standard quip is that short modules are a sign of a short attention span. OK, so many people might not be able to handle my programs, some of whose functions are a few hundred lines long. But the opposite extreme - functions consisting of five lines of code under a 20-line comment header - is something which I consider to be even worse.
It might be true that a programmer's attention span is not expected to be longer than a single page or screenful of code. If so, then the ultimate irony is that the very shift from hard-copy listings to screens dropped the maximum module size from 60 lines to 24 (although newer displays are allowing that limit to creep back up again). Talk about hardware-dependent...
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