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Complete CL: The Definitive Control Language Programming Guide, Fourth Edition by Ron Hawkins, Doug Pence, Ted Holt, Kevin Forsythe, Ernie Malaga

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Appendix B. CL Coding Style

Chapter 2 briefly explains some of the rationale behind “styling” your CL code. Let’s be frank: Although the command prompter does much of the work all by itself, its output is ugly. And inconvenient. And difficult to read.

“Difficult to read” is, of course, the most important of those disadvantages. Program code is meant to be read by humans as well as compilers. A compiler doesn’t care whether the program has comments, blank lines, is indented, or, in general, is formatted properly; a human programmer does care.

Consider that, in the normal course of events, programs must be maintained. Either someone finds a bug in your CL programs or circumstances force you to add, change, or remove features. And it’s usually a maintenance ...

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