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Spaces or tabs? There can be only one....
A festive crown for the winner
#DeathToSpaces
#DeathToTabs

Spaces or tabs? It may be an obscure argument among programmers about how to format code – but it's also an age-old battle that still burns hot in development circles ("Tabs versus Spaces: An Eternal Holy War" was published in 2000). 

Last week's episode of "Silicon Valley" skewered this fight when Richard actually breaks up with the otherwise-promising Winnie solely because she uses spaces to code (scene here). 

Tech Insider sums up the argument: 

"Richard's favorite, tabs, involves fewer key presses (and thus, in most cases, fewer characters for the computer program to remember), but is a bit imprecise. Winnie's favorite, spaces, offers coders a more specific and literal way to create their indentations. However, it's slower to use and uses up more storage space."

And the intensity of this conflict is for real: in a piece titled "Death to the Space Infidels!" programmer Jeff Atwood says the formatting wars "destroy peer relationships" and can even cause "teamicide" (!!!).

Who knew programmers lived on such a life-and-death edge?!

Spaces...or tabs? Choose wisely…

What do you think: #DeathToSpaces or #DeathToTabs?

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WOW. A marriage destroyed.
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Each side believes the world is against them in their struggle for justice.
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No doubt the conflict has at some point become violent.
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Internet taunting is not unheard of.
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Name-calling is common.
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Fates worse than death are sometimes wished on members of the opposing side.
FINAL RESULTS
Spaces or tabs? There can be only one....
A festive crown for the winner
#DeathToSpaces
#DeathToTabs