Spaces or tabs? There can be only one.... | The Tylt
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?
Spaces or tabs? There can be only one....
Wife: is tabs/spaces really a thing?— Tom Forsyth (@tom_forsyth) May 31, 2016
Me: no, tabs folk are just idiots.
Wife: what's wrong with tabs?
Me: ...welp, we had a good 25 years.
YES! CRYENGINE USES TABS, NOT SPACES. IN YOUR FACE, WORLD!— Zdeněk Gromnica (@FutureMillenniu) May 24, 2016
I don't care about your race, religion, skin color, or orientation, but if you use spaces instead of tabs I will push you down the stairs.— Vitamin J (@Malfeasible) May 20, 2016
*whispers* tabs are still better than spaces— (((Randi Harper))) (@randileeharper) June 1, 2016
*wins the internet forever*