Integrated code formatter

Walter Bright newshound2 at
Tue Jan 18 19:42:48 UTC 2022

On 1/18/2022 7:45 AM, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> It's the familiarity syndrome.  If you're the one who wrote the
> compiler, you already have a deep understanding of how it works
> internally, and that understanding colors your perception of the error
> mesage.  However, someone who *didn't* write the compiler has no idea
> where the compiler is coming from, so to speak, and so what's obvious to
> you may be completely opaque to him.
> Familiarity also biases you, so that you fail to see flaws that are
> obvious to everyone else, because you have been acclimatized to expect
> certain things and unconsciously assume they are there even when they're
> actually missing.  Just like how spectators to a chess game often notice
> things that the heavily-invested players may miss, because they're too
> focused on seeing the game from one particular viewpoint and thus may
> neglect some other aspect.

You're right, and that's *exactly* why bugzilla issues need to be filed, along 
with sample code.

I cannot read other peoples' minds.

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