String reboot - (1a) incidental whitespace

Guy Steele guy.steele at
Tue Apr 16 20:14:41 UTC 2019

> On Apr 16, 2019, at 4:02 PM, Brian Goetz <brian.goetz at> wrote:
> Indeed, it does solve a number of "figure out what was the user thinking" questions.  
> You hit the nail on the head regarding IDE support.  Our original thinking was that it should be easy to cut and paste between a (say) JSON document and a Java source program, without having to mangle it up in an annoying and error-prone way.
> I think what you're saying is, in the age of IDEs, that this is not such a problem, and we should focus on what yields the most _readable_ code, on the theory that writing is the job of the IDE?

Yes, exactly.  Though, as I pointed out in my subsequent message, it’s easy to give the programmer a choice between a quick-and-easy way to cut-and-paste that is easy to write, and a more labor-intensive or IDE-intensive version that may be easier to read (at least in some situations).

At least we should explore such options.


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