[Mono-dev] C# automatic code formatter

M. David Peterson xmlhacker at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 06:47:22 EDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 4:28 AM, Leszek Ciesielski <skolima at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> almost every week there is a patch submitted to this list that gets
> rejected/postponed because of formatting issues. Java has many very
> good tools like this, e.g. Eclipse built-in.

.NET has VS.NET, Sharp Develop, and MonoDevelop from a tooling perspective.

> Isn't there a tool for automatic formatting of C# code according to
> some guidelines (in this case,
> http://www.mono-project.com/Coding_Guidelines )?

NAnt has a task for converting tabs into spaces and vice versa.  It seems to
me that if an enhancement to this task doesn't already exist that formats
the source code based on a defined set of guidelines it shouldn't be too
difficult to create.  It might even be as easy as scripting up a MonoDevelop
macro of some sort.

To make things all that much better, writing an SVN hook that auto formats
each check-in might be an interesting approach.  It would certainly produce
cleaner diffs for review if each file was formatted using a pre-commit hook.


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