[MonoDevelop] New code formatter joins line to aggressively

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 16:54:18 EDT 2009

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Oskar Berggren
<oskar.berggren at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi again, sorry for late reply.
> From the previous mails in this thread I get the impression that the
> document formatter and the on-the-fly formatter are separate? Use
> separate implementations of the algorithms? If I want to study the
> implementation, where would I start?

They're the same AFAIK. The "smart indenter" (indents the new line
when you press enter) is separate though.


> I agree that automatically wrapping overly long lines is probably not
> doable in a reasonable way. If experiments are done to implement this,
> it must surely be made optional at runtime, probably with default off.

Yes, I agree.

> Wrapping comment blocks might be a different thing. I've used a very
> helpful visual studio extension that does this. Is something similar
> available for MD? I do believe this should be separate from the code
> formatter, so that the comment wrapper can be invoked manually on a
> specific comment block.

That sounds like it could be useful.

> Another suggestion:
> Currently, in MD 2.2 beta 1 (with brace-on-new line)
> using (IDisposable a = null)
>    using (IDisposable b = null)
>    {
>        int c;
>    }
> For the case of several using statements in sequence, a certain other
> IDE seems to have an exception so that this is instead formatted:
> using (IDisposable a = null)
> using (IDisposable b = null)
> {
>    int c;
> }
> In my opinion this is much nicer in that it doesn't waste so much
> horizontal screen space, especially when having three or more
> using-statements.
> The rule would be, I suppose: If the child of a using-statement is
> another using-statement (with no intervening opening brace), then
> don't indent the child.

That sounds like it should be a code style option.

Could you file enhancement bugs for these? Thanks!

Michael Hutchinson

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