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Quotable: Douglas Crockford

On why you should never leave out the space between ”if” and the expression that follows in JavaScript: The Good Parts:

I placed a space between ”if” and ”(” so that the ”if” didn’t look like a function invocation.

I’m just quoting this because it’s one of those little things that drives me nuts when people are sloppy about it.

2 Comments

  1. That’s interesting. I’ve never felt that syntax was confusing, even at a glance, especially since the thing in parens after the “if” is almost always a comparison expression. In fact, I think it looks sloppy to have a space, and I always remove it if I happen across it in code other people wrote…

  2. Whitespace is good.

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