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But given that I'm not using those settings more than once, should I really be doing that? Two short-lived variables aren't going to make too much difference but I'm still doing it for cosmetic reasons and that can't be good ...
Either way, it's easy enough to split a method call where there are half a ton of arguments over several lines of text but what about when it's just one of the arguments that's causing the thing to scroll for miles? (Lambdas being a common cause of this).
Hardly a matter of life and death but I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others on this.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
I dislike the deep indents ... but your code is immediately understandable, without having to figure out what each parameter is. IMO the winner is readability for the next person who has to mess with the code. [or for myself 3-12 months from now, wondering whutinthuheck I was doing]
That's the way I do it. Except I move the && (or ||) to the start of the next line instead of leaving it trailing - it often helps when I want to comment out an option or two temporarily while testing.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
That's my preference as well, unless I'm still debugging the code, and I want to verify the output of one of the chained calls. Otherwise setting a breakpoint, say, on line 6 sets a breakpoint on the entire thing. But once I'm confident I won't have to revisit it, it all goes back to a single statement split among multiple lines.
When lines become long, I split before a binary operator, and make sure that binary operators always are in the same line, or, if the line is split, in the same column as the parentheses, if there are any. In addition, I usually put like binary operators in the same column. If a line is split at a binary operator, I indent both operands by the same amount, e.g. two characters to the right. Like so: