Code beautifiers, anyone?

Derek Ragona derek at
Thu Aug 24 13:42:07 UTC 2006

For C code I use indent


At 07:58 AM 8/24/2006, Kyrre Nygård wrote:
>Hello people,
>I'm looking for the best ways to create a line of code beautification 
>(reformatting) scripts -- one for C, one for Ruby, one for Bash and one 
>for web development languages like XHTML, XML, CSS, PHP and Ajax. Whether 
>as frontline warriors or household maids, they would ensure proper 
>indentation, linebreaks, spaces, tabs and so forth.
>Can anybody help me?
>My studies of architectural science has taught me to pay extreme care to 
>the correction of details, and I now wish to apply these teachings to all 
>my code. I find myself always reformatting whatever my associates give me. 
>Not that they're bad programmers, they just care more about the code 
>itself rather than its structure, and I dare not argue with that. When 
>their code is messy, however, my heart feels messy and I can't get any sleep.
>I wish to be in full control of my code beautifiers. That is, I wish to 
>have them as simple and meaningful as possible. Give me an easy Bash over 
>a complex Ruby any day.
>There's a lot of messed up tools out there. Companies with flashy websites 
>just doing this for the money. So apart from the bullshit, I've managed to 
>spot out the Ruby Beautifier and GNU Indent as two worthy code 
>beautifiers. However I get the feeling they are more complex than they 
>ought to be, and if less is more, my search will have to continue.
>All the best,
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