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I’ve been surprised at the number of people who were unaware that Mozilla has a coding style guide. It contains the rules for new files for both JavaScript and C++. You can save your reviewer a whole bunch of time by making sure your code conforms to this before asking for review.

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  1. When do we get the lint or JSHydra or whatever tool to automatically tell us the errors?

  2. From the JavaScript section:
    “Use \uXXXX unicode escapes for non-ASCII characters. The character set for XUL, DTD, script, and properties files is UTF-8 which is not easily readable.”

    That has me confused. Are you (as in: Mozilla) really claiming hexadecimal references to Unicode code points are more readable than the actual characters they represent?

  3. Ah, right, there is a style guide. I remember seeing it around the time I started with Mozilla. Then I learned the simple rule “just follow the style of the file your are changing” and forgot about it…


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