Generic Code Formatting with EditorConfig example

I love code. I take care of my code and I like my code to be formatted nicely. No matter if I’m on Eclipse, Netbeans or IntelliJ, I want my code to be formatted the same.

Nowadays we have EditorConfig. In the source code we can place a file .editorconfig with formatting instructions. These instructions can be read by many Tools like Eclipse, Netbeans, IntelliJ and VisualStudio. If we create an .editorconfig file with formatting instructions, these rules are automatically applied.


An example of an .editorconfig file looks like:

As you see you can define specific formatting rules for different file types.

Happy coding and formatting!

Gradle Goodness: Source Sets As IntelliJ IDEA Modules

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Groovy Goodness: Turn Method Parameters Into Named Map Arguments With IntelliJ IDEA

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Grails Goodness: Debugging App in Forked Mode

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