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Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers productivity when viewed in the light of human limitations context (as opposed to uniform formatting of various code elements like functions, variables, etc)?

Causes for complexity:

  1. Need to work in multiple windows
  2. Need to pause and refer docs / google

Human limitation context:

  1. General human attention span, working memory and retention is limited
  2. Continuity of same peak level productivity despite a time break / interruption
  3. Programmers with ADHD
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I'm having trouble understanding the question and how the answer could be anything other than an opinion. Can you edit the question? – Jeanne Boyarsky Dec 27 '13 at 0:50
What program do you write code in? If it recognizes the language, it should do something similar for you.. – Raystafarian Dec 27 '13 at 12:27
It seems like a given that code formatting does indeed help programmers - I don't know of any IDE that doesn't format code and the only editor I can think of that doesn't do any formatting of code at all would be something like Notepad in Windows. (And I don't know anyone who writes code using Notepad) Like Jeanne, I don't understand your question. – Benny Hill Dec 27 '13 at 14:23

Yes, in general, code formatting in an IDE helps developer productivity. Each developer has his own preferences, but yes, as a developer, I'm more productive when I can use an IDE like Eclipse with all my code formatted, colored, and highlighted the way I like it than if I have to use a plain text editor.

For example, when I select a variable, I have Eclipse highlight other occurrences of that variable in a green background. This helps me quickly see where that variable is being used. In a plain text editor, I would not be able to do this so I wouldn't be as productive.

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And it is much quicker and more comfortable to write shorthand (eg. syso + Ctrl+Space) and having the editor automatically complete the syntax like parentheses, and to quickly access long method names after writing only a few characters... – Juha Untinen Jan 30 '14 at 10:53

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