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In our shop we take on a lot of code from other firms and our rule is always "write your code in the style of the author if you can". Keeping it consistent on a per-project basis is a good rule of thumb.
For projects that we develop in house I tend to encourage the Allman style and I've setup our IDEs to perform, with a key combination, automatic formatting. That way, before you commit you hit the key combination and BAM, formatted code. I think someone playing the heavy on where you put your braces or white space should have a beer and chill out; I'd be more concerned with what the code was doing rather than it being presented on a silver platter.
If you don't comment your code you're a savage, though.
I seem to keep having this conversation.
I often find it difficult to describe my love for KDE. I've used GNOME, WindowMaker, Enlightenment, Xfce and even CDE for a time. KDE will suck on your RAM more than the others will, most likely, but on a modern PC the only time I would need a GUI and all of my RAM for my PC to be responsive is if I were running VMs configured in a cluster on it. KDE is a pleasant environment that allows you, more than any other environment, to configure your workspace precisely to how you want to do business with your PC.
On a typical day on my PC I'm running: Firefox, Konqueror (for google searches, via krunner), Yakuake (always in memory, drop-down console), Eclipse, Kate, Dolphin (often on multiple desktops), Kopete (IM client), Konversation (IRC client), GIMP, OpenOffice/Kword (depending on what I'm doing), Amarok (music rules), VLC, Kontact (groupware software, mostly for KMail), etc., etc.
I have a 3.2Ghz processor and 4GB or RAM which I don't even fully use (32 bit Ubuntu, I suck at making the big leap) and some kind of Nvidia card that plays WoW well (and I run that via Wine with -opengl) that allows me to have crazy desktop effects that run as smoothly as the first time I ran WindowMaker on my P133.
Times are changing, the desktop is on Linux now too. I don't think it will ever be for everybody but Linux has the best UI configuration capability, in my opinion, over any other PC interface I've ever used; here's the kicker, it's because of KDE for me. GNOME has always kind of had ups and downs with respect to philosophy regarding applications and how the UI is laid out for each. All KDE apps, unless the author took the pain to build it piece by piece themselves, are pretty much uniform in presentation and usage. GNOME can't claim that and everything else is pretty much just a window manager.
Robustness is not bad if you feel you actually need it. Stick with what works for you, KDE works for me. Open source is about options, too.
Programming is something I honestly feel should be a fundamental skill for everyone; I think the reason why most people don't learn to do it is that they've convinced themselves they won't understand it. Have confidence that you'll get it and practice. Remember that good programming is learned over years and not days or weeks. Try not to get frustrated, the WWW has more than enough information available for anyone to learn.
If you haven't yet, download Kubuntu 10.04 and patch up to the latest version of KDE. Once you see how the plasma desktop can be configured I'm confident that you'll begin to reconsider.
"C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\wow.exe" -opengl
No config file, btw.
I think another issue is that though the recent games are coming with pretty graphics and usually good sound design, they are, mostly, a variation on a theme. Fun-factor in games has always been the most important thing to me. Immersion the close second. And if you can bother to make me laugh and not just swear in frustration, that'd be nice too.