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Turns west-const C/C++ source files into east-const

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A wind blows over the C
so strong that it moves 'const' you see
from the west to the east
some of 'em at least

Westerly is a script to re-arrange const in your C/C++ source files to follow east-const convention. Plenty of articles have been written about why you would want to do that, I'm not going to repeat the arguments here and will instead assume that you have arrived here because you are convinced of the merits.


Todo once available PyPI ...


Once installed you can use the following command to run westerly on a source file:

westerly $file

By default, the rewritten source will be written to stdout. To perform the replacement in-place, pass the --in-place option:

westerly --in-place $file

It is highly recommended that you only run westerly on version-controlled source-code, so you can go back in case something goes wrong. Westerly uses a set of heuristics to determine which consts to move and where, it doesn't actually have a full understanding of C++ syntax. No heuristic is perfect. You have been warned.

It is also highly recommended to pass the changed code through clang-format (or git clang-format) as westerly will sometimes mess up formatting a bit.


Why, oh why?

Because sometimes you have solved all business cases and all that there is left to do is to cleanup up code and make it consistent. Yes, seriously.

Why doesn't westerly have options to control spacing around const?

I get it, you don't like the spaces westerly puts around const. You would rather prefer to have it output const& instead of const &. You are not alone. Surrounding const with spaces on boths sides is just the pragmatic choice as there is no danger of fusing const with surrounding tokens by accident. As mentioned above, you should pass your code through clang-format after running westerly, which has plenty of options to configure spaces around const.

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