Conway does make specific recommendations for whitespace and curly-braces in your code, but the most important thing is to adopt a consistent layout, regardless of the specifics. And the easiest way to do that is to use the Perl::Tidy manpage. This policy will complain if you're code hasn't been run through Perl::Tidy.


This policy can be configured to tell Perl::Tidy to use a particular perltidyrc file or no configuration at all. By default, Perl::Tidy is told to look in its default location for configuration. Perl::Critic can be told to tell Perl::Tidy to use a specific configuration file by putting an entry in a .perlcriticrc file like this:

  perltidyrc = /usr/share/perltidy.conf

As a special case, setting perltidyrc to the empty string tells Perl::Tidy not to load any configuration file at all and just use Perl::Tidy's own default style.

  perltidyrc =


the Perl::Tidy manpage is not included in the Perl::Critic distribution. The latest version of Perl::Tidy can be downloaded from CPAN. If Perl::Tidy is not installed, this policy is silently ignored.


the Perl::Tidy manpage


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <thaljef@cpan.org>


Copyright (c) 2005-2007 Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. The full text of this license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this module.