Excellent article Nick. Well laid out and presented. The screen shots definitely help drive the points home.
Like you, I as well have had to do side-by-side editor layouts. Tracing call stacks from user browser to API middleware to ORM being able to visually see the function calls makes it easier to mentally comprehend what the program is doing.
pointed out, and I agree, the line limit is limited by the language. PERSONALLY I like 80, will bend to 120, but do not like anything over 120. 132 is either to small on larger screens or require negative azoom in small screens.
GReat writing, I look forward to the next one.
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