In my last post on JKI State Machine Best Practices, I explained the #4 Best Practice: Use macros (instead of “chaining” together sequential states).
In this post, I'll talk about a very simple (yet important) best practice that will help make your code much more readable for you and others who work on or inherit your code.
The #5 Best Practice: Left-justify State Strings
I said this one was simple, right?
Left-justified text -- easy to read.
With left-justification, as you can hopefully see, it's much easier to read the category headings/groupings for multi-line (multi-state) strings.
One quick tip to ensure you get a left-justified string constant is to copy the "Macro: Initialize" string constant (that's outside the JKI State Machine on the left-hand side) and use that as your starting point, as shown below.
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