A FEW WEEKS AGO, CJR WROTE about a disturbance in the force caused by what was perceived as sudden and inexplicable changes in the Associated Press Stylebook’s hyphenation guidelines. Even though the guidelines were not sudden, and even though AP explained them thoroughly, people were upset.
This is why I like programming. The rules are set in stone, and, if you deviant from the rules, your code doesn’t run. Nice and simple.