Coding standards, or coding conventions, are sets of rules or guidelines designed to govern the process of code production in a software project. They're usually based on industry best practices or generally accepted conventions. They include naming conventions, style, prohibited features, and more.

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How to work with programmer with different preference of indentation width? [on hold]

I personally prefer 4 spaces for each indentation level, but there are colleagues that prefer 2 and even 5 spaces. We can of course use the same spaces level, but is there a way we can uses different ...
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How to reference one object with two interfaces? [duplicate]

Suppose I have two interfaces I and J that is implemented by Test class. Now I need one object of class Test that is referenced by I and J both interfaces. I can do it by singleton design pattern. But ...
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Is writing code chronologically the best way for readability? [closed]

So I've been writing a lot of JavaScript lately. Despite what many people say I think JavaScript can be a simple and beautiful language. What I've pondered of late is how to structure the code so it ...
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Do we need to validate entire module usage or just arguments of public methods?

I've heard that it is recommended to validate arguments of public methods: Should one check for null if he does not expect null? Should a method validate its parameters? MSDN - CA1062: Validate ...
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Is there a standard way to indicate that a function returns a new pointer?

Sometimes I want to delegate the construction of objects that a class owns to a separate function. Something like Vertex* new_vertex(const Options& options) { // do stuff... return new ...
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In HTML and CSS what are the standard tab sizes? [closed]

I searched on Google but couldn't find an answer. I'd like to know what are the standard tab sizes for HTML and CSS. Is it 2 or 4?
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Java - Best way to set properties of an object [closed]

I don't know if there is any difference in performance, or its just a matter of choice, but I am a perfectionist like that, and I'd like to know. Lets say you have the object HolySheet. You can set ...
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Naming convention for getting the primitive backing a type?

I have a class that is backed by a double value, and I am wondering about accessor method names that preserve abstraction. Based on my experience in Java, there seems to be at least two precedents: ...
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Modern frameworks method conventions

I've been noticing that modern frameworks tend to have this kind of code style: expect(6 - 4).toBe(2) this can be rephrased as: assert(6-4, 2) Yet the former is much more readable. I would like to ...
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If I #include a file, do I need to have a valid path to any headers #included in the included file [closed]

For example, if I have created a library, libcommon, which uses some other custom, but widely used library in a specific field (some_other), like this: libcommon.h #ifndef LIBCOMMON_H #define ...
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Defensive Programming - “Return” placement [duplicate]

Sometimes I see myself writing code in the following way: if(value == null) return null; //... I will have here as many defensive conditions (and returns) as I need //... Continue to execute method ...
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Is it good programming practice to create files with no extension? [closed]

I often store data in external files when Python coding. Should I always save them with an extension - i.e. .txt? Is there any reason not to (other than saving bytes) to not give the extension? I ...
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Is the use of one-letter variables encouraged? [closed]

Is the use of one-letter variables encouraged in Java? In code snippets or tutorials, you often see them. I cannot imagine using them is encouraged because it makes the code relatively harder to read ...
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Use the company style guide or try to match the incorrect source files? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a large project in C++. The style guide for this language has been well defined by my company and is available for everyone to see. This particular code-base is being ...
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Getters with data conversion in Java VOs

I am working on a standard Spring application where DAO layer returns entities to service layer and service layer returns VOs to other services and controllers. In a certain scenario, we have a VO ...
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How bad is it that my index.php in a Zend Framework MVC application mixes definitions and side effects?

I'm introducing some more coding quality standards and checks via a new project - in particular, the PHP-FIG recommendations. This project using Zend Framework 2, and I have a fairly simple entry ...
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Handling source code table alignment

Sometimes there is need to have tables (big or small) in source code. ItemType const SomeTable[] = { // id name min max ITEM( 3, "Foo", 70, 180), ITEM(13, "Bar", 30, 50), ...
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Objective-c anonymous property coding style

If I have an interface defined like @interface MyClass @property (nonatomic, copy, readonly) NSString *myString; @end so that myString is externally visible but can't be written, what would be ...
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No exceptions C++ and partially constructed objects

Looking over Joint Strike Fighter Air Vehicle C++ Coding Standard, rule AV 73 states something on the lines: Default c++ constructors should be avoided if that means leaving object in a partially ...
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SQL - for some attributes specific to different clients' users, how to handle schema?

I have clients, each of whom have an app with a bunch of users. Their user data could be pretty different, but there is also a lot of overlap. Ex: all their users have "gender" and "age" and plenty ...
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Are project naming conventions more important than language naming conventions? [closed]

I'm working on a project with a senior developer and he doesn't really abide by the naming conventions of the language that we're using. The project is in Go and he uses underscores for everything. ...
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In ifs inside for loops, prefer checking for true, or for false and continue?

I'm discussing this with a work colleague. Say we want to sum the numbers from 0 to 9 skipping 5. He prefers this: int sum = 0; for(int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { if(i == 5) { continue; ...
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Reducing the complexity of over-designed code

I have just started working at a company where I have inherited a C# codebase from a previous developer. I know programming well, have an engineering degree + an (unfinished, several year long) PhD ...
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Is there any necessity to pass a variable parameter to a method while the variable declared global? [duplicate]

I am writing a class in java of Monte-Carlo algorithm. Here is the written code - public class MonteCarlo { int[][] matrix; public void monteCarlo(List<Node> nodeList) { matrix ...
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Typedefs to convey relations between classes

I'm wondering if the following use of typedefs is any good practice, or if there are any downsides to it. Basically I have alot of "data"-structs, which are intended to be used in (globally unique) ...
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Why should a HashMap be used(in functions) to determine which value to return(for a key) when an if else construct can do the job in better time?

While I was recently working at a big company, I noticed that the programmers there followed this coding style: Suppose I have a function that returns 12 if the input is A, 21 if the input is B, and ...
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How should I compare two database tables - with SQL or using Java? [closed]

I have two tables with different structure. I should compare ID from 1st table with ID of the intermediate table and then comapre TXT field of the intermediate table with TXT field of the 2nd table. ...
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What to use instead of IDs in selectors in CSS

I recently installed a csslint package for my Atom text editor. I keep getting warnings saying "Don't use IDs in selectors." I found this weird since I've always been using IDs in selectors in CSS, ...
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Where does the Liskov Substitution Principle generally lie in different constructor parameter lists?

There are two other questions I've posted that dealt with specific cases of this: Where does the Liskov Substitution Principle lie in a subclass passing extra arguments to similar, tightly-related ...
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Are `switch` statements generally used wrong? [closed]

I see most developers using switch statements with breaks in each and every case. Is this usage of switch statements inappropriate since a simple set of if-else statements would suffice? Is it OK for ...
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Capitalizing custom methods in a SDK based project [closed]

In projects which need heavy SDK usage, like Android and iOS development, I want the methods/functions I write to be obvious and since the whole framework is written with lower case method names I ...
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Should we refactor our existing codebase to use functional programming, especially streams? [closed]

We have a large project written in PHP. It almost exclusively uses imperative operations, as in example 1. Should we refactor our existing code to use functional operations? Do you think that the code ...
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Is embedding data in a executable considered a good practice?

Embedding data (such as images) in a executable seems to have a few advantages, like easier distribution of the executable and easier compatibility with different OSes. But, is it a good practice? ...
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Easy way to make old javascript files conform to new quoting standard?

We've just started putting linting in place at my workplace, and a lot of the devs didn't realize our standards called for double-quotes everywhere. About 50% of the codebase uses single-quotes, so ...
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What do you call classes that do arbitrary work in your project? [closed]

I work on a lot of projects with different teams. Every project has its own conventions, including what to call arbitrary classes that don't lend themselves to obvious names. As a counter-example, ...
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What are the key areas to evaluate software (codebase) on? [closed]

I have been asked to do a code review of about 50 applications over a period of 6 weeks. (Management has changed and the new CTO asked for an full internal software audit) I am wondering, what are ...
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Are there any widely accepted sets of standards/practices for secure coding? [closed]

The title should be fairly self-explanatory. We need to update our coding standards, and as part of this process we've been asked to try and follow an industry standard from a ...
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Why is the use of JavaScript in HREF attributes discouraged?

Disclaimer: I came to Programmers.SE to ask this question because I understand this is the place to ask this type of question, and not necessarily stackoverflow. If I am wrong, please close the ...
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Should one value simpler code over performance when returning multiple values?

I'm too often facing situations where I need to get several types of information from a method. I usually think long and hard to circumvent these situations but I'm thinking it's pointless work that ...
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Project directory structure

Actually i'm using this project directory structure http://framework.zend.com/manual/1.12/en/project-structure.project.html But recently i started using namespaces in all my php-classes like: ...
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C Linked List Implementation Pointer vs. Pointer-to-Pointer Consistency

To get some practice in C, I'm writing some basic functions for operating on a linked list of ints. I started out with functions that accepted as a "list" a pointer to the head node. Now, I find ...
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Method Parameters Ordering [closed]

I was recently changing a method to add in an additional parameter, and I couldn't help but wonder if there were "best practices" or "generally accepted rules" in deciding what order parameters of a ...
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Is there a particular coding standard with comments between function name and body?

I'm integrating with a shipping API built in php. They have a strange coding standard where the comments are between the function name and the first curly bracket.. which - subjectively - makes the ...
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How to format Android view IDs

I struggle with this every time I work on a project. I am not entirely sure what the standard conventions are for creating view ids. I usually use something like view_more_button but then if we ...
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Do else blocks increase code complexity? [closed]

Here is a very simplified example. This isn't necessarily a language-specific question, and I ask that you ignore the many other ways the function can be written, and changes that can be made to it.. ...
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At what point should you start putting functions in a new file? [closed]

I'm currently writing a python script. It's currently about 400 lines long, and it seems like it's getting a bit long, as when I'm trying to scroll through it with eclipse it takes a bit to get from ...
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Should I continue stressing development standards? [closed]

I've been with my software team for about three years now, and just recently I brought up the concept of variable naming conventions (across all languages, but C#/VB.Net specifically). We really ...
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What does it mean when some technology is a “standard”?

I started learning Java EE 7 and I am frequently coming across this term "standard", and I don't understand what it means. So, for example, here is a quotation from this book: Contrary to SOAP ...
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Generic Repositories with DI & Data Intensive Controllers

Usually, I consider a large number of parameters as an alarm bell that there may be a design problem somewhere. I am using a Generic Repository for an ASP.NET application and have a Controller with a ...
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Erlang return value conventions

Should functions that return tuples, always return tuples? For example, I have a function is_user_name_allowed that returns a tuple in this he form if the username is not allowed: {false, ["Reason ...