Coding style is a set of guidelines that helps readability and understanding of the source code.

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Is it good Python style to write a function that has no effect other than potentially raise exceptions?

Sometimes I find myself writing Python code that looks like this: def check_stuff(param): if condition1(param): return "condition1" # These might be enum values, etc., instead of strings ...
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The recommended Way to exit a Loop

Occasionally - but recurringly - I face the following loop pattern problem: CodeSnippet1 DO WHILE LoopCondition //LoopCondition depends on some pre-calculation from CodeSnippet1 CodeSnippet2 ...
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Return values and exceptions

I wrote simple function that returns a string depending on which condition is TRUE. Here is my code: private String getMyString() { if(!mStrigMember.isEmpty()) { return mStrigMember; ...
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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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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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Understanding the program that reads a set of text lines and prints the longest in K&R's book [migrated]

I'm reading K&R's book, section 1.9. The program for printing the longest line, from a given set of lines, is given as #include <stdio.h> #define MAXLINE 1000 /* maximum ...
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Is throwing an exception an anti-pattern here?

I just had a discussion over a design choice after a code review. I wonder what your opinions are. There's this Preferences class, which is a bucket for key-value pairs. Null values are legal ...
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Is it better to call a function multiple times, or to assign a variable multiple times and call the function once? [duplicate]

Is it better to write if (condition) { do_something(0); } else if (other_condition) { do_something(1); } else { do_something(2); } or int variable; if (condition) { variable = 0; } ...
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Understanding the solution of Exercise 1.12 of K&R's book as given in the book “The C Answer Book”

I am reading the solution of "The C Answer Book". I think that the solution of Ex. 1.12 can be shortened. The Exercise is as, Write a program that prints its input one word per line. The ...
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Functions returning strings, good style?

In my C programs I often need a way to make a string representation of my ADTs. Even if I don't need to print the string to screen in any way, it is neat to have such method for debugging. So this ...
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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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which is a better practice one method that does everything or a series of different methods?

I'm working with asp.net and c# Lets say I have a bunch of drop-downs and I want to bind data from a database, is it better to make a master-bind method that loops each one and gets the parameters to ...
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Is it better to perform a calculation in the field's setter or have a different method?

I'm implementing a simple Quota object which determines a usage percentage based on the maximum and the used. private int maximum; private int used; public Quota(int used, int maximum) { ...
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Is it always a best practice to write a function for anything that needs to repeat twice?

For myself, I can't wait to write a function when I need to do something more than twice. But when it comes to the things that only appear twice, it's a bit more tricky. For code that needs more than ...
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When should a private method take the public route to access private data?

When should a private method take the public route to access private data? For example, if I had this immutable 'multiplier' class (a bit contrived, I know): class Multiplier { public: ...
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int * vs int [N] vs int (*)[N] in functions parameters. Which one do you think is better?

When programming in C (or C++) there are three different ways to specify the parameter in a function that takes an array. Here is an example (implementing std::accumulate from C++ in C) that shows ...
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How to structure a loop that repeats until success and handles failures

I am a self-taught programmer. I started programming about 1.5 years ago. Now I have started to have programming classes in school. We have had programming classes for 1/2 year and will have another ...
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How does a developer code in anticipation of change? [closed]

I ask this question based on the fact that currently my environment is under constant change due to the type of work we do. We do not always work on a project bases we often have smaller changes that ...
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Are there established guidelines for code formatting in included files with references to other files?

When developing for the web you will inevitably end up referencing a lot of files that eventually all get included and combined into a finished product. I specifically develop a lot of Wordpress sites ...
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Nullable enumeration values vs. “NoValue” or “Undefined”, etc

I often write code which translates entities in the database to domain objects. These entities often have fields which are constrained and translate to enumerations in the domain objects. In some ...
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Where should I place a typedef when used in method signatures in C++?

I'm using an Optional class quite similar to that of boost. For semantic reasons, I switched an attribute of the same (structured) type in some class definitions (and therefore also in method ...
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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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Redundant ElseIf-Else Blocks [duplicate]

These types of if-elseif-else blocks appear all over the place, and in no small number (so the less the better). Every time I have to think and decide: Do I want the simpler or the more thorough of ...
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Using the optional 'self' reference in instance methods in Swift as a matter of style

Swift allows optional prefixing of method calls and property references to the current object instance via self. Removing these prefixes can declutter code but, depending on the length of the method ...
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PHP conditional test func call against two values

I was wondering if there's a one liner for PHP that would allow me test multiple values against a function call. As example, say I want to test if foo() returns either 1 or 2, (in pseudo code) if( ...
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Cleaner C# without unneeded indents [closed]

In OO languages, at least C#, everything has to be in a class. Sometimes, everything is in a namespace as well. Just about literally all the code in one class is going to be automatically indented ...
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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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type name for state machine state (as opposed to other state variables)

I need to create a typedef for a state machine state, e.g. enum ToasterStateMachineState { TSM_READY, TSM_TOASTING, TSM_DONE }; But ToasterStateMachineState seems verbose and redundant; is ...
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Should a class explicitly implement interface if its superclass also implements it?

Given an interface interface I { one(); two(); } An abstract base class partially implementing I abstract class A { @Override void one() { //something } } And lastly ...
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Coding style issue: Should we have functions which take a parameter, modify it, and then RETURN that parameter?

I'm having a bit of a debate with my friend over whether these two practices are merely two sides of the same coin, or whether one is genuinely better. We have a function which takes a parameter, ...
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Print Statements Inside Function Or Before Calling It? [closed]

I have a script which different people may use. I have print statements so people can follow along what the script is doing, and if it breaks where it went wrong, and if a certain step takes a long ...
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At what point should you collapse many parameters into (e.g.) struct to improve readability in function headers?

While making a struct creates some overhead at run-time, packaging a bunch of frequently-used-together variables can dramatically increase code readability. How do you balance the two? I was just ...
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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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Improving the speed of coding in Fortran [duplicate]

I've got about 1.5 years of experience in writing Fortran 2003 codes for scientific applications (duh), and I'm finding myself now in the situation in which I need to write working code as fast as ...
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Which is a better pattern (coding style) for validating arguments - hurdle (barrier) or fence? [duplicate]

I don't know if there are any accepted names for these patterns (or anti-patterns), but I like to call them what I call them here. Actually, that would be Question 1: What are accepted names for these ...
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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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RefactorException: Good idea or bad idea?

When I'm doing large scale refactors I'm often commenting out the contents of methods and using NotImplementedExceptions for stuff that I still need to refactor. Problem is that this is interfering ...
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if else brackets on same line, best comment style? [closed]

I used to do this: // If the cat is black if ( $catColor == 'black' ) { ... } // Otherwise eat a taco else { ... } But I've more recently started to move toward this style of conditional ...
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Checking negative of a condition

What is the (slightly pejorative) term for checking the negative of a condition (rather than the positive which is often more readable): e.g. if(!someVar) { return null; } else { return ...
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Should I sacrifice code succintness to ensure the narrowest variable scope? [duplicate]

In many languages (e.g. both Perl and Java - which are the two languages I work most with) it is possible to narrow the scope of local variables by declaring them within a block. Although it adds ...
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How can if (sscanf(buf, “%i”, &mode) != 1 || TRUE) be rewritten to if (TRUE)?

I got lost in the opening of this post on reddit. How can if (sscanf(buf, "%i", &mode) != 1 || TRUE) be rewritten to if (TRUE)? Does this assume that the sscanf never fails?
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Should we only catch in exceptional circumstances?

Whether error handling by throwing exceptions is good or bad is contentious. Are exceptions as control flow considered a serious antipattern? If so, Why? The common line is that exceptions are for ...
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MVC Controller - keeping methods small

I'm reading uncle Bob's Clean Code and it completely revolutionizes my programming style. In this book author claims that best methods are small methods. What about controller's action methods in ...
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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 ...
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C programming practice, passing a pointer to a function [closed]

Consider the following C function which takes as argument a string, which is then stored inside a struct: struct mystruct* usestring(char* string) { struct mystruct *struct; struct = ...
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Eliminate duplicate code in nested IFs without creating a function [duplicate]

Let's say we have two ifs that depend on each other: if var exists { if var is array { //Do stuff with var } else { //Resolve the problem } } else { //Resolve the ...
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Where are C variables declared [duplicate]

I see a lot of code with variables declared right after the function, but when I post something like that people end up mad and say it is better to declare them when they are used. I assume this all ...
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Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites? [closed]

I'm kind of new to programming and i have a question that's been bothering me for awhile. Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites. I've used Codecademy to practice and ...
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Should you ever use private on fields and methods in C#?

I am somewhat new to C# and just found out that: in C# all of the fields and methods in a class are default private. Meaning that this: class MyClass { string myString } is the same as: class ...
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Is this approach to CSS correct?

Reading SASS basic features on their website, I stumbled upon the @extend feature. The example they give is the following: .message { border: 1px solid #ccc; padding: 10px; color: #333; ...