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

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Non-printable characters and editors

Today I was presented with a very nasty problem and I do not quite know where to ask this but hope here is ok. So I have the following string: "\0" (at least that's how it looks in visual studio). If ...
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Function wrappers with no args: bad practice?

My colleague likes to write classes containing methods looking like this: public function doTaskA() { return $this->doTask('A'); } public function doTaskB() { return $this->doTask('B'); ...
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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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Identifier vs domain object as a method parameter

Are there any objective arguments for or against using objects vs unique ID as method/function parameters? (and members of other objects?). Specially in the context of statically typed languages ...
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Addicted to Interfaces - Good or bad? [duplicate]

After 2 years of programming, I usually found myself using the following design pattern: public interface ISomeInterface { void SomeMethod(); void OtherMethod(); } public abstract class ...
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If I have a method that needs verification in order to proceed, do I call it inside the method or before? [duplicate]

This has been bothering me. This is more of a pragmatic problem than technical. Imagine I have a SaveOrderChanges method which, as its name implies, will save the order changes when the user submits ...
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When the result set doesn't matter should Left Join or Inner Join be used

When you have a query where you're joining from a non-null foreign key to the foreign table it doesn't matter if you use LEFT JOIN or INNER JOIN from a result standpoint (since there won't be any ...
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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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What is a reasonable level of detail for a style guide? [closed]

We are developing embedded software for an automotive product in ANSI-C in a large team. Yesterday, in our regular code review, we had a general discussion about the style of our code. We have a ...
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Using prefix/postfix increment operator for simple incremental array access rather than actual index numbers

I cannot decide which method is better with consideration of both readability and fault-tolerance. Method #1: Object[] objects = getArrayOfKnownLength(); int i = -1; someMethod(objects[++i], ...
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How to name variables without plural in a for-each loop? [closed]

How do you name loop variables when the list item is named after something without a plural? For instance (in python): [x for x in sheep]. x is not a great name, but sheep have/has no plural that ...
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What arguments are there to use a coding style for each distinct language? [duplicate]

I recently had a discussion about our coding style for C# projects. Two things in particular were very hard to agree upon. Method Naming C# has the de-facto standard of naming (at least public, ...
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Is there a use for non-const reference parameters?

Given a function like: void do_stuff( Thing & thing ) { // at this point, I can inadvertently or purposefully change thing } Is there a reason to purposefully change thing? Changing thing ...
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Why create a Global-ish Object.create function?

I'm a fairly experienced programmer in the .NET and Java realms, and I've started reading up on JavaScript. I bought Douglas Crockford's "The Good Parts" book, and I'm immediately put off by a few ...
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Using regions in C# applications [duplicate]

What is cons and pros using #region - #endregion tags in a C# application? Generally people are asking as disadvantages of using #regions. But I am asking if there is some advantages of #regions. I ...
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Style question: To use overloaded version or not?

Let's say I had an operator() overload that made temp_.matrix[k][j] and temp_(k+1, j+1) equivalent. In my class functions (where matrix belongs), would it be better to have if (temp_.matrix[k][j] == ...
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Should I consider uncertain future requirement while development? [duplicate]

I have one text box across multiple pages which is used to enter multiple customerids (as comma separated) . But in current page due to some subsequent implementation difficulties we make it as ...
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Using self.method vs the scope :method DSL

According to the Thoughbot Rails Style Guide, we should Use def self.method, not the scope :method DSL. My question is: is this simply for the sake of choosing one of these styles and sticking ...
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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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I have a particular coding style, does it have a name? [closed]

I don't know if it is just what my first Java lecturer taught me or if it is based on something. It has parts of it that are the same as the Oracle Java style (naming) but differs in other ways, as ...
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Checking for valid state inside function or outside [closed]

This is a common occurrence in programming and is language agnostic, you have a function that needs to do something but in only in some cases. Maybe it's a feature-toggle, maybe it's a function that ...
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Why does C++11 developers prefer space before colon in range-based for loops? [closed]

In most of the C++11 codes, I see: for (auto i : list) { // a space before colon ... } However, usually C++ developers do not prefer: for (int i = 0 ; i < list.size() ; ++i) { // spaces ...
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Is it ok to break the “is a” relationship if I just want part of a class' functionality?

I asked a question about extending TreeMaps into "sort by value" TreeMaps on the "code review" site on stackoverflow. Based on the response, I re-wrote the code. I like it. But, it feels like I might ...
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How to handle type conversion of a constant?

Consider the following (imaginary) code extract: class X { private static String IS_PAYLOAD_REQUIRED = "4001"; [....] checkPayloadRequired(String input) { if ...
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Should the method describe its side effects? [duplicate]

I was reading Clean Code by Bob Martin and there's one particular code smell, related to naming, that looks interesting to me: N7: Names Should Describe Side-Effects Names should describe ...
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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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( ...