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

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How to manage a relatively large one-man project? [duplicate]

I am basically working on https://github.com/KirisurfProject/ entirely alone. This is around 4000 lines of Go code, plus around 1000 lines of Racket (a Lisp) code for the GUI part; the equivalent in ...
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Alias variable vs multiple use of getter

Would you rather: $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($currency); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($user); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->flush(); ...
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Using JOIN keyword or not

The following SQL queries are the same: SELECT column1, column2 FROM table1, table2 WHERE table1.id = table2.id; SELECT column1, column2 FROM table1 JOIN table2 ON table1.id = table2.id; And ...
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Is serialization better done in instance methods or static methods

Say I have a class workStockItem, that I wish to serialize. Which is the better style? using a static method or using a non-static method (maybe even implemented as a property as seen below) ...
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Elegant ways to handle if(if else) else

This is a minor niggle, but every time I have to code something like this, the repetition bothers me, but I'm not sure that any of the solutions aren't worse. if(FileExists(file)) { contents = ...
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Why do most of us use 'i' as a loop counter variable?

Has anyone thought about why so many of us repeat this same pattern using the same variable names? for (int i = 0; i < foo; i++) { // ... } It seems most code I've ever looked at uses i, j, ...
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Accepting a numerical range in a function call

I have encountered two ways of doing it: void foo(int from, int to); /* 'from' inclusive, 'to' exclusive */ void foo(int startIndex, int rangelength); Has one style historically been preferred ...
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Organization of DLL linked functions

This is a code organization question. I got my basic code working but when I expand it, it will be terrible. I have a DLL which I don't have a .lib for. Therefore I have to use the whole ...
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Is there an easy way to type in common math symbols?

Disclaimer: I'm sure someone is going to moan about easy-of-use, for the purpose of this question consider readability to be the only factor that matters So I found this site that converts to easting ...
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What is the benefit of not using Hungarian notation?

One of the things I struggle with is not using Hungarian notation. I don't want to have to go to the variable definition just to see what type it is. When a project gets extensive, it's nice to be ...
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The purpose of using a constants pool for immutable constants

Originally posted at stackoverflow.com/q/23961260 I come across the following code with a lot of frequency: if (myArray.length == Constants.ZERO_INT) or if (myString != null && ...
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Origins of code indentation

I am interested in finding out who introduced code indentation, as well as when and where it was introduced. It seems so critical to code comprehension, but it was not universal. Most Fortran and ...
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Use unnamed object to invoke method or not?

If I have a class with only only public method. When I use this class, is it good to use unnamed object to invoke its method? normal: TaxFileParser tax_parser(tax_file_name); auto content = ...
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Should our team order Javascript class methods/properties consistently? If so, how?

As our team is growing I've noticed that different developers put their class methods in different orders. For instance: var Foo = Backbone.Model.extend({ someVar: {}, initialize: ...
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sizeof style: sizeof(type) or sizeof variable?

I've seen two styles of using sizeof for memory-related operations (such as in memset or malloc): sizeof(type), and sizeof variable or sizeof(variable) Which one would you prefer, or would you use ...
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Identify this programming style

Some of the legacy code I've inherited uses the fact that C# supports multiple assignment to write code like: void DisableControls() { ddlStore.Enabled = ddlProgram.Enabled ...
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_variable - why that underscore at the beginning? [closed]

Sometimes I see people writing variable names like this: int _variable; IMO That's really ugly. What's that about?
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Is lack of whitespace a sign of a cargo cult programmer? [closed]

Eric Lippert has written about cargo cult programming, and Steve McConnell has tackled the subject from a Software Engineering point of view. Eric provides a fairly succinct description: They ...
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Should my team use some common well-regarded coding standard as a basis for its own?

The R&D team I'm in has decided to adopt a coding standard. We have only recently formed, and have too little code and common coding time of our own to base our standards/conventions document on ...
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Should I write compact code or code with lots of spaces? [duplicate]

I have two friends that have completely different schools of thought on how to lay out their code. The first says that code should be well-indented and use lots of spaces and to name variables ...
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Should you always pass the bare minimum data needed into a function in cases like this

Let's say I have a function IsAdmin that checks whether a user is an admin. Let's also say that the admin checking is done by matching user id, name and password against some sort of rule (not ...
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Objective-C style: Do I implement factory methods or init methods?

I'm new to Objective-C programming, and creating various classes for an iOS application I'm working on. When creating objects, it seems like many classes in the built-in frameworks use the "static ...
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Most readable way to format long if conditions? [closed]

Long winding if conditions should be avoided if at all possible, yet sometimes we all end up writing them. Even if it's a very simple condition, the involved statements are sometimes simply very ...
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Using a closure to avoid code duplication in Python

Sometimes I find myself wanting to run the same code from a few different spots in the same function. Say I have some function func1, and I want to do the same thing from a few different spots in ...
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equivalence in callback and non-callback javascript

I'm pretty sure that the following two snippets are equivalent but I wanted to double check: CALLBACK STYLE function foo(input, callback) { // do stuff with input callback(); } function ...
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Why write clean, refactored code? [duplicate]

This is a question I've been asking myself for a long time. Thought of throwing out it to you. From my experience of working on several Java based projects, I've seen tons of codes which we call ...
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Creating nested functions for purely aesthetic reasons?

I've always wondered what other programmers think about the idea of creating pure aesthetic functions. Say I have a function that processes a chunk of data: Function ProcessBigData. Say I need ...
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Best practice in setting return value (use else or?)

Whenever you want to return a value from a method, but whatever you return depends on some other value, you typically use branching: int calculateSomething() { if (a == b) { return x; } else ...
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Is there a named antipattern for unclear API not exposing the requirements? [closed]

In the source code I'm evaluating (jarjar), there exists java code that can be used like this: JarJarTask fixture = new JarJarTask(); fixture.addConfiguredRule(new Rule()); fixture.execute(); Which ...
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Why is it bad to write something in language X as if you're writing a program in language Y in terms of using a shared coding paradigm [closed]

A while ago, I asked a question on SO about something written in C++, but instead of getting an answer to the problem at hand, the comments went all crazy on my coding style, even when I indicated ...
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Where do you declare variables? The top of a method or when you need them? [closed]

I am in sort of a dilemma (in a geekish way of course). I love to declare variables at the beginning of my methods, and usually order them in some logical way. The problem is, when the list gets ...
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Should I always use “is” as prefix for boolean variables? [closed]

Should I always use is as prefix for boolean variables? What about booleans that indicate something in past? Should I write isInitialized or wasInitialized? Should I write for properties IsManyMembers ...
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How can you decompose a constructor?

Lets say I have a Enemy class, and the constructor would look something like: public Enemy(String name, float width, float height, Vector2 position, float speed, int maxHp, int ...
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Check some value between each function call

Can you recommend a nice way of checking a particular value between calls to a set of functions? E.g. something like this in Python (might not be terribly 'Pythonic'): self.error_code = 0 # this ...
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Preferred Scala code style for several embedded brace sets

I was wondering the correct way to format a situation such as this, where I have a def, a foreach and an if clause all nested, requiring braces. Currently I find it hard to read, and there is no ...
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Is it okay to make coding style changes on an open source project that doesn't follow best practices?

Recently, I came across a number of open source Ruby (or majority of it was Ruby) projects on GitHub that when checked with a code analyzing tool like Rubocop, create a lot of offenses. Now, most of ...
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How using tab affects commands like diff

In the page at http://pear.php.net/manual/en/standards.indenting.php, it is advised to use space instead of tab as it causes issue with diff, patches. Here is the excerpt from the page. Use an ...
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Approach to coding algorithms to minimize rework [closed]

I find myself reworking my code quite a bit, especially when learning to write algorithms that involve keeping track of multiple attributes and labels. I feel that having the pseudo-code written up, ...
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How to really understand programming? [duplicate]

I have started to learn to program. I am interested in it and dont mind how long it takes to learn. But I am using books to start out and I find that there are some things I get and some things I have ...
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Are long functions acceptable if they have internal structure?

When dealing with complicated algorithms in languages with support for nested functions (such as Python and D) I often write huge functions (because the algorithm is complicated) but mitigate this by ...
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Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer

I've always liked physics, and I've always liked coding, so when I got the offer for a PhD position doing numerical physics (details are not relevant, it's mostly parallel programming for a cluster) ...
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When should I pass setting-like value as class' variable and when as an assoc. array?

Following my other question, is there a general rule of thumb, when we should pass a setting-like value, that controls class' behavior (for example displayed texts) as as class' constant or variable, ...
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When should I pass value as class variable and when as a method argument?

Is there a general rule of thumb, when we should pass a value as as class variable and when as a method argument? Or is it just a choice of the developer? For example -- are there any reasons, why ...
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Long vs short scripts? Big vs small scripts? [closed]

As a programmer, I have always wondered whether it is preferable to write (a) short modular functions that are each stored in their own script (i.e., file) or (b) long comprehensive scripts that ...
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Passing member variable as a method parameter

In a project, I've found a code like this: class SomeClass { private SomeType _someField; public SomeType SomeField { get { return _someField; } set { _someField = value; ...
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Switch or a Dictionary when assigning to new object

Recently, I've come to prefer mapping 1-1 relationships using Dictionaries instead of Switch statements. I find it to be a little faster to write and easier to mentally process. Unfortunately, when ...
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How far to go when standardizing code [duplicate]

My small team and I have created a decent sized web application (~50k lines), with a fully featured API, all in Perl. As us perl hackers know.. it is easy to get sloppy. We had to port over a lot of ...
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Communicate to a junior developer about bad style

I have a friend who's managed to pick up comma first (best case might be made here: http://ajaxian.com/archives/is-there-something-to-the-crazy-comma-first-style) but it's 100% against our org's style ...
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Creating a large quantity of types VS using mostly the ones provided by the language [closed]

There are several times where you're coding a method which has two parameters with the same type, lets say, integers, NumberOfUnitA and NumberOfUnitB. Given that we're coding in a language that ...
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using unsigned integers in c, c++

I have a very simple question that baffles me for a long time. I am dealing with networks and databases so a lot of data I am dealing with are 32-bit and 64-bit counters (unsigned), 32-bit and 64-bit ...