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

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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; ...
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Is making a small change, testing it, then “rinse and repeat”, a bad habit?

I am a programmer with a number of years of experience. I realized I got a certain habit. I'm not sure whether it's really a bad habit or not. I get a list of tasks to perform for a solution, even ...
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Inheriting from Abstract class vs Enum Types for custom exceptions

I am creating an interface and would like the implementer(s) of this interface to throw exceptions in the case that something goes wrong. Let's call the implementer a plugin. I have a director which ...
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Is too much whitespace a bad thing? [closed]

I'm often told by my friends and colleagues that I use way to much whitespace. I guess I do use a little too much whitespace. I often add a line break almost after every line and large blocks of ...
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Object Chain through an Interface

Say I have 3+ types of objects: function Sea() { var logs = [Logs]; this.getLog = function(ind){return logs[ind]} } function Log() { var bumps = [Bumps]; this.getBump = ...
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Improve coding quality

I have been dealing with programming for several years now (I am still a student but with a lot of internships). Mostly working with C++, Python and MATLAB, I noticed that whenever I download an SDK ...
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How reduce the usage of Magic Strings?

In the application database there is a configuration table with this schema: Table: ReleaseProperty ReleasePropertyID ReleaseID Name Value Currently to retrieve a specific property I pass to the ...
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Refactoring previous intern's noodle code with future interns in mind [duplicate]

Background I've run across this problem as I am currently an intern at a large company's local software division. I have been given the task of extending a project that several previous interns have ...
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Loading dynamic css based on user

I want to provide different UI theme based on user who logged in. For that I have came up with following 2 options: create separate files for all themes duplicating all the common css. This way I ...
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Should special (simpler) cases have separate code paths?

I have a rather complex method which can get called in two possible "scenarios". One is a special case of the other in which all the nested foreach loops are only executed once and several if ...
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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 [closed]

Would you rather: $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($currency); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($user); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->flush(); ...
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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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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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The purpose of using a constants pool for immutable constants

I come across the following code with a lot of frequency: if (myArray.length == Constants.ZERO_INT) or if (myString != null && !myString.equals(Constants.EMPTY_STRING)) Neither of ...
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Simplicity-efficiency tradeoff

The CTO called to inform me of a new project and in the process told me that my code is weird. He explained that my colleagues find it difficult to understand due to the overly complex, often new ...
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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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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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_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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Why does Java support brackets behind variables and even behind method signatures? [closed]

Java allows this: class X{ int i,j[]; // j is an array, i is not } and even worse, it allows this: class X{ int foo(String bar)[][][] // foo actually returns int[][][] { return null; } ...
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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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How to set up something like an integration server that measures the quality of code and reject the code if the score is below a certain number?

Even if I don't like enforcing people to do things (and I believe that it may decline the productivity and cause anger), I really want to enforce good coding style. Is there a way to set up ...
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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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Why are so many Python files really big (5k+ lines)? [closed]

Is there any specific reason driving Python files to often be so large? Python files may contain several classes within one file, and some files go up over 10k lines in length. This seems to go ...
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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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What is “using namespace” pollution?

I was looking at the google coding guide [here] and they do not recommend that one use the using namespace ornamespace:function` - if I did not misinterpret it. Does this apply to std as well? ...
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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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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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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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How to break these long C++ lines in a neat way? [closed]

I'm on my first bigger C++ project and find that I have some really long lines. My goal is to break them to 79 columns, but I do not really know how to do this in a neat way. Are there some guidelines ...
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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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How important is it to clean up someone else's code when faced with a tight deadline? [closed]

(I'm talking about HTML / CSS code (not programming languages) but I think we also face the same issue as with programmers.) I am the senior front-end designer in a team and I often have to re-work ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...