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

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Why is trailing whitespace a big deal?

Trailing whitespace is enough of a problem for programmers that editors like Emacs have special functions that highlight it or get rid of it automatically, and many coding standards require you to ...
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What is the ideal length of a method? [closed]

In object-oriented programming, there is no exact rule on the maximum length of a method , but I still found these two qutes somewhat contradicting each other, so I would like to hear what you think. ...
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Should we enforce code style in our large codebase? [duplicate]

By "code style" I mean 2 things: Style, eg. // bad if(foo){ ... } // good if (foo) { ... } Conventions and idiomaticity, where two ways of writing the same thing are functionally equivalent, but ...
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Coding convention regarding the usage of underscores [closed]

There seems to be divided opinion on this subject, and I wanted to get people's insights on whether they've found using underscore prefixes and suffixes to be helpful with coding or not. You know, ...
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Commenting regular expressions

Are there any common practises for commenting the regular expressions: inline comments referring different part of RegEx or general comment for all expression?
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Is it bad idea to use flag variable to search MAX element in array?

Over my programming career I formed a habit to introduce a flag variable that indicates that the first comparison has occured, just like Msft does in its linq Max() extension method implementation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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css - use universal '*' selector vs. html or body selector?

Applying styles to the body tag will be applied to the whole page, so body { font-family: Verdana } will be applied to the whole page. This could also be done with * {font-family: Verdana} ...
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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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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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Are there any scientifically rigorous studies of coding style principles? [closed]

Is a coding style principle - e.g. the single-exit principle - really a good thing? Always, or just sometimes? How much difference does it really make? Whatever your opinions, these are obviously ...
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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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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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“how bad” is unrelated code in try-catch-finally block?

This is a related Q: Is use of finally clause for doing work after return bad style/dangerous? In the referenced Q, the finally code is related to the structure used and the necessity of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Legitimate reasons for circular references in C++

I have project written in C++ that I am working on which has a parent-child relationship where each child has only one parent. I had previously decided after looking at this post that I would make the ...
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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 ...