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

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Helper Methods Placement [duplicate]

Here's a question that's always bugged me. I'm going to use java as an example because I've almost never run into a problem in java where I didn't need to use helper methods in its class structure. ...
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Coding style (do more, then simplify) [duplicate]

I'm a CS student and I have been coding for a few months shy of a year now, and I seem to have developed what I think may be a "bad" habit and I'm wondering if anyone does the same (or whether it's a ...
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Programming by Intention, Depth-First or Breadth-First?

Say I have the following graph of dependencies between procedures/functions/methods: o / \ v e / \ / \ r f l w That is, function o first calls function v, and then ...
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Dynamic typing function arguments - how to keep readability high?

Dynamic typing newbie here, hoping for some wizened words of wisdom. I'm curious if there is a set of best practices out there for dealing with function arguments (and let's be honest, variables in ...
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Forward declaration vs include

Reduce the number of #include files in header files. It will reduce build times. Instead, put include files in source code files and use forward declarations in header files. I read this in here. ...
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Less code or less operation

Sometimes I hesitate between "More code to avoid unnecessary operations" and "less code but with redundant operations". Let me just take an example (Win32 API): I try to paint some controls manually ...
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unique_ptr and references - coding style question

I'm pretty sure this is a question purely about aesthetics but I wanted to get all your opinions on it before I start proliferating this type of code in my codebase. Consider the following code: ...
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Is it OK to have a method return different types based on a parameter?

I'm looking for a reference to clean coding styles that I can pass to a team member. In particular, the rule that a method should not change its return type based on an input parameter. If you need ...
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Should my code be DRY or readable if it can't be both?

I'm writing Ruby code for a simple encryption exercise and have frequently run across this dilemma (the exercise is a solitaire cipher if you must know). It is a question of whether I should pad out ...
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Choosing between words with different spellings for function names

A question has been bothering me for a while: when developing international projects, it is common sense to use English as the reference language since it is the language that the most people ...
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Are there standard style guides for PHP?

I've been working in a very small team for PHP development and we've been using an ad-hoc, "Invented Here" style guide. Now that our team and codebase is growing, we would like to use a more ...
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Microsoft's coding standards for ASP.NET controls

I cannot find any naming standards/conventions in MSDN for naming ASP.NET controls. One of the following standards tends to be used by programmers: lblAddress AddressLabel Address According to ...
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Is using `continue`, `break` in non-`switch` loops and `?:` bad practice? [duplicate]

Back in college I've been told that using break; and continue; outside switch statements (e.g. to escape for or while loops) is wrong, bad practice and bad habits at the same time because it only ...
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Is relying on implicit argument conversion considered dangerous?

C++ has a feature (I cannot figure out the proper name of it), that automatically calls matching constructors of parameter types if the argument types are not the expected ones. A very basic example ...
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Where to read from file?

In Java: I have a class Students. I would like to read a list of students from a file. Which one is more elegant: Reading and constructing the list in main(), and creating a Student object with the ...
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In which order should I do comparisons? [duplicate]

I'm a strong proponent of writing if statements like this: variable == constant Because to me it just makes sense, it is more readable than the inverted: constant == variable Which seems to be ...
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Prevent developers from using constants

I have one one software system which allows developers to specify an ID or name to create NodeReferences. Both work fine, but ID's are not guaranteed to be the same across different environments. I've ...
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About the usage of assertions [duplicate]

I stumbled upon an article named Programming With Assertions. And beside the mechanism of turning on and off assertions after compile time, I don't get it. Why were assertions introduced on language ...
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Is there a way to support different coding styles in a development team

The Problem: Two developers => three opinions on indention, braces on new line or not etc. We usually work with three or four people on our projects and each of those has it's own code style. I know, ...
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Is a single object to be preferred over multiple variables?

It was quite hard to put what I meant into a title, but it's easy to put into code. C++ Is this int offset_x = 10; int offset_y = 40; ... element.move(offset_x, offset_y); To be preferred over ...
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Switching from ActionScript to JavaScript, tips for writing code?

I am quite comfortable with using actionscript3 and flash. I also have some experience with Java. But recently, I started learning JavaScript and node.js. I ultimately want to make a 3d game in ...
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Space between negative sign and variable name

I tried doing a Google search, as well as searching this Stack Exchange site but could not find a question relating directly to this. The PEP 8 -- Style Guide for Python Code has lots of good style ...
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Throwing an exception inside finally

Static code analyzers like Fortify "complain" when an exception might be thrown inside a finally block, saying that Using a throw statement inside a finally block breaks the logical progression ...
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What is the C++ convention, if any, for naming to differentiate between structure types and other types? [closed]

In general, should I use some sort of convention for structure names which is distinct from other type name? I was thinking about this when my professor started talking about structures. I had the ...
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coding style for If condition [duplicate]

I came across below style of writing if statements in C#, on msdn code examples. Usually when I write if statements, the conditions I would write `(Customer != null) I want to know if there is any ...
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Unindented elses

Been writing code since about 18 years now. Lately, I've got into the habit of not indenting elses and when I look at the code it does worry me a bit mostly that someone who might look at the code ...
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Always pull out common cases and branch separately? [duplicate]

We had a disagreement in a code review. What I had written: if(unimportantThing().isGood && previouslyCalculatedIndex != -1) { //Stuff } if(otherThing().isBad && ...
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Is changing the type of a variable partway through a procedure in a dynamically typed language bad style?

In Python (and occasionally PHP) where variables do not have fixed types, I'll frequently perform 'type transformations' on a variable part-way through my code's logic. I'm not (necessarily) talking ...
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Style for creating IEnumerable unions

There isn't any cool LINQ sugar for creating unions. The Enumerable.Union() method is usually called like this: var bigList = list1.Union(list2); The alternative is to call Enumerable.Union() which ...
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Is using '{}' within format strings considered Pythonic?

I just learned you can write '{}{}'.format(string_a, string_b) instead of '{0}{1}'.format(string_a, string_b) in Python, i.e. you can omit the numerals for the string format parameters when you ...
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In Java, should private helpers go above or below public methods? [closed]

I've noticed that a coworker and I have opposite practices regarding the ordering of methods in our Java classes. One of us begins a class with its major public methods, and then put all of the ...
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Should the variable be named Id or ID? [closed]

This is a bit pedantic, but I've seen some people use Id as in: private int userId; public int getUserId(); and others use: private int userID; public int getUserID(); Is one of these a better ...
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How important is it to reduce the number of lines in code?

I am a Software developer who works on J2SE (core java). Often during our code reviews we are asked to reduce the number of lines in our code. It's not about removing redundant code, it's about ...
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Need some advice and feedback on my code's design

I am looking for feedback on the design of my program. I have a shell script call function.sh that defines a lot of helper functions. My intent is to use those bash functions defined in functions.sh ...
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Why doesn't CSS natively support variables and hierarchy?

I am new to UI development, but I feel very uncomfortable with how CSS works. My use case is that I wanted to apply some specific styles inside a particular div on a page. CSS attempt: div.class1 ...
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Is it a good idea to provide different function signatures that do the same thing?

Here is a C++ class that gets constructed with three values. class Foo{ //Constructor Foo(std::string, int, char); private: std::string foo; char bar; int baz; }; All of ...
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Should I spend time prettifying unit tests? [closed]

The company I used to work for before we had automated unit tests to test our work. However the coding standards and architecture was not very important for tests. Of course you had to indent code ...
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I hate one of our coding standards and it drives me insane, how to process it? [closed]

Disclaimer: Not as exaggerated as the title suggests, but it still makes me uncomfortable. I'm just going to express honestly, so take it with a grain of salt. Just pretend that I'm talking about that ...
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Temporary variables vs line length requirements

I've been reading Martin Fowler's Refactoring. It is generally excellent but one of Fowler's recommendations seems to be causing a little trouble. Fowler recommends that you replace temporary ...
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Preventing override of methods in Objective-C [closed]

Objective-C lacks private methods or java-esque final methods. This means that it is possible for a subclass to (accidentally) override some of the internals of a superclass. How does one prevent ...
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call sub function based on variable value

I have a function containing other functions. These function are called based on value of variable action. These sub functions are logically grouped - i.e., they all deal with file manipulation. ...
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How can I avoid mistakes using the same variable name again?

This isn't a rare case and occurs with me often and I spent countless time trying to debug the code. Latest example, this PHP code where I used $email for the parameter and for object as well. ...
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Are there published guidelines, standards, or references that propose more than 80 chars per line?

Despite increases in screen size and resolution, many sources still suggest that code be limited to 80 characters per line. I realize than there are many different opinions on this subject, but I ...
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Java style classes in c++

I came across this article proposing a style of coding in c++ that looks a bit weird at first. But after reading it over and pondering for a bit I'm really considering giving it a try. The most ...
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Maintenance wise, is `else while` without intervening braces considered safe?

Is else while without intervening braces considered "safe" maintenance wise? Writing if-else code without braces like below... if (blah) foo(); else bar(); ...carries a risk because the ...
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Should I write HTML or CSS first?

There are a lot of analogies for HTML/CSS development; which can be a bit confuse for a beginner. HTML = foundations/house CSS = walls/blueprint/wallpaper Is there any best practice here? ...
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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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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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Single statement non-braced ifs and code merges [duplicate]

I've seen code merges being used as an argument for bracing even single statement ifs. For example: if (condition) { do something; } Unfortunately I can't think of a change that would break a ...
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How properly perform passing operation result to View

I'm developing web site on self made MVC engine. I have actionController that handles operations like register, login, post submit and etc. actionController receives operation name and parameters. Of ...