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

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Which style to use for repetitive code (in java)

I have a project written in Java that required some repetitive code. Basically the gist of it is that I'm taking one object and copying it into two different objects -- Which I would just use clone() ...
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Is fewer lines of code always better? [closed]

Which of these programming styles is better? var result = methodOne(methodTwo(a, methodThree(b)), c, d); or var result3 = methodThree(b); var result2 = methodTwo(a, result3); var result = ...
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Blank lines in C

I'm working through K&R and I notice that their code is extremely tightly spaced. I haven't developed C since at University, but professionally most source from other languages I've worked in has ...
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How can I keep current with Python coding style?

I've been using Python since version 2.2. I do pick up new language constructs like for example with statement or dictionary/set comprehensions. However, I've realized that even though I'm being ...
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Placeholders in strings

I find that I sometimes use placeholders in strings, like this: $ cat example-apache <VirtualHost *:80> ServerName ##DOMAIN_NAME## ServerAlias www.##DOMAIN_NAME## DocumentRoot ...
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which style of member-access is preferable [duplicate]

the purpose of oop using classes is to encapsulate members from the outer space. i always read that accessing members should be done by methods. for example: template<typename T> class foo_1 { ...
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articles in variable names and hard-coding strings

re-edited by author: no this is not 2 questions. This is one question about code review questions containing two separate points. Please do not edit my question. For naming variables, the two sides ...
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Coding Convention: C++ Header/Interface Files

I'm reading through a PDF on C++ programming from this page on Stanford's site. It says that when you're creating a C++ header file for a library interface, use a #ifndef preprocessor command to make ...
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function exit condition on parameter consistency check [duplicate]

When checking for parameter consistency a the top of a function body, what is the best strategy? This one: protected void function(Object parameter) if (parameter == null) return; ...
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Should I use parentheses in logical statements even where not necessary?

Let's say I have a boolean condition a AND b OR c AND d and I'm using a language where AND has a higher order of operation precedent than OR. I could write this line of code: If (a AND b) OR (c AND ...
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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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Equating multiple new variables with an old one

Sometimes I run into a situation where I need to equate two new variables with an old one. Which of the following (if any) is a good practice (w.r.t. code readability or any other factor), under what ...
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Reason for placing function type and method name on different lines in C

I just started at a company and one of the style comments at my first code review was that the return type and method name should be on different lines. For example, this void foo() { } should be ...
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Is the usage of internal scope blocks within a function bad style?

There are some (quite rare) cases where there is a risk of: reusing a variable which is not intended to be reused (see example 1), or using a variable instead of another, semantically close (see ...
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How do you decide what code to put into a function?

I started out with a script that was a few hundred lines. Later, I realized I wanted another script that would require much of the same code. I decided to wrap certain areas of the original script ...
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Java: How to make local fields & parameters final without having a 'final' keyword on each declaration

By default, I want all my local variables and method parameters to be final. Unfortunately, the Java language designers chose a different default: variables&parameters are by default non-final, ...
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In languages that don't allow underscores in integer constants, is it a good practice to create a constant for 1 billion?

In languages that don't allow underscores in integer literals, is it a good idea to create a constant for 1 billion? e.g. in C++: size_t ONE_BILLION = 1000000000; Certainly, we shouldn't create ...
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Is repeating links to the same class in a single javadoc comment a bad practice?

I'm currently writing an API and its documentation. For example I have something like this: public interface Event { } public interface Process { } public interface EventProcessor { /** * ...
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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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Ensuring that headers are explicitly included in CPP file

I think it's generally good practice to #include the header for any types used in a CPP file, regardless of what is already included via the HPP file. So I might #include <string> in both my HPP ...
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Is it a good practice to write a method that gets something and checks the value? [duplicate]

Occassinally I have to write methods like this: string GetReportOutputDirectoryAndMakeSureExist() { string path = Path.Combine ( ... ) //whatever logic if(!Directory.Exists(path)) ...
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Programming Style in Large Scale C++ Applications

Recently I've been browsing source code of large applications written in C++ to learn a bit but I couldn't help but notice that most if not all use a lot of IFDEFs and class-less functions (where they ...
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What are the downsides of mixing tabs and spaces? [duplicate]

The advantage of using tabs for indentation is that people can configure their editor to use the tab width they are comfortable with. The only argument against this seems to be that people don't want ...
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Code Base with awful code conventions, follow them?

With no time to refactor, when you are working on legacy code, with the most awful conventions, what is the best practice? Will trying to follow better coding style would improve readability or ...
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What does Uncle Bob mean by 'noun phrase names'?

I am reading Clean Code by Uncle Bob. Because I am not a native-English speaker, I couldn't understand following statement: Classes and objects should have noun or noun phrase names like ...
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When are chained assignments (i.e. a=b=c) bad form?

I'm working on a VB.Net WinForms project and found myself writing code like this: this.Fizz.Enabled = this.Buzz.Enabled = someCondition; I couldn't decide whether that was bad code or not. Are ...
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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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Is deep nesting of control flow in code a studied problem?

I made the case to coworkers that deep levels of control flow was harmful to the readability of code. Example, taken from the relevant stack overflow question If you need more than 3 levels of ...
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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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Python code style - blank lines in long list

I'm curious, is there a standard approach to dealing with long lists in the Python community, and in particular, is there any antipathy toward doing blank lines followed by comments to break up a ...
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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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What's the right balance between code consistency and code improvement?

Recently I had a discussion with a colleague regarding code style. He was arguing that your usage of APIs and the general patterns you are using should be as similar as possible with the surrounding ...
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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 ...