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

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Why Use !boolean_variable Over boolean_variable == false

A comment on this question: Calling A Method that returns a boolean value inside a conditional statement says that you should use !boolean instead of boolean == false when testing conditions. Why? To ...
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Is it a problem to have different styles of HTML coding within team?

I with 2 other friends are new to web development. We are learning HTML, CSS, Javascript and are creating simple websites to get a feel of different things. And as HTML is only a markup and not a ...
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How to go about bring up the topic of bad programming practices with colleague [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I approach a coworker about his or her code quality? My development colleague is producing numerous blocks of code which I am a bit concerned doesn't really make ...
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In Functional Programming, should domain-relevant simple functions (e.g., sorts) be reified?

In a functional application, should you wrap common higher-level functions in domain-meaningful names or should you leave them "bare"? For instance, if you have a list of Addresses, and "sorted by ...
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Designing class methods: self contained or explicit calls?

I'm probably butchering the terms, if someone knows the appropriate terms - that'd be great. But my question is: should I design my classes so that their methods' parameters be accessible from the ...
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Has anyone thoroughly compared C# common coding standards?

Most of the C# programmers I know embrace one of the common coding standards. However being aware of the standards is one thing, telling the differences is another. Browsing the common coding ...
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How do you name your GUI controls?

It's a generally considered a bad practice to use the Hungarian notation, but is common to find GUI controls named userNameTextBox and userNameLabel. Do you put the control type in it's name? Isn't ...
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XAML code styling [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the recommended control naming convention for XAML markup? Because the old answers now doesn't apply any more as Google Group(s) no longer exists I'm looking ...
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Returning an object or false in dynamic languages

Consider the following JavaScript function: function Foo() { function getPreferences() { if ([there is an existing preferences object]) { return preferences; } return false; } } ...
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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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Never use Strings in Java? [closed]

I stumbled upon a blog entry discouraging the use of Strings in Java for making your code lack semantics, suggesting that you should use thin wrapper classes instead. This is the before and after ...
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Which code snippet would you rather come across? [closed]

I was just taking a look at CodeIgniters encryption class and found the following function: function sha1($str) { if ( ! function_exists('sha1')) { if ( ! function_exists('mhash')) ...
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How does a fresher with a clean slate turn into a good programmer? [closed]

As a graduate fresh out of college with a clean slate, how can one go about being a good programmer who writes good maintainable code? How does one learn good coding practices and apply them? Can one ...
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Do more object declarations affect the program?

I am programming in Windows Forms and MySQL. If I declare this in the program, I can use the connection and command objects in the whole .cs page: MySqlConnection connection = null; MySqlCommand ...
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What is the Best Style for Functions with Multiple Returns and If/Else Statements? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elegant ways to handle if(if else) else In a function where there are multiple returns, what is the best style to use? This style, where there is no 'else' because it ...
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Why is #include <iostream.h> bad?

I was reading another thread where a guy asked about C++ books for beginners, and one of the programmers answering wrote this: Some warnings: avoid all books that present an "hello world" stating ...
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Is there any good reason why lines with only whitespace should be truncated?

Typically, when you hit Enter in a smart editor, it copies the indentation of the last line by inserting the same amount of spaces, so if you don't delete them, the code looks like this: sub sum { ...
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How should I write my if statements? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make a big deal out of == true? When I was a young padawan in the world of programming, a person I considered a mentor told me that if statements are more aesthetically ...
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Keep my classes and methods as small as possible?

A few days ago, I was talking to a Software Engineering PhD candidate and at some point she said to me: Keep your classes and methods as small as possible And I wonder if this is always a good ...
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Should I encourage junior developers to use explicit or implicit typing? [closed]

I am looking to solicit the community's opinion on whether or not it would be advisable to teach junior developers to code with implicit typing (using var) or should I encourage the use of explicit ...
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The importance of the length of a program?

Why is the length of a program important? What difference does it make? [Aside from the fact that a short program looks "good".]
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Programming standards and principles to become better programmer [closed]

I am a c# developer. I have always been interested in increasing my skills and knowledge and trying to pickup new technology. However now I want to enhance my knowledge in Programming standards and ...
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Why “Foo” is so a special word? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “Foo” and “Bar” in examples I discovered that in many examples of code i various books/questions/answers/tutorials the word Foo is used to ...
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Naming Rules: Standards, Reserved, and what do they depend on? [closed]

I want to know the rules of naming (AlwaysCapitalize, _underscore, firstSmallLetter, etc...) for each of Namespaces, Classes, Interfaces, Exceptions, Data Members, Methods, Variables, etc.... also I ...
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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 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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When does the “Do One Thing” paradigm become harmful?

For the sake of argument here's a sample function that prints contents of a given file line-by-line. Version 1: void printFile(const string & filePath) { fstream file(filePath, ios::in); ...
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How to layout class definition when inheriting from multiple interfaces

Given two interface definitions ... IOmniWorkItem = interface ['{3CE2762F-B7A3-4490-BF22-2109C042EAD1}'] function GetData: TOmniValue; function GetResult: TOmniValue; function GetUniqueID: ...
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Programming in academic environment vs industry environment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Differences between programming in school vs programming in industry? This is a general discussion about programming in the industry environment. The background story is ...
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Is '@' Error Suppression a Valid Technique for Testing for an Optional Array Key?

Rarst and I were debating offline about the use of the '@' error suppression operator in PHP, specifically for use to test for existence of "optional" array keys, i.e. array keys that are being used ...
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Is it good practice to use functions just to centralize common code?

I run across this problem a lot. For example, I currently write a read function and a write function, and they both check if buf is a NULL pointer and that the mode variable is within certain ...
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Is the use of explicit ' == true' comparison always bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make a big deal out of == true? I've been looking at a lot of code samples recently, and I keep noticing the use of... if( expression == true ) // do something... ...
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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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How can I learn to effectively write Pythonic code?

Doing a google search for "pythonic" reveals a wide range of interpretations. The wikipedia page says: A common neologism in the Python community is pythonic, which can have a wide range of ...
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How to deal with different programming styles in a team?

We have a small dev team (only 3 developers) and we recently got a new team member. While he is a smart coder, his coding style is completely different from ours. Our existing code base contains ...
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What is the possible disadvantage of putting declarations in inner blocks, instead of at beginning of function?

At the place where I work, there are explicit guidelines for placement of declarations of variables. According to that, it is required to put them at the global level and / or at the beginning of ...
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Why am I seeing so many for(;;) constructs? [closed]

To my way of thinking, a for loop is used to iterate over a known or determinable range. String[] names = //something; for ( int i = 0; i < names.length; i++ ) { //do stuff } which is equivalent ...
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Why are people so strongly opposed to #region tags in methods?

I hear a lot about keeping methods short and I've heard a lot of programmers say that using #region tags within a method is a sure sign that it is too long and should be refactored into multiple ...
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Mixing jQuery with JavaScript

I just asked this question at SO about some bugginess I am experiencing with jQuery and IE8, and someone commented that he was appalled that I would mix JavaScript with jQuery (he has since deleted ...
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What could be some pitfalls in introducing a style guide and documentation generating software in a development team?

I'm considering using appledoc, a flavor of Doxygen for use in generating Objective-C code documentation, in order to create documentation for my company's iOS apps. The idea is that a server will ...
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How do you proactively guard against errors of omission?

I'll preface this with I don't know if anyone else who's been programming as long as I have actually has this problem, but at the very least, the answer might help someone with less xp. I just stared ...
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'Recommended' file length and line widths

I was curious if anyone knew of a recommendation from a reputable source for the max number of lines of code for a given file. For example, Google's Closure Linter recommends that each line should not ...
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Is it an appropriate use of #define to make typing repeated code easier?

Is there any view on whether using the #define to define full lines of code for simplifying coding is good or bad programming practice? For example, if I needed to print a bunch of words together, I'd ...
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Does objective-c's method overhead make a 'many small methods' design approach inadvisable?

I generally favour using small methods, as recommended by, amongst others, Bob Martin in Clean Code. I've also read enough about Objective-C's internals to have at least some idea about how its ...
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Should I reuse variables?

Should I reuse variables? I know that many best practice say you should not do it, however later when different developer is debugging the code and have 3 variables that look a like and only ...
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How do I convince some one that test should do assertion (not assertions) and not the helper methods

Joined a new employer and came across a new style of writing tests. @Test() public testMethodWhichDoesNotDoAnyAssertion() { LoginPage loginPage = signUpPage.doLogin("username","password"); ...
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What are the pros and cons of directly exposing a Table/View entity class to the client?

I'm developing a multi-tier application. We separate our project into three logical layers: client, service and data access. However, almost all methods in the service layer don't do anything except ...
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C++: Spaces vs Tabs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tabs versus spaces—what is the proper indentation character for everything, in every situation, ever? I have always used tabs in all my code (C, C++, python etc.) but I ...
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How to name parts of your program as a non native English speaker [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English? I am from the Netherlands and we speak Dutch. I have worked on quite a few projects now in various ...
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Is there a common capitalization convention in C++? [closed]

I do a lot of work in Python and Java, and both those languages have fairly common (though not universal) conventions on how capitalization should be used in identifiers: both use PascalCase for class ...