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Coding Standards

According to the dictionary, "standard" stands for “something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.” Now you may ask why we need to complicate our lives with the adoption of some coding standards. The answer to this question lies in the following pages.

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By: Gabor Bernat
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March 05, 2008
  1. · Coding Standards
  2. · The Advantages and Disadvantages
  3. · A Taste of Standards
  4. · More About Standards
  5. · Conclusions

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Coding Standards - Conclusions
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The code snippet presented on the previous page is only a few lines long, but imagine it as part of a million lines of code. Now, which do you think is more appreciated? Which usage is easier, more straightforward, and certainly easier to debug? If you decided to read the previous pages, then surely the answer will be the second one. And you are right! You should be convinced that regardless of the language you code in, you can and should use coding standards. Each of them is slightly different, and any standard can be modified by the team adopting it. But the results are obvious.

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The Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) estimates that software bugs cost the U.S. economy nearly $60 billion annually and that improved testing could eliminate more than one-third of software failures. So for your own sake, stop wasting cash and your own valuable time. Adopting a good coding standard is the next crucial step for you. Out there in the online world you can find quite a lot of standards that apply to your language, just use Google.

If you managed to reach this part of the article and you are a coder, then you are probably already seeking a coding standard guideline. There are hundreds of rules encapsulated in a guide, but once you get the idea and you catch its drift, this will be one of those steps that you won't regret.

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