Linked Questions

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Styleguide when coding in a static language [duplicate]

I am currently a junior engineer and keen on learning best practices and expanding my experience. My question concerns any static programming language such as Java, C#, C++ etc. When I am writing ...
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2answers
920 views

“positively formulated” vs. “reads as english sentence” style logic [duplicate]

Sorry, I'd be happy to have someone improve the title of this question. What are the benefits and downsides of "positively formulated" logic vs. having it "english readable". I'm looking for a ...
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1answer
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Callback functions: Semantics and maintainability, when they aren't necessary [duplicate]

Within the context of JavaScript/Node.JS; Will using Callback functions improve the maintainability of source code, when there is no need for async programming? For example does the plain code sound ...
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4answers
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Use the company style guide or try to match the incorrect source files? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a large project in C++. The style guide for this language has been well defined by my company and is available for everyone to see. This particular code-base is being ...
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1answer
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Best practices: Number of return statements [duplicate]

I'd like to ask about best practices on return statements. So, what would be more preferable, something like... ... String r = null; if(var != null) { r = "NOT NULL!"; } return r; Or something ...
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1answer
393 views

If TDD is design, how do you know your TDD is well designed? [duplicate]

Given a large group (50+) of programmers: All given the same problem, All using Test-Driven Development (TDD), All pair programming, All doing group-based code review, I have personally seen the ...
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3answers
272 views

How to avoid falling into the trap of not commenting code? [duplicate]

I've been working on a project for about a month now. I am extremely familiar with the code and understand it to the extent where I feel that it is so easy to understand, that most methods don't need ...
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2answers
210 views

Are there any well-known quantitative approaches to evaluate a particular design whether it satisfies or violates the SOLID design principles? [duplicate]

I designed an application framework by considering the SOLID design principles and supported by design patterns. However, I wonder if there are any automated tools or well-known approaches to evaluate ...
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34answers
18k views

When would someone be considered a bad programmer? [closed]

How would you consider that a programmer is bad at what he or she is doing? If possible... How should he/she improve?
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18answers
42k views

Is there an excuse for short variable names?

This has become a large frustration with the codebase I'm currently working in; many of our variable names are short and undescriptive. I'm the only developer left on the project, and there isn't ...
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15answers
48k views

Developer insists if statements shouldn't have negated conditions, and should always have an else block

I have an acquaintance, a more seasoned developer than me. We were talking about programming practices and I was taken aback by his approach on 'if' statements. He insists on some practices regarding ...
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21answers
13k views

How would you react if someone told you your code is a mess?

I am a good programmer, or so I thought before. I always love to program. And I want to learn many things about programming to make me a better programmer. I studied programming for 1 year and now I ...
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13answers
18k views

Should we eliminate local variables if we can?

For example, to keep a CPU on in Android, I can use code like this: PowerManager powerManager = (PowerManager)getSystemService(POWER_SERVICE); WakeLock wakeLock = powerManager.newWakeLock(...
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12answers
17k views

I've been told that Exceptions should only be used in exceptional cases. How do I know if my case is exceptional?

My specific case here is that the user can pass in a string into the application, the application parses it and assigns it to structured objects. Sometimes the user may type in something invalid. ...
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11answers
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How can I make sure that I'm actually learning how to program rather than simply learning the details of a language? [closed]

I often hear that a real programmer can easily learn any language within a week. Languages are just tools for getting things done, I'm told. Programming is the ultimate skill that must be learned and ...

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