C-Coding-Standards - EE312 C Coding Standards Spring 2008...

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EE312 C Coding Standards – Spring 2008 Writing code that is easy for others (or you later) to read is an important part of programming. Style entails a program's readability and logic structuring. Style is almost as important as correctness in programming. This is useful for you, the programmer, when you are writing code and the graders for reading and making sense of a program. Also, in industry and real-world situations, you usually do not write a whole program at once, nor do you only look at programs you wrote. Usually industry programmers are looking at code they did not write or wrote a long time ago, which is where style and comments become very important to understanding programs. Here are the style rules for this course. Your program will be graded on conformance with these rules. Naming Conventions: 1. All programmer-defined identifiers shall use names that are meaningful with respect to the real world concepts that they represent. (This includes file names, function names, variable names, constants, etc.) 2. The name of a variable shall help describe its purpose in the program and/or what it is an abstraction of from the real world. For example: int numTokens; double hypotenuse; Although they are short names, it's ok to use x or y if they represent coordinates; or i and j for matrix or table indices (these are standard conventions in the real world).
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