[jsword-devel] coding conventions

bergmannmd at web.de bergmannmd at web.de
Wed Oct 28 15:32:50 MST 2009

Am Dienstag 27 Oktober 2009 19:47:40 schrieb DM Smith:
> I'm up for a change on this one. We just need to settle on a good
> convention. (Input wanted!)
> I've never been a fan of { being on it's own line, except when it
> enhanced readability, as in:
> if (a &&
>       b) {
>       c;
> }
> Where a && b is really any compound condition spanning several lines and
> c appears to line up with the list of conditions. In this case I want to
> have something to set c apart from the conditions.
> This could either be the double indentation of the continuing conditions:
> if (a &&
>          b) {
>      c;
> }
> Or of { being on the next line:
> if (a &&
>       b)
> {
>       c;
> }

I think I would find the second one the best.
But if such a compound condition really is very long it should be put into a 
method for better readability. So that you have:
if(isConditionTrue()) {

boolean isConditionTrue() {
        return a && b;

> I think the extra indent makes a bit more sense and is easier to enforce
> with checkstyle.
> Also, I think that for the sake of maintenance and adding new
> expressions (e.g. debugging) that all single expressions are in a block.
> That is, not:
> if (condition)
>     expression;
> and that there are no one liners:
> if (condition) { expression; }
> I also prefer:
>      } else {
> over:
>      }
>      else {

I second all of the above.

> Regarding methods, it gets pretty long to have:
> scope returnType methodName(parameterList) exceptionList {
>      code;
> }
> I think this and class declarations are two places where { should be on
> the next line. But I could be persuaded otherwise.

In my opinion parameters lists shouldn't be that long.
3 Parameters to a method are many except it is some static stuff.
With that lines are not very long and the { can be on the same line.

> If we change, I'd like to do it one package at a time and have
> consistency within a package. The Eclipse formatter will make easy work
> of it.

Yeah, the IDE can reformat it on one pass.


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