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Re: PG: Hackers and Painters

What is a coding standard?

--Matt Hellige wrote:

> Probably the most important single factor in the success of this
> undertaking is style guidelines. It is absolutely imperative that you
> have a coding standard that every programmer agrees to and swears to
> follow. This naturally entails compromise and head-butting, but it's
> far better to isolate it and get it out of the way at the beginning.
> Typically, there will only really be a few big points of contention,
> since often what's absolutely essential to one programmer is only
> of marginally religious importance to the rest. The guideline we
> followed here was that each programmer could write code however they
> wanted within the boundaries of the standard, and no one was allowed
> to change it.