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<code>#if</code> or <code>#ifdef</code>.  The comment for <code>#else</code> and <code>#elif</code> should match the
<code>#if</code> or <code>#ifdef</code>.  The comment for <code>#else</code> and <code>#elif</code> should match the
inverse of the expression(s) used in the preceding <code>#if</code> and/or <code>#elif</code>
inverse of the expression(s) used in the preceding <code>#if</code> and/or <code>#elif</code>
statements. (<c> KNF)

Revision as of 22:32, 2 April 2008

Be advised to use the following coding style when writing or editing MansOS source code.


  • Write comments. Respect the reader!
  • Keep the line length under 78 to help the viewer and those that want to print your code. Break the line in several as necessary.

Code flow and indenting

Indent new code blocks by 4 spaces

Note that TAB character is always 8 spaces. However, set your editor to use spaces instead of the TAB character to avoid confusion when loading text files that may contain tab characters and was written using a different editor.

You may want to select TAB key to indent and Backspace key to un-indent in your text editor (SciTe, Emacs, ...)

Variable and function names

Variable names and function names shall start in lowercase and be written in CamelCase - writeByte, not write_byte, wrt_byte or WrItEbYtE.

 int writeByte;
 void printByte(void *buf);

Pointer variables

Add trailing "_p" to show this is a pointer

int writeByte; int writeByte_p; <-- like this

Constants and defines

Use all-uppercase for #define constants, with underscore between the words

 #define MAX_LENGTH  15
 #define HEIGHT      7

For constants use first letter in uppercase with the rest in camelcase Add trailing _c to show this is a constant.

 const MaxBufferSize_c = 64;

When using #ifdef or #if constructs, you should always use comments for #endif. The comment for #endif should match the expression used in the corresponding #if or #ifdef. The comment for #else and #elif should match the inverse of the expression(s) used in the preceding #if and/or #elif statements.

 #ifdef MSP430
  /* msp430 stuff here */
 #else /* !MSP430 */
  /* non msp430 stuff here */
 #endif /* MSP430 */

Enums, structs and all other types

Use the first letter in uppercase, the rest is CamelCase. Add trailing "_t" to show this is a type, or "_e" to show this is an enum

 typedef struct
   int a;
   int b;
   int c;
 } MyStruct_t;

Enums example:

 typedef enum 
   CIRCLE = 17,
   LAST              // Use "Last" as the last enum available, as needed
 } ShapeType_e;

Enumeration values all should be written in uppercase.

  typedef enum { WHITE, BLACK } color_e;

Code control structures

if, else, for, while, do

Always use braces after if(), else, for(), while(), do, even when there is only one statement in the block. There might be a few exceptions when if and the statement is on the same line and unmistakeably has one simple statement such as an assignment.

You may write the opening brace on the same or the next line. Use common sense. Generally to make a short if() with just one statement in the body I use it on the same line.

 if ( a == 17 ) b++;
 if (...) {
 if (...)

Spacing in expressions

Use space to separate tokens in expressions and braces everywhere in the code However, you may use no space between unary operation and operand, for example, i++;

 x = y + 16 - z++;
 if( a == 17 ) {
   b = foo( c, d );

Function and procedure heads

Start every function or procedure with a comment block describing it. The return type for functions may be on a separate line prior to the function name to make the function fit in a single line.

 //    Prints formated text in a box with x,y,w,h parameters.
 printInBox(char* text, char *format, int16_t x, int16_t y, int16_t w, int16_t z)