Coding Standard

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The increasing number of contributors require that we clearly define coding rules and guidelines. Although for historical reasons the current code of Stellarium does not always comply to these rules, they should now be respected for any addition or modification of the code.


Stylistic Conventions

  • Source code should use ASCII character set. Characters such as 'é' or 'ö' are not portable when hardcoded. Gettext translated strings should be used for such characters.
  • Variable names and comments should be in english.
  • Class names are nouns, in mixed-case, with an initial upper-case letter and the first letter of each subsequent word capitalized (e.g. CoreFactory).
  • Method names are verbs or nouns in mixed-case, starting with a lower-case letter (e.g. update() or addElement()).
  • Methods that return a value should take the form getSize().
  • The names of local variables should be in mixed case, starting with a lower-case letter (e.g. packetSize). This also applies to the formal parameters of methods. Do not use names starting with underscore.
  • The names of macro or static final constants should be all upper-case words, separated by underscores (e.g. MIN_WIDTH).
  • Indentation should be done with tabs, not spaces. This enables each developers to use his favorite indent size without changing the code.
  • Use blank lines as follows:
    • 1 between methods, before (block or single line) comment
    • 1 between logical sections of a method
    • 2 between sections of a source file
  • Use the following layout for braces:
void MyClass::myMethod(int x)
   if (x>10)
      cout << "You won." << endl;

Doxygen Comments

Stellarium source code should be document with Doxygen. From Doxygen webpage:

"Doxygen is a documentation system for C++, C, Java, Objective-C, Python, IDL (Corba and Microsoft flavors) and to some extent PHP, C#, and D.

It can help you in three ways:

  1. It can generate an on-line documentation browser (in HTML) and/or an off-line reference manual (in $\mbox{\LaTeX}$) from a set of documented source files. There is also support for generating output in RTF (MS-Word), PostScript, hyperlinked PDF, compressed HTML, and Unix man pages. The documentation is extracted directly from the sources, which makes it much easier to keep the documentation consistent with the source code.
  2. You can configure doxygen to extract the code structure from undocumented source files. This is very useful to quickly find your way in large source distributions. You can also visualize the relations between the various elements by means of include dependency graphs, inheritance diagrams, and collaboration diagrams, which are all generated automatically.
  3. You can even `abuse' doxygen for creating normal documentation (as I did for this manual).

Doxygen is developed under Linux and Mac OS X, but is set-up to be highly portable. As a result, it runs on most other Unix flavors as well. Furthermore, executables for Windows are available."

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