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Coding Style Guide

EEROS is written primarily in C++, and its developers follow the Google C++ Style Guide with some modifications:

#define Guards

We use define guards with a naming similar to Java package names.

For example, lets look at the class Block using the following source files:

  • include/control/Block.hpp
  • src/control/Block.cpp

In Java the class Block would be located in the package org.eeros.control. Considering this our define guard in the header file looks like this:


File Names and Extensions

  • File names
    • File names should be the same as the class name. For example, for the class ExampleClass the header file is ExampleClass.hpp and the source file ExampleClass.cpp
    • If there is more then one class defined in a single file, we use the module name for the file name. A module name always starts with a small letter (e.g. exampleModule.cpp)
  • File extensions
    • C++ Source Code: use .cpp
    • C++ Headerfiles: use .hpp

Variable Names

General guidelines for variable names are as follows:

  • Always start with lower case
  • No underscores between words in a variable name
  • No underscores at the beginning or end of member variables
  • No m_ prefix for member variables
  • No p_ prefix for private variables
  • Constants begin with a lowercase k (e.g. kGain)
  • Pointers start with a lowercase p (e.g. pLength) except when:
    • It is an Array
    • It is a c - String


tableName    -> OK
tablename    -> OK, but tableName is better
table_name   -> Wrong
_tableName   -> Wrong
m_tableName  -> Wrong
tableName_   -> Wrong

Code Documentation

  • The documentation of the code is done with Doxygen.
  • The code is documented in the declaration, never in the definition.
  • Whenever possible the definition should be separated from the declaration.
  • Templates have to be defined directly in the hpp-file. In that case, the documentation will be added there.
for_developers/style_guide.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/09 18:31 by ursgraf