Coding Standards are important for a number of reasons:
- Standards allow everyone to follow the same practices, which lowers the learning curve when moving between projects.
- Coding standards make the reading of source code easier, thus lowering the time needed by a developer to understand it.
- Standards make projects easier to maintain.
- 80% of the software life-cycle is maintenance (Sun Microsystems).
- Software is often not maintained by the original author.
For standards of any kind to work EVERYONE MUST do their best follow them.
Fire up Eclipse and take a look at Preferences > PHP > Editor > Templates.
The name column indicates what you need to type to insert a template.
For instance, to insert the elseif statement, type the name "elif" followed by Control + Space bar (select the template), and hit enter/return, and hey presto - a Clock coding standards else if statement pre-formatted for your usage.
These templates allow for import and export, so ensuring your developers have imported the templates, you can rid of statements like "oh I didn't know we structured function comments like that" et cetera.
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