Coding Guidelines, the Gist

Published on January 13, 2016 (↻ October 3, 2023), filed under (RSS feed).

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.”

Coding guidelines govern how we write code.

Coding guidelines directly help consistency, and through that, indirectly, impact [code] usability, collaboration, and maintainability.

Coding guidelines are important.

The main ingredients of a coding guideline are: what (not) to do within a particular scope, examples, and an explanation.

Coding guidelines can deal with preference or with quality.

Coding guidelines can be descriptive, prescriptive, or both.

Coding guidelines must be communicated, enforced and reviewed.

And, there are some solid coding guidelines out there.

More: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (still brand-new, and still free)!

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma. I love trying things, not only in web development, but also in other areas like philosophy. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

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