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Predefined Coding Style Schemes

SourceFormatX code formatter was designed to be as flexible as possible to accomodate a wide variety of layout preferences. As a result, SourceFormatX offers over 100 options for customizing the look of your source code.

Collections of formatting options are grouped into schemes for ease of reference and selection. SourceFormatX provides 7 predefined coding style schemes (including GNU coding standards and MFC schemes) that you can use "as is" or as a starting point for creating your own. All schemes can be controlled with the code convenient schemes manage within SourceFormatX.

The main reason for using a consistent set of coding style schemes is to standardize the structure and coding style of an application so that you and others can easily read and understand the code. Good coding conventions result in precise, readable, and unambiguous source code that is consistent with other language conventions and as intuitive as possible.

Here is a partial list of SourceFormatX's many code formatting options. Click on an option to see more information about the code formatting style.

Coding standards are rules that software programmers follow to ensure that their source code is easy to read and maintain. Software source code is plain ASCII text. Coding standards are important only to the human maintainers and peer reviewers of a software project.

Conventions may be formalized in a documented standard an entire team or company follows, or may be as informal as the habitual coding practices of an individual. Conventions and standards have no impact on the executable programs which are created from the text source. They may, however, make software tool development easier.

In software programming, a coding style is a convention governing the indentation of blocks of code to convey the program's structure. This article largely addresses the C and C++ programming language and its descendants, but can be (and frequently is) applied to most other programming languages (especially those in the curly bracket family). Indent style is just one aspect of coding style.

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