4 of the Newest Coding Standards

Coding is an immensely popular industry and it is only continuing to grow. Coding is used in a variety of fields, including computer software, websites, apps, video games, emails, and more.

There are many different coding languages and ways to use code to do different things. Coding languages include HTML, Python, JavaScript, Assembly, C, and C++. There are estimated to be nearly 21 million people who are considered coding professionals, meaning their full-time jobs are coding. There are many more people who know how to do some coding and do not code full-time, but do regularly spend time coding.

Coding is a very precise task. While simple spelling errors in writing do not affect the overall message of writing, simple coding errors can have large implications. Because there are so many people around the world who code, it is important to have some coding standards. This allows people to understand what others have coded and improves the readability and efficiency of codes.

Having coding standards also allows individuals to find coding errors more easily, allows for uniformity across individuals companies, and makes code easier to maintain. The following are four of the newest and well-used coding standards.

 

1) STATIC ANALYSIS

Static analysis is used by development teams in order to finish projects accurately and on time. It reduces errors in code without having to completely run code. For example, imagine a team is working on new code for a website with hundreds of blog posts. Rather than running the program on the website and applying it to all of the blog posts, static analysis can be used prior to running it, which is more efficient. Static analysis can be used in many coding languages, including Python static analysis, and is used in a variety of ways. It can be used in code styling analysis, security linking, comment styling analysis, unused code detection, and more. One Python static analysis tool is Deepsource, which, like other tools, can help detect bugs and security issues before they become major problems.

 

2) CODE READABILITY

Code that is very readable is something that can be read and understood by a lot of programmers. For example, if you are writing a newspaper article that is going to be read by individuals across the country, you want to use language that you expect everyone to be able to understand. If you use a lot of location-specific vocabulary or phrases that are common to people who live in the Midwest but not to people who live elsewhere in the country, your article may not be perceived as very readable. In coding terms, code readability means that you use as few lines as possible, avoid long lines and do your best not to repeat yourself. You also do not want to use lengthy functions or many nesting levels.

 

3) BACKUPS

When you are writing or editing code, you want to save your work on a regular basis. This should be done every day, or multiple times in a day if you are making a lot of changes in one day. Depending on what you are working on, there are different ways to backup your code. This may be on a Team Foundation Server, Subversion, or something else your team or company used.

 

4) COMMUNICATION

Good communication is vital to any industry and coding is no different. Individuals who code are usually working on a team of other coders or with other people who are working on a project in a different manner. Having strong communication about expectations and challenges allows code to be more readable and completed more efficiently with fewer problems. One of the ways to do this is to make comments throughout codes so that others know what you are thinking or trying to do in different spots. This is easier to understand than having others just make guesses at what is going on when it is not apparent. Making this communication a priority is important to overall success.

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Written by Mikkie Mills

July 19, 2021

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