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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Code Styles & Standards Topics related to code styles and standards.

Microsoft StyleCop is now Open Source
I have previously talked about Microsoft StyleCop. For those that might not know about it, StyleCop is a source analysis tool (different from the static analysis that FxCop performs) that analyzes the source code directly. As a result, it focuses on more design (or style) issues such as layout, readability and documentation. In an interesting move (and one that I am happy to see), Microsoft has decided to make StyleCop an open source project (under the MS-PL license) available on CodePlex. (The project ......

Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2010 1:19 PM

Code Style and Standards: Best Practices? - BOF11

The TechEd 2007 Schedule Builder has been updated with the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. If you're going, be sure to check out my session on Code Style and Standards.

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 11:04 PM

Birds-of-a-Feather session - "Code Style and Standards - Best Practices"
I just received notification from INETA that my Birds-of-a-Feather session, "Code Style and Standards - Best Practices" has been accepted for TechEd 2007. The session is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 1:00 PM. I want to thank everyone that voted for my session, I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you there. Just to get everyone thinking a little bit about the topic, discussions about code style and standards usually end up in very heated debates and end up in a stale-mate at best ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:27 PM

Tech·Ed Birds-of-a-Feather deadline near
Apparently, this Friday (April 6) is the last day to submit Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session topics for Tech·Ed 2007. Having attended several BOF sessions over the last few years, I decided to submit one of my own for this year. The topic I chose is titled "Code Styles and Standards - Best Practices?". The idea for this session is to talk about code standards and style guidelines, which can usually be a very volatile topic. I hope that by getting a group of relative strangers together we can talk ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:47 PM

StyleCop – Some Constructive Criticism
It’s been a while since I last talked about StyleCop. I’ve been using it a lot recently on an internal project of mine and have come to really like the idea behind the tool. After using it extensively over the last few days, however, I think there are a few glaring omissions and features that need to be implemented before this tool can become truly useful. The first issue that I ran in to was the sheer volume of violations reported. In an effort to try and trim down the violations to a workable number, ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:29 PM

Only Chalk Talk at Tampa Code Camp
As I was building the Internet Calendar for Tampa Code Camp, I realized that I have the dubious distinction of being the only Chalk Talk session. I am a little bit surprised since this format (which is very similar to the Birds of a Feather session format from Tech·Ed) provides a good round-table interactive discussion on the topic. If you are going to Tampa Code Camp, be sure to check out my session on Code Style and Standards. The session is scheduled at 10:50 AM in Room 451. As a teaser to get ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 8:52 PM

Framework Design Guidelines, 2nd Edition
Those of you who know me know that I am a big proponent of code style and standards. One of the best resources I have found for documenting a clear and thorough set of code standards is the Framework Design Guidelines book by Brad and Krzysztof. The book was recently updated for the new language features in the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 releases. Some of the existing guidelines have been expanded with new annotations and more detail, and new guidance covering such features as extension methods and ......

Posted On Saturday, November 15, 2008 10:41 PM

StyleCop 4.3 SDK
Not too long ago I mentioned that StyleCop 4.3 had been released and that the SDK documentation would be out shortly. The wait is over and the SDK documentation is now available. The documentation covers the following sections: Writing Custom Rules for StyleCop Integrating StyleCop into Build Environments StyleCop API Reference I’m looking forward to finding some time to sit down with the SDK and see what kind of custom rules I can write. Technorati Tags: StyleCop ......

Posted On Saturday, August 30, 2008 12:01 PM

BOF11 - Thanks for attending!
I want to thank everyone who attended my Birds of a Feather session at Tech·Ed 2007. There were about 100 people that showed up and I think we had a good discussion on what code style and standards mean and why they are important. What surprised me the most about the session was the amount of interest. As a result, I will be posting regular blog entries on this topic under the "Code Styles & Standards" category in my blog. I will also be reviewing the past code standards documents I have written ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 11:40 PM

Code Style and Standards: Best Practices?
For those of you who are attending Tech·Ed 2007, be sure to check out my Birds of a Feather session (BOF11) on Code Style and Standards. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 1:00 PM in Room S331 A. As a teaser to get you to attend, we are going to discuss what code style and standards actually mean and why they are important to you as a developer but also to your company. Yes, we will cover some of the "holy wars" regarding "curly brace placement" and "tab size", but also things ......

Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:35 PM

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