How many times did you worked with a codebase which you did not write?
How many times you was working on a codebase and a new hired developer did not able to work on the same codebase with you?! (and you’ve got that comment “who’s the hell did wrote that code?! and it was you…it’s very annoying situation”)

Writing a nice readable clean code has no manual which you can follow. It’s just best practices and guidelines and here’s some points i’ve faced while my career path which may help.

Functions and procedures:
Function names should be descriptive as you can understand what it’s doing even by reading its name. Function name should not be long and it’s preferred to start by a verb. For example using the following function is a bad practice “check_valid_membership_data_for_user” you may use such name “validate_membership“.

If you’re working with classes do not use the class name within your functions names (function for sure it belong the its class so no need to replicate such info).
For example if you have a “User” class creating a function with the following name is a bad experience “get_user_payments” but the best name for such function is “get_payments” as you’ll user it as follows within your code “$user->get_payments“.

Camel-case or underscored! yeah it’s one of the annoying experiences to have camel-case underscored mixed code. If you’re working within a team you’ve to agree on which type of naming conventions you need to work with. I’ve face such case lately while working with Peter. He suggested using underscores while naming our method and variables. At the first I saw that it’s useless to do so (as I love the came-cased methods). After some point of time I was reading a class which we’ve applied such convention and then compared it with and old version of code. I smiled and said yup you was right Peter(he won the land this time :D).

Naming convention for variables and properties:
Well, who doesn’t use variable in his code, the answer is no one but who is writing non-readable or even understandable variable names, then the answer is everyone. When you ask a developer why you did so he’ll surly say “Man I got stuck with a new release and had a very long backlog how come to care about a useless variable name. That may consume lot of time” (actually I was one of those fools who do so). BTW it’s not useless to care about variable names and yup it deserves to invest a minute to think about a descriptive name. I’ve read some old articles that agreed if you’re working as an individual or a freelance developer it’s useless to care about naming conventions. I can see that it’s wrong. If you look back to see your old code you’ve written 2 months ago you’ll never remember why the hell you’ve wrote such variable name. So it deserves taking a minute to think about it.
Managing dependencies:
One of the most things that annoys me is working with lost of dependencies within a project without having a dependency manager that handles such annoying tasks of updating and getting the chain of dependencies. For example: using bootstrap within your frontend code. If you’ve downloaded bootstrap manually you’ll end up downloading jquery too. And the later boostrap versions cares about the minimum version of bootstrap. And here we go, we’ve to get the proper jquery version. That was a simple example. If you’re working with a complicated dependency that have a long chain of other dependencies this will be very annoying to care about each version. Using dependency managers like bower (in frontend) and composer (for backend) will help you to have free nightmares sleep.

Loops and control structures:
loops, if statements and loops and even more if statements, ugf I cannot read such code, whose the asshole who wrote that shittttttt!. Lots of us faced such problem when reading not well written code. Using loops and control structures is a mixed blessing. And to avoid being an asshole. You have to care not to have lots and lots of nested loops and control flow items within your code. Suppose having such code

			case 1:

This is bad experience to have such code. Having 3 nested indentations is enough to have a readable code. So please do not write that shitty eye-bleeding code that have lots and lots of nested blocks.

The previous notes are not rules that have to be followed when writing code, they’re just best practices i’ve came up with. You build up better rules for better code. Just set your own rules and follow them.


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