Recommendation 1: Optimize code only if you know that you have a performance problem. Think twice before you begin.

Recommendation 2: Eliminate all warnings generated by the compiler.

Recommendation 3: An include file should not contain more than one class declaration.

Recommendation 4: Place machine-dependent code in a special file so that it may be easily located when porting code from one machine to another.

Recommendation 5: Always give a file a name that is unique in as large a context as possible.

Recommendation 6: An include file for a class should have a file name of the form <class name> + .hh. Use all lowercase letters.

Recommendation 7: Use the directive #include "filename.hh" for user-prepared include files.

Recommendation 8: Use the directive #include <filename.hh> for include files from system libraries.

Recommendation 9: Choose names that suggest the usage. Don't give generic names to variables.

Recommendation 10: Encapsulate global variables and constants, enumerated types, and typedefs in a class.

Recommendation 11: Always provide the return type of a function explicitly on a separate line, together with template or inline specifiers.

Recommendation 12: When declaring functions, the leading parenthesis and the first argument (if any) are to be written on the same line as the function name. If space permits, other arguments and the closing parenthesis may also be written on the same line as the function name. Otherwise, each additional argument is to be written on a separate line (with the closing parenthesis directly after the last argument).

Recommendation 13: Always write the left parenthesis directly after a function name (no blanks). Use 'astyle --style=allman -c -n' for autoformatting your code.

Recommendation 14: Braces ("{ }") which enclose a block are to be placed in the same column as the outer block, on separate lines directly before and after the block. Use indentation of four spaces and don't use tab stops. Use 'astyle --style=allman -c -n' for autoformatting your code.

Recommendation 15: The reference operator * and the address-of operator & should be directly connected with the type names in declarations and definitions. Use 'astyle --style=allman -c -n' for autoformatting your code.

Recommendation 16: Do not use spaces around . or ->, nor between unary operators and operands. Use 'astyle --style=allman -c -n' for autoformatting your code. Got it? ;-)

Recommendation 17: An assignment operator should return a const reference.

Recommendation 18: Use references instead of pointers whenever possible.

Recommendation 19: Use constant references (const &) instead of call-by-value, unless using a pre-defined data type or a pointer.

Recommendation 20: Avoid long and complex functions.

Recommendation 21: Avoid pointers to functions.

Recommendation 22: Pointers to pointers should be avoided whenever possible.

Recommendation 23: Use a typedef to simplify program syntax when declaring function pointers.

Recommendation 24: Always use unsigned for variables which cannot reasonably have negative values.

Recommendation 25: Always use inclusive lower limits and exclusive upper limits.

Recommendation 26: Avoid the use of continue.

Recommendation 27: Do not write logical expressions of the type if(test) or if(!test) when test is a pointer.

Recommendation 28: Use parentheses to clarify the order of evaluation for operators in expressions.

Recommendation 29: Do not allocate memory and expect that someone else will deallocate it later.

Recommendation 30: Always assign NULL to a pointer after deallocating memory.

Recommendation 31: Check the return codes from library functions even if these functions seem foolproof.

Recommendation 32: If possible, always use initialization instead of assignment. To declare a variable that has been initialized in another file, the keyword extern is always used.

Recommendation 33: Avoid implicit type conversions (casts).

Recommendation 34: Use all flavors of const as often as possible.

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