Click here to Skip to main content
15,796,025 members
Articles / Programming Languages / C#

Code Style & Readability

Rate me:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
4.23/5 (14 votes)
24 May 2022CPOL8 min read 14.2K   5  
Reasonings behind code-styles and why we shouldn't be using "auto-formatters" all of the time
Lately, I see an excessive use of code-formatting tools. The basic argument is that if the code follows a strict standard, it is easier to read. Yet, what is easier to read for a computer is not necessarily easier to read for humans, and this article will present situations where understanding the code style is more important than just following a "simple recipe" that can make things really weird.


Daily Counts


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Written By
Software Developer (Senior) Microsoft
United States United States
I started to program computers when I was 11 years old, as a hobbyist, programming in AMOS Basic and Blitz Basic for Amiga.
At 12 I had my first try with assembler, but it was too difficult at the time. Then, in the same year, I learned C and, after learning C, I was finally able to learn assembler (for Motorola 680x0).
Not sure, but probably between 12 and 13, I started to learn C++. I always programmed "in an object oriented way", but using function pointers instead of virtual methods.

At 15 I started to learn Pascal at school and to use Delphi. At 16 I started my first internship (using Delphi). At 18 I started to work professionally using C++ and since then I've developed my programming skills as a professional developer in C++ and C#, generally creating libraries that help other developers do their work easier, faster and with less errors.

Want more info or simply want to contact me?
Take a look at:
Or e-mail me at:

Codeproject MVP 2012, 2015 & 2016
Microsoft MVP 2013-2014 (in October 2014 I started working at Microsoft, so I can't be a Microsoft MVP anymore).

Comments and Discussions