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DevX: Maintain Better Coding Standards with Ease Using Checkstyle

Mar 31, 2006, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Writing consistently clear, high quality, maintainable code is an art that requires a certain amount of discipline at the best of times. Coding standards lay out rules and recommendations about the way code should be written and also enshrine good coding habits. Recently, coding standards have enjoyed renewed importance and visibility in software development, as they have been promoted as a key best practice of agile development.

"Checkstyle is an open-source tool that can help enforce coding standards and best practices. It can be used as a standalone tool to generate reports on overall code quality, and can also be incorporated into the developer's work environment, providing real-time visual feedback about the code being written..."

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