"Coding standards define a standard for the look and feel of
your code. This is helpful to most projects, and to some it is a
necessity. Especially in open source projects."
"The goal of this and the following articles is to show how
coding standards will improve a development project. We use the C++
coding standard of eZ systems as an example of such a
standard, but the concepts mentioned here are valid for and
can be applied to many programming languages. We also use it for
PHP development, wherever applicable."
"A coding standard is a set of rules describing how your code
should look, which features of the programming language you will
use and how, and possibly which tools should be used to write the
code. It can of course be as specific as you want it to be."