Yesterday, I posted about simple coding conventions. Following good coding conventions is like keeping your car keys in the same place everyday. If you always keep them in the same place, you as well as other's in your house will be able to find them easily. However, if you keep them in some random place, everyone is going to have a hrd time finding them, resulting in unproductive time. Staying with the car analogy, imagine what would happen if different cars had their brake pedal in different places. The reason why we are easily able to drive different cars with ease is because we where to find the things we need to drive the car.
It's important that you follow some coding convention. It could be a homegrown convention for your company. It's ok, but, other people may have a hard time understanding your code. Not just other people, but your own developers who have recently come from other companies will also have to learn your coding conventions. To elliminate such problems, it is best to follow a standard set of coding conventions that everyone follows.
Here's a link to the a document published by Sun for Java coding conventions.
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