Code Formatting

Starting with the post-release 3.0 codebase, we are trying to unify the coding style of our source code. All new patches and contributions should strive to follow the same style (See here for good reasons why this is important)

Indentation: Required to be using 4 characters per level, no tabs allowed. Set your editor to insert spaces for tabs.

Comments: Self explanatory code with descriptive naming of methods and variables is preferred over comments. Only use comments if you feel the intent of your code or the algorithm used is not obvious from a casual reading of the code.

A general sample of the preferred style follows below. Follow this template for whitespace around braces, parentheses, operators and control statements.

For Eclipse users there is a Code Formatter template available at opencpn:files:codestyle.xml (Remove the .doc extension)
For [[]]**users there is an uncrustify.cfg available at opencpn:files:beautify.cfg.doc (Remove the .doc extension) FIXME file needs to be found. This is just a placeholder file.

If possible change editor defaults to remove blank at the end of the line. Avoid encoding, whitespace and formatting issues.

CMake Formatting

Having a uniform formatting enhances readability. The main CMakeLists.txt + some (not all) support files has been successfully reformatted using The configuration file (almost pristine) is available as

All in all this has created a much more consistent formatting of the CMake setup files. It might make sense to consider also for a template project

#include <math.h>

class Point {
    Point( double x, double y ) :
            x( x ), y( y )

    double distance( const Point& other ) const;
    int compareX( const Point& other ) const;
    double x;
    double y;

double Point::distance( const Point& other ) const
    double dx = x - other.x;
    double dy = y - other.y;

    return sqrt( dx * dx + dy * dy );

int Point::compareX( const Point& other ) const
    if( x <other.x ) {
        return -1;
    } else
        if( x> other.x ) {
            return 1;
        } else {
            return 0;

namespace FOO {
int foo( int bar ) const
    switch( bar ){
        case 0:
        case 1:
        default: {
            bar += bar;
} // end namespace FOO