Intro to Style Guides (Activity)

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Latest revision as of 18:45, 8 March 2017


Title

The Need for Style Guides

Overview

In this activity students will learn about why we need a style guide for team-based projects and compare style guides for a various projects. Based on this experience, students will develop a style guide for their team.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of basic regular expressions is helpful to understand the checkstyle documentation.

Learning Objectives After successfully completing this activity, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain how a style guide contributes to a team project.
  • Develop a style guide for a project.
Process Skills Practiced


Background

Working by themselves on small projects convinces students that coding style his little relevance. As they begin work on HFOSS projects, they need to begin to build an appreciation for the place of a standardized coding style.

This topic is an opportunity for active debate about coding style, but is also a lesson in the need for accepting standards - even if they are not your preference.

Directions

The following activities should be completed by the student before coming to class:

Ideas for in-class activities:

  • Have students work in their groups to compare their assessment of the checkstyle items. Each group should develop a single style for their work.

(optional) Install checkstyle for your favorite IDE:

(optional) Add checkstyle to your build (ant, maven, etc.)

Deliverables

Ideas for assignments:

Assessment

TBD

ACM Body of Knowledge
Area & Unit(s)

SE - Software Engineering

ACM Topic(s)

SE/Software Process, SE/Tools and Environments,

Level of Difficulty

medium (because of the time required)

Estimated Completion Time

2.5 hours preparing plus one class session

Environment / Materials

Internet access, Java IDE

Author(s)

Ben Coleman

Source
License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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