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  • Always use four blanks to indent. NEVER use TABs.
  • Fold long lines like this:
    Code Block
         return (
             this.getClassName()
             + '$'
             + ++this.localClassCount
             + '$'
             + localTypeName
         );
    
  • Long lines of code are not a shame if they are properly folded and thus perfectly readable.
  • If a piece of code is used only once, don't put it in a method.
  • If a piece of code is used more than once, put it in a method.
  • Prefer simple techniques over elegant, but complicated ones. E.g. don't define complex type hierarchies if a simple alternative exists.
  • Don't comment the obvious.
  • Comment everything that is not obvious. E.g., comment briefly what the following ten complex lines of code do. Write useful JAVADOC for every public class and member.
  • Don't make changes unless there is a good reason. E.g. don't reformat portions of code. Keep in mind that someone someday has to merge this code.

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