Coding Style and API Design

Once in a while, there are really interesting blogs, presentations and reports about how to do things right as software developer. This is a quick list of links about API design and coding style:

  1. Designing Qt-Style C++ APIs (Qt4), by Matthias Ettrich, 2005
  2. API Design Principles, extended version of (1), Qt Developer Network (Nokia)
  3. The Little Manual of API Design, an in-depth summary of (1) and (2), Jasmin Blanchette, 2008 (Nokia)
  4. Developing Quality Libraries, presentation of (1)-(3) on the Desktop Summit in Gran Canaria, Oliver Goffart, 2009
  5. How to Design a Good API and Why It Matters, Joshua Bloch, 2007 (Google)
  6. Qt Coding Style, good coding style not limited to Qt, Qt Developer Network (Nokia)
  7. Guidelines for KDE Development, similar to e.g. (6), KDE Techbase
  8. Hall of API Shame: Boolean Trap, Ariya Hidayat, 2011

Thanks to all the authors for sharing & happy reading! Updates

After adding the new design to the Kate homepage, I got some feedback about broken fonts and other stuff. Most should be fixed now, e.g. the “The Team” page now looks kind of okay again.

In addition, we now have some nice feed display with the latest commits and overall a bit cleanup page. For mobile devices, like my Android phone, we now have WPtouch installed, which provides some rather nice layout for small screens (but allows easy switch back to normal layout, too).

If you have any additional comments, what could be changed, just write me a comment or a mail.