Best Coding Practices!

In this blog we are going to have a look at Best Coding Practices!. So let’s dive straight into it.

Being the software developer (aka Coder/Programmer) is not an easy task. You have to think a lot before developing any product (Website/App/Software) to meet the end user’s requirement. To achieve what they need is bit tricky. And, that is what why we get paid!. While trying to meet the end user’s need we might get distracted from making the code base clean and structured.

Following are some of the best coding practices while coding. These are the guidelines that we have to follow. They help us to reach our goal without making our code STRANGE.

1. Google IT!  😇

If you want to build something then just first google it. As the world is so big and there are chances that whatever you are building may be built earlier. And possibilities are that may be open source. So rather starting everything from scratch, you might get some idea or code to start with. Google is your Friend and Philosopher. It knows what you are looking for so give it one try. Also, while development, use google to search for any kind of help you need. I am damn sure it will help you.

2. First Solve Then Code! ✍️

Even when I started coding, I usually used to code first and then think on it. Frankly, That’s a bad way to go. First, you have to solve the problem on paper. I mean to just think on it how we can solve this. The possible ways to achieve the solution. And then figure out what’s the best solution to the given problem. Thinking before coding will definitely decrease your lines of code(LOC).

3. Keep It Simple And Sweet (KISS) 😘

A programmer writes the code that machine understand. And, the best programmer writes the code that everyone understand. To be such programmer you must keep the things simple. Keeping things simple allows to modify part of your code without distracting other part so much. So make sure to keep your design and code simple and sweet.

4. Naming Conventions🐪

I see lots of people not following the naming convention rules. That surely affects the code’s readability and maintainability. As your variable, method and class names does not relate to what you are developing. So understanding of your code is much difficult than starting it fresh again. So do follow one of the naming conventions. I use and suggest to go with the camel-case convention, As its widely being used.

5. Modular Structure👨‍🌾

You can’t build the entire elephant in single go. So just start with the pieces or components and then finally combine them together. Modular code development and structure gives power of separation of concern. It allows you to build the modules separately and independently regardless of inter dependencies. This also avoid the bugs as you have to build the small piece of code, test it and deploy. This also allows to reduces repeated code and reuse the existing code. And, lowering the no of lines of code of the project.

5. Code Reviews / Code Refactor / Pair coding 🧐

Multiple eyes looking at the same problem, come up with different possible solutions. So this can lead you to more accurate and precise solution to the problem. And, thus you can provide the best solution to it. Also pair coding or regular code reviews refactors code style, minimizes bugs count and improves individuals skill set. It also helps to keep the code base clean, updated and minimize the lines of code.

6. Code Comments / Documentation 📖

As said earlier, “Best programmer write the code that people can understand!”. Doing that is not so simple but you can use the comments to tell other people why and what you are doing. This let’s other people to understand the code. Try to keep the documentation of your code to avoid the confusion and logic loss. But good code is its own best documentation. As you are about to comment, ask yourself: “How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?”.

There are some more also. We will discuss those later. Till then keep check other blog posts.

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NodeJs for back end services

What is NodeJs?

First of all, NodeJs is an OpenSource, Cross-platform runtime environment for executing the javascript code. It is ideal for building highly scalable, data-intensive and real-time apps. NodeJs is also referred to as Node. We often use it to build the back-end services like Application Programming Interfaces(APIs). These are the ones which power our client apps like the web app or the mobile app.

Back-end Service With Web / Mobile App

Back-end Service With Web / Mobile App

 

Why NodeJs?

  1. Great for prototyping and agile development
  2. Superfast and highly scalable
  3. Javascript is everywhere
  4. Cleaner and more consistent codebase
  5. Large ecosystems of open source libraries
  6. Modular structure
  7. Easy to write and understand

NodeJs Verses Java+Spring

In fact, at Paypal, they build one of their java and spring based app using node and they found the following results.

NodeJs Verses Java + Spring

NodeJs Verses Java + Spring

 

It is now spreading everywhere due to its features. Due to super fast speed companies like PayPal, Uber, Netflix, Wallmart and many more using it. As a result, its community getting more and more members. It is one of the largest open source community. Because NodeJs works with javascript, a front-end developer can use his/her skills from javascript and became the full-stack developer with it. It will highlight your resume among others. The NodeJs will definitely increase your pay scale.

While working with it we realize that it’s too easy to understand and work with. Its modular structure helped us a lot in maintaining code in the proper way. Hence it also brings us the code reusability. Furthermore, large community brings the common code. Most of the things that you want to build are already been developed or in progress. So you get the references to their code or idea and implement your idea. Most noteworthy, there are so many hosting companies support the NodeJs hosting. Hence, its really easy to deploy a NodeJs app.

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Open Source Software Examples

Open Source Matters?

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is that software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.

Simply it states that you can get, modify and redistribute the code. It means there is no restriction on you to modify the existing code as per your need.

Many of use open source software such as Linux. It’s becoming increasingly clear that price is not the only advantage such software holds. Rather, free and open source software (FOSS) holds numerous other compelling advantages for businesses. Some of them even more valuable than the software’s low price. Let’s discuss one by one.

Security

There is no alternative for superior security to any software. According to that maxim,

 Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

What that means is that the more people who can see and test a set of code, the more likely any flaws will be caught and fixed quickly. It’s essentially the polar opposite of the “security through obscurity” argument used so often to justify the use of expensive proprietary products, in other words. Bugs in open source software also tend to get fixed immediately.

Quality

Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are countless developers and users working to improve the security of open source software, so are there just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.

Customizability

Along similar lines, business users can take a piece of open source software and tweak it to suit their needs. Since the code is open, it’s simply a matter of modifying it to add the functionality they want. Don’t try that with proprietary software!

Freedom

With FOSS, on the other hand, users are in control. To make their own decisions and to do what they want with the software. They also have a worldwide community of developers and users at their disposal for help with that.

Flexibility

Open source software, on the other hand, is typically much less resource-intensive, meaning that you can run it well even on older hardware. It’s up to you–not some vendor–to decide when it’s time to upgrade.

Interoperability

Open source software is much better at adhering to open standards than proprietary software is. If you value interoperability with other businesses, computers, and users, and don’t want to be limited by proprietary data formats, open source software is definitely the way to go.

Auditability

With closed source software, you have nothing but the vendor’s claims telling you that they’re keeping the software secure and adhering to standards, for example. It’s basically a leap of faith. The visibility of the code behind open source software, however, means you can see for yourself and be confident.

Support Options

Open source software is generally free, and so is a world of support through the vibrant communities surrounding each piece of software. Most every Linux distribution, for instance, has an online community with excellent documentation, forums, mailing lists, forges, wikis, newsgroups and even live support chat. There are paid support available on open source packages. They tend to be more responsive as support their way for revenue.

Open Source Software Examples

Open Source Software Examples

As far as our concern, till now we are working with various open source frameworks like Joomla, NodeJs, OpenCart, PythonClipBucket, LogicInvoice, Android, Ionic and much more. Cost, efforts, easy customization, and support are some of the reasons behind it. Thus we really happy to say that open source helped us lot as a business. We appreciate the FOSS and promotes it. So as per our understanding, Open Source Matters a lot. Be the part of at least one FOSS project and contribute back to the community you belongs too.

web development strategy

Keys of web development

It is crucial that your website ranks top in search engine results i.e. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the key to get website visitors because sometimes customer don’t know your company but he knows what type of service/product he wants. Achieving the top rank in Search engines attracts the customer & creates an assurance in the customer’s mind.

Once he opens the web link you must give him a strong reason to stay there & browse your services. Which needs creative graphic Design & Simplified but well-organized content which provides easy navigation. Also, the website should be lightweight so that the user can browse faster.

Don’t forget to put existing customer’s testimonials this creates a feeling of reliability in the customer’s mind. For this try to select the customer who is well known in society.