2.11.1. Code formatting

Formatting of code is deep in the tools layer, but can often be a great source of discussion and frustration that can lead to decreased productivity – and therefore important for establishing actual business value. Focus on a common team standard, and then look at the tooling available to make transitions for team members. As with most conventions and standards consistency is essential. Less friction will ease adoption.

Habitat Example

Habitat uses two spaces for indentation along with a whole series of conventions, for example for brackets and syntax. Code indentation is specified in the .editorconfig file in the solution root. The editorconfig extension for Visual Studio will read the file when the solution is loaded and configure the editor for this formatting.

Habitat also uses ReSharper for easy code formatting and has an associated .DotSettings file that defines the chosen conventions.