Robomongo Code Quality

Gökhan Simsek edited this page Oct 31, 2016 · 15 revisions


1. Code Checks/Actions Before Commit

Note: The following guidelines are extracted from various sources (see "References" for all list) mainly from "C++ Core Guidelines by Bjarne Stroustrup, Herb Sutter, July 28, 2016" based on Robomongo project's needs and code structure.


  • Keep things private as much as possible. (member variables, functions etc..)
  • Use "const" a lot. Try to refactor "non-const" to "const" where possible (variables, functions, anything possible..)
  • Always try to initialize a variable with default value. (built-in type variables (i.e. int, int*) may/will have garbage values when un-initialized which might result with insidious bugs)
  • Make sure member variables are all initialized (uninitialized variables may have undefined values)

Resource Management

  • Use C++11 smart pointers (unique, shared, weak) instead of explicit(naked) new and delete.
  • Avoid using explicit (naked, non-RAII) new and delete. (strong memory leak candidate)
  • If "new & delete" must be used, wrap in ctor and dtor for automatic clean up (RAII).
  • Keep using raw pointers (T*) for non-owning purposes.
  • Do not use smart pointers(owning ptrs) for the purpose of raw(non-owning) pointers (T*).


  • Share the copy of object across threads. Avoid passing pointer or reference to an object (local variable, class member.. any thread object) across different threads.



C++ Core Guidelines by Bjarne Stroustrup, Herb Sutter, July 28, 2016

Scott Meyer's guideline-based books on C++ (

  • Effective Modern C++, Scott Meyers, 2014
  • Effective C++, Third Edition, 2005
  • Effective STL, 2001
  • More Effective C++, 1996

C++ Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices Nov 4, 2004
by Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu


2. Static Code Analysis Tools

Spell Checker

  • We use spell checking for all text (user/programmer visible texts and comments).
  • Following tool does a pretty good job to ensure this: Visual Studio Spell Checker


  • Add tool similar to "PC Lint" ...
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