About this guide

This guide is an (informal) style guide for CSE 154 contains a list of rules we expect you to follow when writing code.

Disclaimer: Please note this guide may not be fully complete. We've done our best to be as comprehensive as possible, but it's always possible we may have missed a rule somewhere.

Table of Contents

Why care about style?

We care about writing clean code and following conventions because it makes collaborating easier, reduces the chances of bugs, and because it prepares you for industry, where you are expected to produce clean code.

Understanding style

Good style is not about memorizing a list of rules. Instead, focus on understanding the core principles of clean code: focus on writing code that is readable, concise, modular, and efficient. If you understand these principles, you can independently predict and derive nearly every rule in this guide.


  • October 2, 2017
    • Removed property ordering rule.
  • April 10, 2017
    • Add CSE 154 Style Guide!