Changes between Version 3 and Version 4 of StudentTips

2010-10-07T14:30:27Z (14 years ago)
Jakub Jermář

Add some tips on implementation.


  • StudentTips

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    1111  * Getting the thesis into a good shape (grammatically, stylistically and visually) can take as much as half of the entire time you reserved for working on the text of the thesis. People don't usually believe this advice or don't take it seriously enough, but then all of them are found to have a very eventful and exciting submission week and the end result is not as good as it might have been if more time was spent on editing the thesis.
    1212  * Most of the time, there will be people willing to proof-read your thesis, so plan ahead to allow enough time for these proof-readers to do you this favor and also to incorporate their suggestions.
     14== Implementation ==
     15  * Stick to the HelenOS coding style.
     16  * Adhere to good coding practices, such as adequate commenting, avoiding dense code, using horizontal spacing as visual delimiter and keeping the block nesting level under control.
     17  * Self-contained code is good, but avoid poorly integrated code. Poorly integrated code is pointlessly concentrated in one subdirectory of the source tree. For example, putting new generic ADT's and IPC primitives under the networking directory is a sign of poorly integrated code.
     18  * As with the text of your thesis, similar citation rules should apply in your code. When using third party code, always give credit where the credit is due, always follow the license of the third party code. It would be kind of embarrassing to discover portions of e.g. Linux header file in code which you advertise as yours.
     19  * Be open-minded. If you are designing a new subsystem or some sort of interface for HelenOS, it may be convenient to do it exactly how it is done in e.g. Linux. Please don't do that, especially not if the only reason would be because Linux does it that way. Remember that cloning a legacy system is not our goal. When evaluating approaches to a problem in other operating systems, use critical thinking and try to find problems of and ways to improve their solutions.