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Formating your class header…

September 12, 2009terence

This is more of a note to self about how to format a C++ header file based on what I think is important:

class MyClass



<Public defined enums and constants>


<Public variables OR Get/Set functions. Public variables are frowned upon anyways>


<Public defined interfaces and constructors


<Private variables>


<Private functions>


The basic rules of thumb are:

  • Public interfaces are on top because that is the first thing programmers reading your code want to know without scrolling down through the rest of the file.
  • Protected interfaces follow
  • Private interfaces are last (and often don’t change)
  • Be consistent
  • Use white spaces
  • Split up constants, variables and interfaces with seperate “public/protected/privates”s

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