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General Rules

Please follow the CoCoALib coding standards unless noted otherwise.

GPL notice

Please use the following GPL notice for all your files:

// This file is part of the source of ApCoCoALib, the ApCoCoA Library.
// visit http://apcocoa.org/ for more information regarding ApCoCoA
// and ApCoCoALib.
// visit http://www.apcocoa.org/wiki/ApCoCoA:KnownIssues for bugs, problems 
// and known issues.
// ApCoCoALib is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
// it under the terms of the GNU General Public License (version 2)
// as published by the Free Software Foundation. A copy of the full
// licence may be found in the file COPYING in this directory.
// ApCoCoALib is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
// but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
// GNU General Public License for more details.
// You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
// along with ApCoCoA; if not, write to the Free Software
// Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

Namespace issues

Do not use "using" to automatically embedd namespaces, including std or CoCoA. Include your code into the following namespace structure:

namespace ApCoCoA{
 namespace AlgebraicCore{}
 namespace NumericCore{}
 namespace AlgebraicAlgorithms{}
 namespace NumericAlgorithms{}
 namespace HybridAlgorithms{}

Still, use ApCoCoA::*; and use CoCoA; may not produce any conflicts, so please name your classes, enums and functions correspondingly.

For bigger sets of functions, e.g. to implement one more complex algorithm, using help classes, typedefs etc. create a corresponding sub namespace. e.g.

namespace ApCoCoA{
 namespace NumericAlgorithms{
   void GBasisOfPoints(); // the function/ a wrapper starting the algorithm.
   namespace ABM{
     // functions / classes / typedefs for the algorithm.

Thereby, there must be a function in ApCoCoA::NumericalAlgorithms, calling the implemented algorithm. The names in the subnamespace may, but should not produce conflicts, if they are used together with the other, above mentioned namespaces.

Directory Structure

the include directory


the include directory contains three headers, algebraical_library.h, including all top-level headers, offering algebraical methods, the numerical_library.h including all top-level methods which are not purely algebraical. So hybrid methods should be also in numerical. library.h includes all top-level methods.

The files, numerical_library.h is referring to must be in include/numerical. the files of algebraic_library.h therefore in include/algebraical. Header files defining internal structures, which are not top-level methods (e.g. help functions and classes, internal typedefs and so on) should be in a corresponding sub-directory. E.g. the matrix class for ABM ABM::DoubleDenseMatrix is in the subdirectory ABM. A rule of thumb: the directory structure is very close to the namespace, excluding a distingtion between core and algorithms!

the source directory

Analog to the header organisation, the source is split into numerical and algebraical. The files containing pure algebraic code should be in algebraical, everything else in numerical. Code which is grouped in a sub-namespace (e.g. ABM) should be in a corresponding directory. The .C-file containing the main functions (see namespace issues) which are not in the corresponding sub-namespace should also be in the subdirectory (e.g. ABM.H is in ApCoCoA/numerical/ but ABM.C is in ApCoCoA/numerical/ABM/ ). A rule of thumb: the directory structure is very close to the namespace, excluding the distingution between core and algorithms!

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