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Coding style

This page describes the common coding style of programs written in Pen.


Use 2 space characters for indentation.

Foo = \(x number) number {
  if x == 0 {
  } else {

Naming convention

Naming is important to keep codes consistent. The language currently has the following naming conventions.

Kind Case style Examples
Variables Camel case fooBar, FooBar, i, x
Functions Camel case fooBar, FooBar, f, g
Types Camel case fooBar, FooBar
Modules Camel case fooBar, FooBar
Module directories Camel case fooBar, FooBar
Packages Upper camel case FooBar

Global and local names

You should use descriptive names for global functions and types. But, on the other hand, you are encouraged to use abbreviated names for local variables as long as that doesn't incur ambiguity. For example, you might use the following abbreviated names:

  • i for index
  • c for requestCount
  • sys for system
  • ctx for context


Acronyms are treated as single words.

  • Cpu
  • Ast