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GDK for Unreal C++ coding standards

In general, we follow the Coding Standard (Unreal documentation) set out by Epic. This page highlights some additions to Epic’s guidelines.

  • Avoid assignments in if statements unless the variable is declared in the statement.

    It’s good practice to limit the lifetime of a variable using the scope. For instance if a variable is only used within an if statement, then its lifetime is cleanly managed using the following approach:

    if (APawn* Pawn = Cast<APawn>(Actor))
        //do something with the Pawn variable

    This is safe as the compiler will generate a C2143 compiler error if a comparison is accidently added:

    if (APawn* Pawn == Cast<APawn>(Actor))
        // will generate a C2143

    However, if the variable is declared earlier in the outside scope and cannot be contained within the scope of the statement, then we should avoid using assignments in the statement:

    For example, prefer:

    APawn* Pawn = Cast<APawn>(Actor);
    if (Pawn != nullptr)
        //do something with the Pawn variable


    APawn* Pawn;
    if(Pawn = Cast<APawn>(Actor)) //NOOOO
  • Wrap native C++ classes/structs in the improbable namespace For any object that is not tagged with USTRUCT or UCLASS, we should use the namespace improbable to avoid name collision. The classes that are wrapped in namespaces should not use the U,F or A prefixes to make it easy to distiguish these from the Unreal classes.

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