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We use the dotnet-format tool to format our C# code. Run it as follows:

dotnet format

However, since it’s fairly rudimentary we also follow some additional code styling guidelines.

We try to follow C# community standards (with a few exceptions). Review the following articles for a general overview.


Private fields

Private fields should be camelCased and prefixed with _.


private readonly IUserService _userService;

See the following article on how to configure Visual Studio code generation shortcuts to assist with this naming convention:

Public properties

  • Properties should be PascalCased and not have a prefix
  • Properties should be spelled out and not use abbreviations or rely on brevity, e.g. "OrganizationConfiguration" (good) vs. "OrgConfig" (bad)
  • Properties should include blank line between the group of properties and the methods below


  • We use spaces (not tabs) for all code-files, including C#. Indentations should be a standard 4 spaces.
  • Code files should end with a newline after the final }
  • Blank lines should separate each group of code composition types (fields, constructors, properties, public methods, private methods, sub-classes)


  • Multiple constructors should be separated by a newline (empty line between)
  • Constructors with multiple arguments should have arguments should be included 1 per line
  • Empty constructors, when necessary, should be all 1-line, i.e., public ClassName() { }

Control Blocks

  • Control blocks should always use curly braces (even 1-line braces)
  • using and foreach blocks should declare contextual variables with var
  • Always include a space after the control keyword and the ()


Long conditionals should use trailing operators when separated across multiple lines.

// Good example
if (someBooleanExpression &&
someVariable != null &&

// Bad examples (don't do)
if (someBooleanExpression
&& someVariable != null
&& someVariable.IsTrue)
// Too long, separate
if (someBooleanExpression && someVariable != null && someVariable.IsTrue)