Do the words to, as and get have any special meaning when used in method names?
as is often used to denote that the method casts the item from one type to another, without creating a new object.
to often indicates that the method creates a new representation of the value as a new object of a different type.
get, along with
set in Java EE has a special meaning as getters and setters, which are simply access and modify methods respectively to a private field. However, there does sometimes exist the convention in a wider sense of
get indicating an existing value is returned and
create indicates a new value is created.
And then there are many many situations where none of the above applies and
as is used to create new objects,
to just does a cast,
get creates something etc.
get in the Java EE context, the answer to "do the words to, as and get have any special meaning when used in method names?", the answer is "sometimes".