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Questions tagged [naming]

Give meaning and explanation with the fewest number of characters in a form that is most accepted by your team or community at large.

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“My stuff” vs. “Your stuff” in UI texts

When refering to a users stuff should you use My or Your, for example: My Cart | My Account | My Wishlist Or Your Cart | Your Account | Your Wishlist I found this article that argues for the ...
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What is a single word I can use to describe a non-query SQL statement? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a good name for a data access object that executes non-query SQL statements. I know DML is a valid term, but I wanted to make sure it is the best. Right now we have ...
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How to ensure quality of code? [closed]

I have been learning programming in C# for about a year and a half now. How should I ensure that the code that I am writing and the habits are forming are good ones? ie. I don't want to end up having ...
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Are short abbreviated method/function names that don't use full words bad practice or a matter of style? [duplicate]

Is there nowadays any case for brevity over clarity with method names? Tonight I came across the Python method repr() which seems like a bad name for a method to me. It's not an English word. It ...
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Pure virtual or abstract, what's in a name?

While discussing a question about virtual functions on Stack Overflow, I wondered whether there was any official naming for pure (abstract) and non-pure virtual functions. I always relied on ...
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Why do they name a program “mogrify” in Imagemagick? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Is there some trick in this name? What does it mean or imply? PS. I don't know whether this is the right SE site to post this question but if it is not could you ...
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Stored procedure Naming conventions? [closed]

One of our senior developers has stated that we should be using a naming convention for stored procedures with an "objectVerb" style of naming such as ("MemberGetById") instead of a "verbObject" type ...
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What do you call a customer's customer in a specification document, use case, or scenario?

My team and I develop software that our customers will use to interact with their customers. Additionally, we also eat our own dogfood and use the software ourselves to interact with our customers. ...
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Good abbreviations for XML … things

I've never been very good at maintaining a coherent bunch of variable names for interfacing with XML files because I never name the variables in my interfaces the same way across my source. There are ...
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What to do if I hate C++ header files?

I was always confused about header files. They are so strange: you include .h file which doesn't include .cpp but .cpp are somehow compiled too. Recently I joined a team project, and of course, ...
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Test descriptions/name, say what the test is? or what it means when it fails? [closed]

The API docs for Test::More::ok is ok($got eq $expected, $test_name); right now in one of my apps I have $test_name print what the test is testing. So for example in one of my tests I have set this ...
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Naming conventions for variables [closed]

When programming, what naming conventions do you use for your variables? I don't mean when the name of the variable should be obvious; ie. sum, total, first, last. But when you name variables that don'...
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What do you do when your naming convention clashes with your language?

Okay, this is one of those little things that always bugged me. I typically don't abbreviate identifiers, and the only time I use a short identifier (e.g., i) is for a tight loop. So it irritates me ...
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Should APIs be in en_US or en_GB or both? [closed]

Should I write APIs in US spelling or British spelling? Or should I provide with mapping both of them to a single one and internally using anyone which I like so that both of them works ? At present ...
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Why are PHP function signatures so inconsistent? [closed]

I was going through some PHP functions and I could not help notice the following: <?php function foo(&$var) { } foo($a); // $a is "created" and assigned to null $b = array(); foo($b['b']); ...
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Java abstract class naming

Example: You create an abstract class for Ajax actions. Different Ajax actions will all extend this class. Problem: Do you name the class AjaxAction or AbstractAjaxAction? When you create ...
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Merits of Namepsaces/Packages

Some programming languages (e.g. Java and C++) have language features called "packages" or "namespaces". How useful is it really to have namespaces? It is possible to mark functions and classes as ...
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Naming conventions: camelCase versus underscore_case ? what are your thoughts about it? [closed]

I've been using underscore_case for about 2 years and I recently switched to camelCase because of the new job (been using the later one for about 2 months and I still think underscore_case is better ...
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Begin and Finish or Pre and Post in async call pair?

In an async call pair you would rather have a BeginDoSomething & FinishDoSomething or PreDoingSomething & PostDoingSomething pair? Cheers
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Is the Java package name convention flawed? [closed]

We're all familiar with the Java package name convention of turning the domain name around. I.e. www.evilcorp.com would, by convention, chose to have their java packages com.evilcorp.stuff. ...
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Are my method or variable names too long? [closed]

So I was currently in the middle of coding, unfortunately for me, I was in "The Zone" then I thought to myself, are my method/variable names to long? POP out of the Zone I go! So I came here to ...
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Best place to put classes that extend the .net framework?

I have no clue where to put the following class and I've noticed I just keep putting them in a helpers folder which isn't much helpfull towards reusability in future projects. Example: I want to ...
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Is it bad to use Unicode characters in variable names? [closed]

I recently tried to implement a ranking algorithm, AllegSkill, to Python 3. Here's what the maths looks like: No, really. This is then what I wrote: t = (µw-µl)/c # those are used in e = ...
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async & await - poll for alternatives [closed]

Now that we know what is in store for c#5, there is apparently still an opening for us to influence the choice of the two new keywords for 'Asynchrony' that were announced by Anders Heijsberg ...
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What do you name functions/variables/etc when you can't think of a good name? [closed]

When you are defining a function/variable/etc and are not sure what to name it, what do you name it? How do you come up with a name? If you use a temporary name as a place-card until you give it it's ...
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How would you name import and export functions in Java? [closed]

I have a Java class that handles import and export of data. It started out as a simple private void export() { } private void import() { } Of course, I wrote the export first, committed it, and then ...
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What naming conventions do you use for php classes? [closed]

I really like using ClassNames and memberNames as convention but I am not sure how I would name the file containing a class. I like making my classes defined in a file with the exact same name as the ...
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“A”, “an”, and “the” in method and function names: What's your take? [closed]

I'm sure many of us have seen method names like this at one point or another: UploadTheFileToTheServerPlease CreateATemporaryFile WriteTheRecordToTheDatabase ResetTheSystemClock That is, method ...
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Should I bother with trying to come up with names for these? [closed]

If you were to run across code like this in your travels would the short names bother you? let setPropertyAssignment = parser { let! a = setIdentifierName let! b = propertyName ...
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What “version naming convention” do you use? [closed]

Are different version naming conventions suited to different projects? What do you use and why? Personally, I prefer a build number in hexadecimal (e.g 11BCF), this should be incremented very ...
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How do you name your private variables in C#? [closed]

What is the best practice, most commonly accepted naming conventions for private variables in C#? private int myInteger; private int MyInteger; private int mMyInteger; private int _myInteger; private ...