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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
94 views

How to name a function that makes sure an element exists and returns it?

function getOrInsertEmptyElemById(id){ var elem = $(id) || document.body.insert('<div id="'+id+'"></div>'); return elem; } I find myself using functions like the above quite ...
-2
votes
1answer
73 views

How to concisely name a function that will return the proper value or an empty string if null? [closed]

As you can see from the question title, it's quite a mouthful to get into a method name. The code as it stands is as follows: - (NSString *) formatObjectIfNull:(NSDictionary *)form ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

two types of backend user and admin panels

Backend consists of two parts: implementing website logic (user-facing-backend) implementing admin panel (administration-backend) Is there a name for these parts? I want to create a tickt asking to ...
2
votes
1answer
70 views

How to deal with server-side and client-side naming conventions that clash? [closed]

I have a project that uses the underscore naming convention for the MySQL database and PHP scripts but uses camelCase for the javascript application (a common scenario I'm sure). However, once JSON ...
0
votes
5answers
151 views

Is it bad form to use the same variable name in different scopes?

Say you have some basic code where similar operations will take place in nearby lexical scopes. Take for example some simple pseudo code: variable = "foo" # Do something with variable if (True) { ...
2
votes
3answers
65 views

8085 assembly question. Why flag stacks named d0-d7?

I'm trying to make my C programming exciting by learning assembly programming. I've encountered an image of flag registers in 8085 assembly programming. In that image blocks are named from ...
2
votes
2answers
111 views

Should naming conventions be consistent or not across multiple programming languages in one project? [duplicate]

I saw this question on SO: here; the question is kind of old and not many viewed, so I want to ask it again. I currently work on a project using C++, C# and Actionscript-3, the conventions of C++ and ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Naming Active-Low Outputs [closed]

I'm writing some software for an embedded system. I am trying to think of clear names for my single pin output functions. Normally, when I'm working with active-high outputs (ON = 1, OFF = 0), I am ...
4
votes
1answer
74 views

Should enumerated types by pluralized? [closed]

I'm trying to decide how to name my enums. First I tried plural: private enum Positions { LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN } private Positions pos; // ... public void setPosition(Positions newPosition) { pos = ...
-1
votes
1answer
88 views

A convention for naming an executable that runs without a UI [closed]

I often build executables that are designed to run without a window, just like many of the executables you see in task manager. Some of them are services, others are daemons (e.g. the print spooler), ...
3
votes
2answers
50 views

How to use scala case classes when delegation is needed

Let's assume in our application we want to model cars. We also want to model a car repository where we store some registered cars. How should that be modeled in scala? Here comes my approach: First, ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Naming Question: How to call a class that uses many Adapters ?

I have an application with many Value Objects. In many cases I want a convert from an Entity to a Value Object. Usually I have an Adapter for each scenario for example LanguageEntity to Locale and ...
1
vote
2answers
148 views

Object creation: when should I expose a factory vs wrapping class?

I am having some problems trying to figure out when to use a factory or to wrapper class. This question is slightly geared towards C# I guess, so I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask. Say ...
0
votes
1answer
117 views

Term to describe pre-canned objects for use in testing

I have forgotten the term for a class that provides pre-canned objects for use as test data. e.g. If I'm testing a payment module and I need credit card objects of different types, I might have a ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

How to design method that returns a compact representation of sourcecode

Let's say we have a class that stores some textlike content like sourcecode as a string. We want the class to be able to not only show the sourcecode itself but also a more compact representation. My ...
0
votes
1answer
146 views

What do you call classes that do arbitrary work in your project? [closed]

I work on a lot of projects with different teams. Every project has its own conventions, including what to call arbitrary classes that don't lend themselves to obvious names. As a counter-example, ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

Does a create() method exist as part of a pattern? [closed]

Is there something special(i.e. a design pattern being related) to a method named create()? Background The case is, I often make some instances of objects (of the same class/prototype). These ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

type name for state machine state (as opposed to other state variables)

I need to create a typedef for a state machine state, e.g. enum ToasterStateMachineState { TSM_READY, TSM_TOASTING, TSM_DONE }; But ToasterStateMachineState seems verbose and redundant; is ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Inverse property naming (ORM scenario) [closed]

I have a class that represents a process. In this process there are inputs boxes and output boxes. public class Process { public long ProcessId { get; set; } public virtual List<Box> ...
2
votes
4answers
201 views

Is naming a class based on its implementation acceptable?

Is naming a class according to its implementation an acceptable practice? e.g. SortedSet if the class is maintains a sorted list of unique items or TreeSet if it using a binary search tree structure ...
14
votes
10answers
2k views

Why do we use non-descriptive internal codenames? [closed]

I think using codenames are quite widespread. Our company is using them too. But my main concern is these names are usually not documented anywhere. And the meaning is spread by the word of mouth. ...
1
vote
3answers
139 views

negative boolean expressions and eager boolean OR

I come across these kinds of expressions and I have hard time reading it. How do you read it properly to see if it is the right logic when debugging. if (!(userLoggedIn || isAdmin)) { ...
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Should I put the name of the method I'm testing in the Unit Test method's name/assert message?

Given that a method's name might change in time, is it a good idea to specify the name of the method whose return value I am asserting as a part of the Unit Test method's name? What about the message ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Naming conventions DAL, BAL, and UI Layer [closed]

I am developing a typical Web Application with the following layers UI Layer (MVC) Business Logic Layer (BAL) Data Access Layer (DAL) Each layer has its own DTO object including the BAL and DAL. ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

What are classes that produce a result, but are necessarily classes because of the complexity of the task?

What generic name is given to classes that encapsulate a collection of esoteric functions which together perform some larger cohesive but entirely self-contained task useful to the wider application, ...
1
vote
4answers
318 views

Design pattern name for an API wrapper class

I am writing a class that wraps (the parts of) an external API I am using. Let's take the Github API as an example. My imaginary Github class now has a fetchUser() and fetchRepository() method. When ...
0
votes
3answers
194 views

Is there a programming pattern, design pattern, or naming convention for moving data between related schemas? [closed]

I'm working on a web application that is publicly accessible. (Really) Long story short, we have two sets of tables in the database with relatively the same names and relatively the same data. The ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Naming schema for config files that generated and not for human editing?

Some configuration files have warning: automatically generated, don't edit! I have one that hold build number and VCS tag (Java .properties file). What name pick for such file? Currently I stuck to ...
-1
votes
1answer
76 views

Naming a recursive association entity [closed]

For my current project, I need to create a database table to store a recursive association. I've done a lot of searching and have read answers on questions, such as Naming convention for associative ...
0
votes
1answer
159 views

Should I limit my type name suffix vocabulary when using OOP?

My co-workers tend to think that it is better to limit non-domain type suffixes to a small fixed set of OOP-pattern inspired words, e.g.: *Service *Repository *Factory *Manager *Provider I believe ...
2
votes
1answer
292 views

Naming: StartDate or StartDateTime when working with DateTimes [closed]

I am using a lot of DateTimes in my application. Now I usually name it like StartDateTime, EndDateTime, etc, to imply there is also a time involved. I am getting a bit tired of this (it is tiresome ...
3
votes
1answer
909 views

Naming convention: Final fields (not static)

Today I had a discussion with a co-worker about the naming of final fields in Java classes. In his opionion final fields should also be considered constants since their values won't change after the ...
0
votes
2answers
390 views

Does the pattern of passing in one object instead of many parameters to a constructor have a name?

If you have a constructor that takes a lot of parameters, like this: public OrgUnitsHalRepresentation(List<OrgUnitSummaryHalRepresentation> orgUnitSummaryHalRepresentationList, int count, ...
7
votes
4answers
485 views

“Immutable” interfaces

I am confused about the notion of immutability. Consider the following structure of a simplistic calculator: Here are the interfaces: interface IOperationalInterface { int Sum(int a, int b); } ...
2
votes
3answers
233 views

Multiple classes with the same name, but different namespaces?

I've run into some code (C# if it matters) that has classes which have the same name, but differ in their namespaces. They all tend to represent the same logical thing, but often are different "views" ...
3
votes
1answer
484 views

Why are there so many CSS properties which are essentially the same?

This answer really made me wonder. I've written CSS before and (usually) I don't really bother to support browsers other than recent firefox and chrome, but in researching I've noticed that, for the ...
1
vote
1answer
144 views

Several enum classes that declare constants with the same names

I'm working on a Java library for sorts for Magic: the Gathering. Well, without going into a lot of detail, in the game there are five different colors of magic: white, blue, black, red, and green. ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

Is it a bad practice to give two very different files with the same general purpose the same name?

Is it a bad practice to give two very different files with the same general purpose the same name, separating them into different directories? <script ...
-1
votes
3answers
272 views

What are the bytes between the MSB and LSB named? [closed]

I've searched around and can't find anything on what the middle bytes of a >16-bit integer are called, if anything. Are there standard names for these bytes? E.g. the number 0x0D0C0B0A would have: ...
0
votes
2answers
152 views

function naming: plural form of “if not exists” [closed]

This is a question about function naming. I am writing some code that updates the structure of a database according to a specification. Somewhere in this code I have something like this: void ...
0
votes
2answers
93 views

Should I use check or checked? [closed]

I'm designing a library that binds to html elements on a page. In this particular case the input[type='checkbox'] will be checked if the likeItem property returns true and unchecked if the likeItem ...
2
votes
2answers
447 views

Project based prefix for class names

My project leader uses project based prefixes for class names, lets say projects name ABC, he create User class name as ABCUser. and he says he do this becasuse if he wants to make User.aspx Users get ...
3
votes
3answers
101 views

Is it bad to use the same class or idiom names as in a third-party API that you're using?

FlashPunk is a third-party graphics API for simple game development in AS3, and they take what are effectively sprites or display objects of some sort and refer to them as "Entities". Entity is the ...
4
votes
4answers
340 views

Naming boolean variables: negated or not

A few years ago, I was in a software engineering class and the teacher explained how messages, options, variables, etc. should not be negated to avoid confusion. He gave the example (something like): ...
30
votes
9answers
3k views

How to name a method that both performs a task and returns a boolean as a status?

If there is a method bool DoStuff() { try { // doing stuff... return true; } catch (SomeSpecificException ex) { return false; } } should it rather be called ...
1
vote
1answer
463 views

Naming in Security Protocols: Alice, Bob and Eve

Among computer scientists and programmers, there's the common habit of naming people in the context of security protocols e.g. Alice, Bob or Eve. Descriptions of more elaborate attack vector sometimes ...
20
votes
2answers
2k views

Should one always know what an API is doing just by looking at the code?

Recently I have been developing my own API and with that invested interest in API design I have been keenly interested how I can improve my API design. One aspect that has come up a couple times is ...
0
votes
2answers
190 views

c# naming - What are common conventions for a suffix to distinguish between read-only and writable interfaces [closed]

Assume an interface that allows queries on a spatial tree public ISpatialTree { int FindChildIndex(Vector point); bool IsLeaf { get; } ICollection<ISpatialTree> Children { get; } } ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

Use Generic of Specific Function names for similar objects

Is there a school of thought on putting focus on using generic names for functions, opposed to naming functions based on the things they do? Example Say we have a Bill / Price Sheet object, that has ...
4
votes
2answers
267 views

Should duck typing affect naming conventions?

I'm a C++/C# developer and recently I've started to learn Python. I think I understand the concept of duck typing right now except for one thing. When I'm coding in C++ or C# I sometimes create ...