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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 ...
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Naming conventions for Java classes that have a static main method?

After reading gnat's answer to Why a static main method in Java and C#, rather than a constructor? I take his answer to mean that the purpose of a Java class with a static main method is to define a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) { ...
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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 ...
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Should I use mMember and sStatic naming convention in Android?

Android source code and many Android open-source apps and libs use m prefix for member fields and s prefix for static member fields: private static boolean sStarted; private long mTimestamp; I ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Nomenclature for wildcard vs regex expressions

When I see the term pattern in a description of syntax I infer a regular expression is being specified. Is there a separate term that specifies a wildcard expression? ^foo.*(bar|baz){3} <-- ...
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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 = ...
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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" ...
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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), ...
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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, ...
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Naming classes, methods, functions and variables [duplicate]

There are 3 important naming conventions: with_underscores PascalCased camelCased Other variants are not important because they are not commonly used. For variables it seems that the one with ...
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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 ...
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Naming boolean field that is a verb

In Java, by convention getter and setter for boolean fields will be isField() and setField(). This works perfectly fine with field names that are adjectives like active, visible, closed, etc. But how ...
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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 ...
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If this is camelCase what-is-this? [closed]

The naming convention for a term like doSomething is camel case. What would the naming convention of do-something be called?
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Why does XMLHttpRequest not seem to follow a naming convention?

I've been working with the XMLHttpRequest object in JavaScript recently, and I couldn't help but notice that the casing of this name makes no sense. Why is 'XML' all in caps while 'Http' is not? ...
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Using π, φ, λ etc. as variable names while programming? [duplicate]

This is a function in the d3.v3.js file (the graph library D3.js): function d3_geo_areaRingStart() { var λ00, φ00, λ0, cosφ0, sinφ0; d3_geo_area.point = function(λ, φ) { ...
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Data structure for accessing units of measure

TL;DR - I'm trying to design an optimal data structure to define units within a unit of measure. A Unit of measure is essentially a value (or quantity) associated with a unit. SI Units have seven ...
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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, ...
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What naming Convention to Use for C# Function Parameters

There are situations when a name passed in Parameter will be Cast into a new type, but the name of the Passed object should remain similar. For the case of Class Attributes, we can use this operator, ...
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Naming conventions for instance, local and parameter variables

I was discussing with a senior developper coding conventions to apply to our projects (mainly Java/JEE projects). I disagreed with one convention he proposed: Instance variable names should start ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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> ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Naming interfaces for persistent values

I have 2 distinct types of persistent values that I'm having trouble naming well. They're defined with the following Java-esque structure, borrowing Guava's Optional for the example and using generic ...
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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 ...
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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)) { ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Should I add an “Abstract” prefix to my abstract classes? [closed]

Suppose I have an abstract class named Task. Is there a standard or convention that would suggest I should name it AbstractTask instead?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is there an excuse for short variable names?

This has become a large frustration with the codebase I'm currently working in; many of our variable names are short and undescriptive. I'm the only developer left on the project, and there isn't ...
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Is it bad to use Unicode characters in variable names?

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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How to define a natural id in database?

There are a lot of manuals. I am trying to create an database to hold information of these documents. But, there is a small problem. How can I give meaningful id to the manuals? Are there any ...
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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 ...
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The problems with Avoiding Smurf Naming classes with namespaces

I pulled the term smurf naming from here (number 21). To save anyone not familiar the trouble, Smurf naming is the act of prefixing a bunch of related classes, variables, etc with a common prefix so ...