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Human names in programming examples [duplicate]

In small programming examples, it is established that one will probably use foo, bar, and/or baz as variable/function names. Are there accepted human names one can use? For example, if a program is ...
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negative boolean expressions and eager boolean OR [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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

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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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, ...
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“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); } ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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Project based prefix for class names [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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Naming boolean variables: negated or not [closed]

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): ...
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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 ...
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Naming in Security Protocols: Alice, Bob and Eve [closed]

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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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 ...
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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; } } ...
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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 ...
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How to name filename parameter to make clear it should contain full path? [closed]

I'm seeking vital naming of string filename parameter in parameter list used in various methods where filename with full path is expected. In many cases also UNC path can be actually supplied as full ...
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Naming convention for classes that represents different versions of the same thing [closed]

Let's imagine I have an abstract class named ProtocolA that represents the basic operations to work with the protocol A. Such protocol is in version 1, but new revisions are expected in the future. ...
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Method naming advice required [closed]

My question will be about how do you think it would be fit to name some methods in a fluent interface. Let me try to demonstrate the problem. Consider this relation tree: A person can have dogs ...
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JSON - Ruby objects key naming [closed]

Ruby object has method/property: def tentakles_count 8 end JavaScript object has key/property: { justEnough: true } Now, when JavaScript gets serialised ruby object via XHR or WebSocket, ...
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What's in a name? Revision vs Timestamp [closed]

Apparently naming things is one of the hardest things in programming..! I have a synchronisation implementation which uses timestamps (number of seconds since unix epoch) to sync. Currently, the ...
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Should I always use “is” as prefix for boolean variables? [closed]

Should I always use is as prefix for boolean variables? What about booleans that indicate something in past? Should I write isInitialized or wasInitialized? Should I write for properties IsManyMembers ...
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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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Extension method naming convention [closed]

We are using some utility methods in our company to simplify programming. So we have following string extension: public static bool IsNoE(this string s) { return string.IsNullOrEmpty(s); } ...
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How to make it obvious that a function is being accessed from the outside?

This is a C specific question. I am trying to keep everything possible inside the translation unit boundaries, exposing only a few functions through the .h file. That is, I am giving static linkage to ...
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Names for generic classes - how to avoid naming them just “object”? Use synonyms?

When programming, I often end up naming some generic class (think of an abstract base class for stuff you manage in your project) something like FooObject, FooComponent or FooItem (where Foo is an ...
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Naming of type parameters in java [closed]

We all know that it is good to use descriptive identifier names. However, the convention in java is to use a single letter for a type parameter identifier. The default most people go to is T, but if ...
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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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Summary of C# naming conventions (official Microsoft conventions) [duplicate]

I am struggling with naming convetions in C# I do not know when to use PascalCase or camelCase. I have read Microsoft's naming convention, but I got lost ther ...
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How to name arrays or list when the nouns are both singular and plural? [closed]

Generally variables are named in the singular Car car; and arrays and list with the pluras: List<Car> cars; or Car[] cars; But what about nouns like fish or media* that are already plural? ...
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Why are “class” variables misspelled? [duplicate]

I have started to see variable initialisations like that in Java libraries: Class clazz = new Class(); or Class klass = new Class(); Is there a particular reason for people to misspell the word ...
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How should I mark types in C and C++ programs?

In this answer of mine, I used _t at end of types, which ended at best, controversial. This is the practice I use in my current projects. typedef struct { int x; int y; } point_t; This was ...
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Why is the following naming guideline different between OO and non-OO languages?

I am working with a non-OO language and I'm trying to name my routines consistently. I came acrross the following guideline from Steve McConnell's Code Complete: To name a procedure, use a strong ...
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Should methods that return boolean be named after a question or an assertion? [closed]

Many naming conventions recommend that methods returning a boolean (also called predicate methods) should be named after a question. My question is: don't they really mean the methods should be named ...
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What kind of transform is this?

I have a function that linearly "remaps" a value from a given interval to an other interval? The function remaps a value from a given interval [oldMin, oldMax] to another interval [newMin, newMax] ...
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What is the name of the functional argument in fold

In the higher order function fold/reduce what is the name, if any, of the functional argument? I am working on a monadic tabular processing library where rows are folded to produce simple analyses ...
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When defining directory path, should a trailing slash be included?

Say I'm defining a directory and then including files from it. Is it better practice to do: define('PATH', 'C:/xampp/htdocs/includes/'); require PATH.'header.php; or: define('PATH', ...
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Naming convention for higher order functions? [closed]

Is there a naming convention for higher order functions? That is, functions which return other functions. An example in Javascript: function onlyDivisibleBy(div) { // <-- higher order function ...
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Naming methods that perform HTTP GET/POST calls? [closed]

In the application I am currently working on, there are generally 3 types of HTTP calls: pure GETs pure POSTs (updating the model with new data) "GET" POSTs (posting down an object to get some data ...
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Naming a release

OS X 10.9 not just called 10.9 but also Mavericks. iOS7 is just called iOS7. Android releases are named after sweets. What is the rationale of giving a name to a release version? What are the ...