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How to name arrays or list when the nouns are both singular and plural?

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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Intentional misspellings to avoid reserved words

I often see code that include intentional misspellings of common words that for better or worse have become reserved words: klass or clazz for class: Class clazz = ThisClass.class kount for count in ...
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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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Collection providing lookup by one of several keys [closed]

What do you call a collection in which each item may be looked up by one of multiple keys? A partial, simplified definition in C# might be: class MyDataStructure<TKey1, TKey2, TValue> { ...
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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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Javascript naming conventions

I am from Java background and am new to JavaScript. I have noticed many JavaScript methods using single character parameter names, such as in the following example. doSomething(a,b,c) I don't like ...
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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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Semantic CSS class names [closed]

I always read articles that suggest to not use presentational CSS class names. Currently I'm working on a small website project. The footer on this website looks like this: Although it's pretty ...
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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?

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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Why it is called “hash table”, or “hash function”? Hash doesn't make any sense to me here

It's now about 4 years of development that I'm using, hearing, talking about, and implementing hash tables and hash functions. But I really never understand why it's called hash? I remember the first ...
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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 ...
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Tree position terminology/naming [closed]

This is a naming things question. I am processing trees (XML documents), and there are often special rules applied to nodes based on structure. It's been very difficult coming up with concise naming ...
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Should we rename overloaded methods?

Assume an interface containing these methods : Car find(long id); List<Car> find(String model); Is it better to rename them like this? Car findById(long id); List findByModel(String ...
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Naming a predicate: “precondition” or “precondition_is_met”?

In my web app framework, each page can have a precondition that needs to be satisfied before it can be displayed to the user. For example, if user 1 and user 2 are playing a back-and-forth ...
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How important is to avoid name collisions between libraries belonging to different domains?

I have written a small open source Java library for facilitating conversions between different types of objects (in the style of Google's gson, but quite more general). It seems to me that a nice ...
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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 ...
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Naming convention for array, plural or singular? [closed]

Let's say we have a class that represents a Sudoku grid. In that grid we have a collection of cells. Now, if I simply made a collection of these cells accessible through the class the naming it would ...
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Is it poor practice to name a property/member the same as the declaring type in C#?

For instance, a class like: class Dog { } //never mind that there's nothing in it... and then a property like: Dog Dog { get; set; } I've been told that if I can't come up with a more ...
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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; ...
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A good name for ValueObject that contains database update/create column values [closed]

We all know these fields, database admins so like to add: UserCreated & DateCreated UserUpdated & DateUpdated They need to be displayed in the UI so I want to put them in some ValueObject ...
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Short function names for often used function or general concept

I am a bit in a dilemma: Let's suppose I have a very general function and a specialization of it for convenience reasons. Let's also assume that the specialized function is used 90 per cent of the ...
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Which is better for small bug fixes and small features - naming branches by ticket number or naming them by feature description?

I am in the middle of a disagreement (cordial, of course) with my lead about proper branch naming. This applies to bug-fix and small feature branches, not long-running feature branches. For ...
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Software bug/defect classification [closed]

We're trying to come up with terms that better describe our bugs/defects. To us, the term 'bug' or 'defect' is too generic and doesn't accurately reflect what is happening. For example, instead of ...
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Is it ever a good idea to use the design pattern name in the implementing classes?

Recently I came across a moderately large python codebase with lots of MyClassAbstractFactory, MyClassManager, MyClassProxy, MyClassAdapter etc. classes. While on the one hand those names pointed me ...
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Word for the superset of files and folders

I'm trying to come up with a name for a class that can represent both files and folders. Anyone know a word for this?
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State pattern long state class names

I am using state pattern on 28 states in my application. The states are for membership cards that has 7 major states, there are 4 boolean attributes for the membership card that actually affects the ...
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Is there an accepted name for a fake object injected via a preprocessor seam?

I am dealing with some old, sloppy C++ code in which there is a structure with a lot of data members and functions. I want to test a class that I have implemented which uses the struct, but this ...
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How to name nested function? [closed]

When you have a function that wraps another one in Scala. What do you call the nested function? I found this : def factorial(i: Int): Int = { def fact(i: Int, accumulator: Int): Int = { if ...
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What are appropriate metaphors for the pieces of a word processor? [closed]

A word processor is a complicated creature of many layers and pieces, but it represents a relatively simple concept: a piece of paper with writing on it. This leads to the problem of having many ...
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Is there a good name for “classic” .NET?

So, as Microsoft has created many forks and branches off of .NET, there have been a few different product names come up: Silverlight .NETCore/WinRT/.Net for Windows Store Apps .NET for Windows ...
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What are the names for various forms of camel-case style naming?

For the purposes of communicating coding styles to my co-workers, what would I formally call the following variants of camel case? camelCase and CamelCase Notice that the former version ...
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collection naming - singular or plural

This is related to this question but not quite the same. BTW, I'm not a native English speaker. I keep having a hard time choosing a proper name for collections - Lets say that we have a collection ...
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Changing a variable through a series of statements … What is this technique called?

I'm looking at a function that that has several statements like this: n = returnDifferentVersionOf(n); I.e., the value of the same variable n changes progressively several times during the course ...
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Should I put the datatype of a class attribute in its name?

Most of my system's class attributes are just text, but in this case it makes more sense to place this particular class's attributes into one single hash (from a "keep the source code pretty" aspect). ...
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Can a method that must be overridden be considered private?

Suppose I have a class C with a method f() which is meant to be used only within C's implementation, but which should be overridden by C's subclasses. Is it reasonable, or "pythonic", to consider it ...
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What's the dominant naming convention for variables in PHP: camelcase or underscores? [closed]

The consensus seems to be that one should follow the convention of the platform they're developing for. See: Underscore or camelcase? Naming conventions: camelCase versus underscore_case? However, ...
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What to name a new interface that is replacing an existing one?

We're redesigning our application's plugin interface, so we're using the Adapter pattern with our proof-of-concept design to show that the new interface will function without committing to using it in ...
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How to call something that can be both a user and a usergroup? [closed]

My idea is, to create an abstract class / interface which can be extended into a user, and into a usergroup. There actually is a good reason for there being this interface connecting the groups with ...
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When should we clean up old, no longer used GIT branches? [duplicate]

We have several bugfix branches that are starting to pile up. They have been merged into master, and deployed to production. Is there a good benchmark for when these branches should be cleaned up? ...
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Is there a name for a randomized heap?

I've made a container which functions like a Binary Heap in terms of insertions and popping the root element. The key difference is that the comparison steps are all replaced with a random call for ...
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How to justify efforts to make capitalization of class and property names uniform? [closed]

In this thread, an Oracle Product Manager (username "Alex Keh") refused to make Oracle's EF provider to conform with .NET's PascalCase coding standard for class names and property names, saying that ...
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Why do old C-style method names continue being used in modern languages?

I understand that in the earlier days of computing, shorter method names like printf made sense, because storage was limited. But why do modern languages like Python and Go still use the less readable ...
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Why is Inversion of Control named that way?

The words invert or control are not used at all to define Inversion of Control in the definitions that I've seen. Definitions Wikipedia inversion of control (IoC) is a programming technique, ...
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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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Java naming conventions vs. C++/C naming conventions

I am a Java developer who is starting to pick up more and more C++/C (yes I know they're different, bear with me). One thing that struck me as odd was the different naming conventions used by these ...
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Is there a name for this tree variant?

So I've created (and I'm sure someone else has come up with this before - I'm not claiming to have invented it) a data structure which consists of a binary search tree, only instead of each node ...
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Which is Preferable: FirstName LastName or Forename Surname etc [closed]

It seems there are many different ways to represent the same information: FirstName, MiddleName, LastName Forename, MiddleName, Surname GivenName, MiddleName, FamilyName Which one is preferable? It ...
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Non-trivial get function, should it be named differently

For example I have this code. class Command { var $responseFactory; var $service; /** * Returns the class name of the responseFactory if it is set * or the default class name ...