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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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How do I effectively address code-review feedback about class and method names without a suggestion for a better or alternate name?

Part of code review feedback is suggesting better names for methods and classes. How can I address feedback about class and method names which does not suggest an alternative? For example, I might ...
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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 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/...
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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', 'C:/xampp/...
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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 ...
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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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Naming a predicate: “precondition” or “precondition_is_met”? [closed]

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 role-...
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How important is to avoid name collisions between libraries belonging to different domains? [closed]

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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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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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 [duplicate]

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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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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Is it ever a good idea to use the design pattern name in the implementing classes? [closed]

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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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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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? [closed]

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 Phone/...
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Should I use mMember and sStatic naming convention in Android? [closed]

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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collection naming - singular or plural [closed]

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 to name a new interface that is replacing an existing one? [closed]

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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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 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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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 long-...
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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? [duplicate]

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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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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Naming conventions used for variables and functions in C [closed]

While coding a large project in C I came upon a problem. If I keep on writing more code then there will be a time when it will be difficult for me to organize the code. I mean that the naming for ...
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Why is Quicksort called “Quicksort”?

The point of this question is not to debate the merits of this over any other sorting algorithm - certainly there are many other questions that do this. This question is about the name. Why is ...
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Naming: objectAction or actionObject? [closed]

The question, Stored procedure Naming conventions?, and Joel's excellent Making Wrong Code Look Wrong article come closest to addressing my question, but I'm looking for a more general set of criteria ...