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What package name to choose for a small, open-source Java project?

I'd like to publish a small open-source library in Java. I wonder what package name should I choose? I'm not a company and I don't have a domain that I could use as the basis for naming the package ...
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Variable names: underscores, no underscores, or camel case? [closed]

Variable names can be written in many ways, but the most common that I'm familiar with are: thisisavariable, this_is_a_variable, and thisIsAVariable. Which of these are preferred, and why?
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Do variable names affect the performance of websites?

Do variable names affect website performance? I know this will going to be very low number, but still can any one provide the reasons for not choosing a long variable name in aspect of performance?
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What do you call classes without methods?

What do you call classes without methods? For example, class A { public string something; public int a; } Above is a class without any methods. Does this type of class have a special name?
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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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What do you do when working with multiple languages with different capitalization schemes?

I'm making a webapp using Django. The Python convention for naming variables is lowercase_with_underscores, but the Javascript convention is camelCase. In addition, I've seen many people use ...
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What do you call the test suite developers run before checkin?

I'm working on a project where we're adding automated testing to an existing project. We're starting with a central component, and setting up both unit tests at the code module level, and tests that ...
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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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What naming conventions do you use for php classes?

I really like using ClassNames and memberNames as convention but I am not sure how I would name the file containing a class. I like making my classes defined in a file with the exact same name as the ...
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What is the name for a NON-self-calling function?

I have a collection of normal functions and self-calling functions within a javascript file. In my comments i want to say something along the lines of "This script can contain both self-calling and ...
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How permissive should a language be about identifiers?

This is a sister question to: Is it bad to use Unicode characters in variable names? As is my wont, I'm working on a language project. The thought came to me that allowing multi-token identifiers ...
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Java class version specific naming conventions

I have to create an Adapter between two software (mech. simulation, non-cs). Assuming we have a class named ThatThing. I have to handle various vendor specific implementations. These versions don't ...
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What are the disadvantages of naming things alphabetically?

Let me give you an example of how I name my classes alphabetically: Car CarHonda (subclass of Car) CarHondaAccord (subclass of CarHonda) There are two reasons why I put the type of the class ...
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What do you call different user roles in software design?

I'm just curious, I'm building a web app with a User model which has role-based permissions. I have the following roles: Visitor (anonymous user) ?? (logged-in user) Moderator Admin I'm having a ...
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The suffix Exception on exceptions in java

Specifying a suffix of Exception on exception classes feels like a code smell to me (Redundant information - the rest of the name implies an error state and it inherits from Exception). However, it ...
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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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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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Term for a Class with Multiple Interfaces

Say I have a class that implements multiple interfaces. I pass the same instance around using a different interface, depending on what the consumer is interested in. I am trying to remember what this ...
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Should APIs be in en_US or en_GB or both?

Should I write APIs in US spelling or British spelling? Or should I provide with mapping both of them to a single one and internally using anyone which I like so that both of them works ? At present ...
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C project avoiding naming conflicts

I'm struggling to find pragmatic real-world advice on function naming conventions for a medium sized C library project. My library project is separated into a few modules and submodules with their own ...
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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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Any recognized convention for repository changelogs?

We use TortoiseSVN, but we have no bug tracking system. I know, lame, but beyond my control. There were times when svn wasn't in daily use. Now I've had succeeded in pressing for using it regularly, ...
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Test descriptions/name, say what the test is? or what it means when it fails?

The API docs for Test::More::ok is ok($got eq $expected, $test_name); right now in one of my apps I have $test_name print what the test is testing. So for example in one of my tests I have set this ...
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Should the most recent date be named 'start' or 'end'?

So I have a function that takes two dates. The SQL query gets all the results between the two dates. I currently have my function setup as such: function myFunc(start, end) Where start is the ...
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What do you name functions/variables/etc when you can't think of a good name? [closed]

When you are defining a function/variable/etc and are not sure what to name it, what do you name it? How do you come up with a name? If you use a temporary name as a place-card until you give it it's ...
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Is there any reason in a Java program for a special naming for a function arguments?

I'd like to know, why would I want to have a special prefixes for a function arguments, like "p_name", "p_age", "p_sex"? On the one hand it helps to distinguish parameter from local variable or field ...
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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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Why the name 'continue' [closed]

The 'continue' keyword in Java (and probably in many other programming languages) is used to skip further execution of the current iteration. Why was the name 'continue' chosen? Why not something ...
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Naming convention: is it good that all subclasses have same prefix or suffix or not?

I'm bothering about a naming problem. Given that I got an interface which got named Extension, and there will be lots of implementations, like Radio extension, video extension, music extension, ...
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Naming convention: field starting with “m” or “s”

I saw lot of code (for example some Android source code) where fields name start with a "m" while static fields start with "s" Example (taken from Android View class source): private ...
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Naming for a REST webservice

I have a rest webservice with an endpoint www.foobar.com/service.svc/MAC (migration authorisation code). Posting and getting to that adds and gets one MAC respectively. I now need to impliment a new ...
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Naming conventions used for variables and functions in C

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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When inheriting from a class in C#, which naming convention is preferred?

If you inherit from Tile, for example, should the subclass be called CollisionTile or just Collision? What about for painting tools in an application like Paint? PenTool or just Pen? Are there any ...
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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): ...
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Meaningful names in weakly typed language like JS

I've been learning java for about a year, but recently entered the world of javascript. I'm having trouble coming up with meaningful names in function parameters, so that I'll be able to tell and ...
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How to name an subclass that add a minor, detailed thing?

What is the most concise (yet descriptive) way of naming a subclass that only add a specific minor thing to the parent? I encountered this case a lot in WPF, where sometime I have to add a small ...
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Inspection, code review - is it really testing?

ISTQB, Wikipedia or other sources classify verification acitivities (reviews etc.) as a static testing, yet other do not. If we can say that peer reviews and inspections are actually a kind of a ...
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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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Is it good or bad form to name a function after the workaround it fixes?

Lets say you have to write some code to fix a bug that on first glance by another engineer would seem weird or unnecessary. Would it be good or bad form to put the code in a method named for example ...
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What should I name this helper class? [closed]

Usually when writing unit tests I create a helper class with extension methods. I use these methods exclusively for generating generic data for things that I am too lazy to type out. I usually name ...
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Difference between Handler, Manager and Controller

Is there any difference between naming a class "Handler", "Manager" or "Controller"? IE: PurchaseManager, PurchaseHandler, PurchaseController. Do these suffices convey the same meaning or is there a ...
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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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When we say “sanity” when referring to user input, are we talking about the cleanliness of the input or whether or not it is sane?

I often hear people say they "sanitize input," which would mean make it clean. I understand this to mean "clean of potentially damaging contents," where the function that does the sanitizing would do ...
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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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How to name a private method in a language which doesn't support privacy?

What's the coding standard for naming a private method in a language which does not have the private modifier? Specifically, I am talking about Javascript. Below I've placed an underscore at the end ...
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How should a ViewModel be named?

While starting work on a brand new ASP.net MVC application we've learned that we should have all of our available data pushed to make it easy to create a full view. While learning this we've started ...
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How would you name import and export functions in Java? [closed]

I have a Java class that handles import and export of data. It started out as a simple private void export() { } private void import() { } Of course, I wrote the export first, committed it, and ...
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Naming conventions for variables [closed]

When programming, what naming conventions do you use for your variables? I don't mean when the name of the variable should be obvious; ie. sum, total, first, last. But when you name variables that ...
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What is it called when you set properties on object initialization?

What is it called when you set properties on object initialization? var customer = new Customer() {RequestID = request.ID, AddressID = 5}; Is it considered good practice?
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Were they joking when they named PHP? [closed]

PHP stands for: PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor This a recursive loop, if I'm not mistaken. Did the creator of PHP have this in mind when he named PHP? Is this the only language where the name has ...