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Why are cryptic short identifiers still so common in low-level programming?

There used to be very good reasons for keeping instruction / register names short. Those reasons no longer apply, but short cryptic names are still very common in low-level programming. Why is this? ...
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How do you name your personal libraries? [closed]

I'm pretty bad with naming things. The only name I can every generically come up with is 'helper'. Say, if I have a header file that contains helping functions for manipulating paths, I tend to put ...
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Naming a “do X if needed” method

What is a good way to name a method that checks if X needs to be done, and does X it if necessary? For example, how to name a method that updates a user list if new users have logged in? ...
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In what language should I name my business classes?

I'm requesting best practice with this question. This is only an issue if the customer company is strictly national has a native language other than English, I think. If the customer has a lot of ...
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What are the benefits of prefixing function parameter names with p*?

I often see projects (in Java projects and teams using Eclipse) that prefix function parameters with p. For example public void filter (Result pResult) ... I personally don't see any benefit in ...
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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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Order of subject and modifiers in variable names

I'm looking for experiences regarding the ordering of the subject and modifiers in variable names. A simple object Shape would have just a subject for the variable name, such as Area. A slightly ...
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Why does the C library use macros and functions with same name?

I am reading 'The Standard C Library' by PJ Plauger which is really interesting. The book explains not only how to USE the library but also how it is implemented. I have finished reading the ctype.h ...
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Coincidence or rule?

I was reading about Assemblies (modules, which Microsoft CLR works with). The Assembly contains so called Manifest, which by definition describes a set of files in the Assembly. I know that Android ...
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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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Nice iterator naming [closed]

How do you name your iterators when you return a begin and an end iterator from a class? Without it sounding clunky, that is. Example: typedef std::vector<Idea> Ideas_Type; ...
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What's a better name for this many-to-many table?

Part of one of my applications has contracts and contract_types tables, wherein a type may have many contracts but a contract may only be of one type. Now a new wrinkle has been introduced: a contract ...
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Variable names for Contact Information bits [closed]

I am in the middle of refactoring code and would like to get some ideas on variable naming so that my new names clearly represent the data they hold. I have a class called ContactMethod which makes ...
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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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CamelCase issue (PList or Plist)

Ok, I understand what CamelCase is. This question is relating to how to CamelCase the shortened version of Property List (PList). I am asking this because I am working on a PList parser in C# and ...
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Non-English Naming Conventions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English? I know that there are non-English based languages out there, where keywords are in some other tongue, but ...
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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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User defined type for healthcare / Medical Records variable name prefixes? [closed]

I was reading Code Complete regarding variable naming in trying to find an answer to this question and stumbled on a table of commonly accepted prefixes for programming word processor software. Well, ...
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What is a widely accepted term for a string variable that would probably contain a file path and file name?

For functions that need to index files in a directory and rename them FileName0001, FileName0002, etc... I often need to write a function that splits the file name from the file path and rename the ...
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Is it best practice to always capitalize class file names in PHP, and other languages? [closed]

I ask because I've seen a couple of OO PHP tutorials which do not adhere to this, but to me it just makes sense. It makes it easy to instantly see if a file is a class or not, if non-class files all ...
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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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Choosing names for integration tests

With unit tests the domain is quite small, so it's easy. I used Osherove's methodName_conditions_result() scheme and found it very clear. But with integration tests I feel like it would make a very ...
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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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Should I refactor single letter variables for constructs like pointer/structure names? [closed]

And No, i am not referring to single variables in loops or exceptions. Lets say pointer/struct names in large c ,c++ programs . Are there any languages where this type of naming is acceptable or is ...
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Better use on the name of variables

I have a method that looks like this: Public Function NormalizeStreetAddress(country As Namespace.Country, streetAddress As Namespace.StreetAddress) _ ...
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Should the most recent date be named 'start' or 'end'? [closed]

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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Is it bad practice to name an unused variable with a single underscore?

Often when the syntax of the language requires me to name a variable that is never used, I'll name it _. In my mind, this reduces clutter and lets me focus on the meaningful variables in the code. I ...
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Is there any reason in a Java program for a special naming for a function arguments? [closed]

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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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 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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Function parameter names [closed]

I just found the following code in our code base: public String identifyArchitectureName(String platformName, String input) ... In my opinion input is one of the most meaningless names for a ...
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What is the abstract name for Drive, Directory and file? [closed]

I want to give nice name to my function while returns drive, directory and file. Can you please suggest a good abstract name for this trio? This is the function. static IEnumerable<string> ...
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What is a generic term for name/identifier? (as opposed to label)

I need to refer to a number of things that have both an identifier value (used in code and configuration), and a human-readable label. These things include: database columns dropdown items ...
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Practical considerations for HTML / CSS naming conventions (syntax) [closed]

Question: what are the practical considerations for the syntax in class and id values? Note that I'm not asking about the semantics, i.e. the actual words that are being used, as for example ...
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How to camel-case where consecutive words have numbers?

Just wondering if anybody has a good convention to follow in this corner-corner-corner case. I really use Java but figured the C# folks might have some good insight too. Say I am trying to name a ...
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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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What is a good alternative to the name variable for a language that only has immutable references or labels?

For example, in functional languages, variables are single assignment and their values are immutable once assigned. So they have two states unbound and bound, once bound they can't be changed. Is ...
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A Class named Class?

This is more of a style question, but it is something I am currently pondering for a project of mine. Assume that you're creating an application which is modeling a school. So there are entities like ...
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How to name event types?

Clean code recommends to name methods to be a verb, and classes to be a noun. I am developing an c++ application using boost::signal as some kind of event framework, and have defined various events, ...
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Is having C++ header files without extension a good practice?

I have an argument with a collegue of mine regarding the C++ guidelines to follow. He currently designs all his libraries that way: He uses inconsistently uppercase and lowercase letters in his ...
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Is it a good practice to name the returned variable “result”? [closed]

Is it a good practice to call the variable a method returns with a variable name result? For instance: public Zorglub calculate() { Zorglub result = [...] [...] return result; } Or ...
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Why should identifiers not begin with a number?

Most programming languages appear to be designed to not allow one to declare an identifier that starts with a number. I was just curious to know the reason. I have already searched the web, but ...
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Standard semantic name for 3rd table in 3NF

For 3 tables that are in 3NF, a many-to-many relationship, is there a standard name or term to describe the 3rd table, the one that associates the other tables? Basically, I'm looking for a semantic ...
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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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How can I deal with developers who don't use English in code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Code maintenance: keeping a bad pattern when extending new code for being consistent, or not? I'm working on a project for a Greek public organization, as a part for a ...
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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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Semantic or structure - which should get preference for variable naming?

We've a call stack in our project. The program is written for microcontroller, the language is C. The call stack is basically an array of integers. The variable that represents this call stack ends ...
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Are there good techniques or tests for naming types?

An awkward, open question, but it's a problem I'm always bumping against: Software that's easy to maintain and work with is software designed well. Trying to make a design intuitive means naming your ...
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Naming conventions for instance, local and parameter variables [closed]

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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Any standards for naming variables in for loops (instead of i,j,k) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do most of us use 'i' as a loop counter variable? I was just writing a nested loop and got to the point where I was using l and m as variables to control for ...