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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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For instance methods, would always returning self or this, instead of using a void return type, be a clean coding style? [closed]

I just came across this article, and in particular, this answer. Essentially they're talking about returning self from instance methods to allow for method chaining. That being said, one of the ...
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use areFoo or isFoo?

I have never seen the use of "are" for boolean methods, but the use of "is" is very common. When I want to use "are" is usually because I am passing multiple variables, or a list of objects. I ...
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1answer
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Wrapping Primitives to Enable Returning null — Bad Practice?

I am frequently tempted to wrap integers, etc, solely for the purpose of writing methods that can return null. Negative 1 can work in many cases, but too often (especially in sound) it's a valid ...
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Naming methods that do the same thing but return different types

Let's assume that I'm extending a graphical file chooser class (JFileChooser). This class has methods which display the file chooser dialog and return a status signature in the form of an int: ...