Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.

Naming things fldsmdfr

2014-10-06T17:49:00.002-07:00

Authors:
Carl Burks
Sometimes the hardest part of creating something new is giving it a name. The name of something can greatly contribute to its success. If you have seen "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" you have watched the plight of engineers illustrated in a humorous fashion. For developing software a badly named variable might confuse support developers. A badly named application might not be purchased. A clear concise variable is a jewel.

Now for a few words on vowels.

Example:
getSampleWidget

Example 2:
getSmplWdgt

Which would you like to read?  What are you saving? Are you using a language that has an unreasonable limit on variable names?

Further Reading:

StackOverflow - maximum length:  
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/425988/maximum-method-name-length

Wikipedia - naming conventions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_convention_%28programming%29


-Carl Burks