Monday, October 6, 2014

Naming things fldsmdfr

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