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Code Complete, Second Edition

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Good Routine Names

A good name for a routine clearly describes everything the routine does. Here are guidelines for creating effective routine names:


For details on naming variables, see Chapter 11.

Describe everything the routine does. In the routine's name, describe all the outputs and side effects. If a routine computes report totals and opens an output file, ComputeReportTotals() is not an adequate name for the routine. ComputeReportTotalsAndOpen-OutputFile() is an adequate name but is too long and silly. If you have routines with side effects, you'll have many long, silly names. The cure is not to use less-descriptive routine names; the cure is to program so that you cause things to happen directly rather than with side effects. ...

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