Re: Naming conventions

"Bo Persson" <>
Wed, 22 Aug 2007 23:27:12 +0200
Miguel Guedes wrote:
:: Victor Bazarov wrote:
::: Ah... Um... All names are lowercase. Multi-word names have words
::: separated by underscores (random_shuffle, push_back, find_if).
::: It's not as consistent as many would like, though. E.g.
::: "getline" is
::: a single "word", no underscores (and there are other examples like
::: that).
::: Don't get hung up on a specific naming convention. Pick one that
::: is convenient and be consistent with it.
::: V
:: Trouble is I have many questions I've not been able to find
:: convincing answers to. For instance:
:: - When naming pointers should I append a prefix (pName, or
:: p_name), add a suffix (name_p) or nothing at all?

Think about what that will buy you. Is it important to always know
that something is a pointer? When you later realize that it should
have been a reference, will you change the name?

Pointers are easily recognized as they are used in expressions like
*Name, or Name->Something.

:: - Should I name namespaces in all-lowercase letters or follow
:: class name conventions (all words start with uppercase)?

You should probably just use one way of creating names. Otherwise you
risk getting names that just differs by case.

namespace car
   class Car;

Now you have

car::Car // a type

Car::Car // a constructor

Not good!

:: - What about global and static variables? Should I append a prefix
:: 'glo' and 'sta' respectively, as the guidelines in
:: recommend?

You probably shouldn't use many of these in the first place! :-)

If you need some global configuration settings, for example, you can
put them in a namespace and get code like:

if (Global::Config::ShowDebugInfo)
   // display something interesting

:: I won't bore you to death. This is just an illustration of how much
:: unsure I am when it comes to naming conventions.

So are we. And nobody agrees anyway!

Use readable names!

:: In all honesty, the reason why I started this thread was because
:: I'm still using remnants of Microsoft's crippled god-awful
:: hungarian notation (professional obligation) and want to
:: completely get rid of all the inconsistencies it introduces.

That was somewhat useful once upon a time, to simulate type checking
when C types were really just typedefs. In C++ the compiler will tell
you not to mix two incompatible classes in the same expression.

:: So,
:: seeing I'm about to start anew, I thought that there's nothing
:: better than to follow _proper_ standards - the ones specified in
:: C++ standards.

And there aren't any. :-(

Bo Persson

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