What do you do when sometime down the road, customer or vendor become
reserved names? :)

Jeff Young
Sr. Programmer Analyst

On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM, Buck Calabro <kc2hiz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 6/2/2014 12:31 PM, Kurt Anderson wrote:
For constants we go with the convention of all caps, which I think is
standard in other languages.

I like this convention also.

We use $ in front of exported procedure names. The fight against using
$ @ # seems to be in regard to taking the code global. This makes sense
for vendors. It makes sense for international shops. Maybe I'm being
short-sighted in not seeing our code going global?

I used to feel this way until my very stodgy, boring wholesale paper
company was bought out by an international organisation. Surprise!

Thing is, I find our naming of procedures to be incredibly helpful. I
suppose we could instead have them all prefixed as E_ and it would be
equally helpful.

A good naming convention can make one's job easy or difficult.

My comment here isn't about RDi but rather, RPG. We don't have
namespaces, so it can be very frustrating to create a very useful
service program with a subprocedure name like 'read' only to find out in
a few years that someone else had the same idea (like CGIDEV2). And now
there's a name collision :-( I've started to name my subprocedures by
the name of the service program followed by the subprocedure name, so
instead of 'getName' I have 'customer_getName' and 'vendor_getName' and

Every shop I've been at has used #, though I do prefer "Number" written
out personally.

I've seen a lot of that, too, as well as things like PAY$ to denote a
currency variable.
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