04 Nov '13, 8pm

"The Power of Names"

It's often very difficult to find just the right name for something in a program. It's also hard to understand why names are so important. Names are just symbols, after all, and in some sense they're arbitrary. Certainly the computer doesn't care what name you use for something, as long as you're consistent. And programmers are fairly good at dealing with arbitrary names; think of all the acronyms we use without ever thinking of what the letters stand for, and repurposed words like "bus," "mask," and "string," with technical meanings that bear little resemblance to the original English meanings.

Full article: http://thinkrelevance.com/blog/2009/10/20/the-power-of-names

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