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Friday March 15, 2002
07:33 PM

What's the weirdest name you have given a variable name/sub?

[ #3580 ]

This journal made me think of typos in code, and then to reflect on werid variable names I've used.

Some are obvious, like $foo, $bar, $blah, $temp, $tmp.

Some of my favorites:
%HugeAssHash (later renamed to %hah)
&kludge(), &bugfix(), (the list could go on)

Anybody else have some to add to this list?

Updated: Forgot to enable comments, I think that should be a prefernce somewhere to always have it on, unless I am missing it.

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  • But if I came across any variables/functions with names like that during a code review, the perpetrator would have it explained to him in no uncertain terms that a repetition would be considered a Career Limiting Move.

    What you do in your own, private programs is, of course, your own look out, but I strongly recommend staying disciplined.
    • I never name anything with anything but a meaningful name, anymore. Even a list index. If I can't say what the thing is I'm writing code about, how can I write correct code for it?

      That sounds silly, but it's the case. If I spend ten minutes figuring out what to name the list index, I may save thirty minutes later when the code has grown more complex.

      Of course, I rarely use an index in Perl; I use foreach. But I apply the same principle everywhere I can.

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Oh, I understand all that now, and the &kludge was when I was a beginer, and the %HugeAssHash was more of a joke with my co-workers, in a throw away script.

      Of course, there is the other end of this spectrum, where you have &getPageAndParseItThenSaveIt(); function names, which do not really lend them selves to saving time. I've never been that verbose, but have seen it in other people's code.
  • @stuff and @junk are my standard temporary array and hash names. $this, $that, $other are standard scalars. and of course the file handles READ and WRITE...