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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I really hate plural table names. There are two common problems plural table names have. First, as janus mentioned, plurals in English can be irregular. A common real-world example is "people" and "person". If I have a table named "People" I'll probably end up referring to "person_id" as well, which just irritates me.

    Another problem is that it degrades badly when you have "linking" tables. Say I have Accounts and Users, then I might have an AccountsUsers table. Yuck! If I have Accounts, Users, and Roles, th
    • The proposed standard naming convention from $cow_orker also mandated the use of CamelCase. With the added wrinkle of a short suffix on every table name. E.g.: Account_act or ProductCommissionGroup_pcg. Any advance on Triple-Yuck ?

      • I do like camel case for table names, as a way to distinguish them from column names. This is very similar to the the Perl standard of camel case for package names.

        That suffix thing is truly awful, though. What possible purpose could it serve? It's like naming everything twice.
        • The aforementioned proposed standard justified camel case for table names in the same way - to distinguish them from column names. I found that argument a bit spurious since a) I don't recall ever confusing column names for table names and b) the table names are easy to identify already - they're the words following the FROM and JOIN keywords :-)