What's in a name?
gmcm at hypernet.com
Wed May 24 19:56:35 CEST 2000
Edward S. Vinyard <vinyard at arlut.utexas.edu> wrote:
>In some instances, case sensitive languages are exploited:
>1. Case can add semantic information to the names of classes,
> functions, and instances.
>2. Case can be used to delimit multi-word names. An example:
> spam_counter vs. spamCounter.
Certainly. These are conventions that Python (being case sensitive)
allows. I like them.
But you have to learn to recognize the conventions. That is, in the
context of Python I recognize spamServer as different from
SpamServer. (Personally, I would expect the first to be a function
and the latter to be a class, but if the author uses different
conventions, it won't take me long to figure it out.)
That's because, in the context of Python, I've trained myself to pay
attention to case.
In the context of email, I've trained myself to ignore case (else I'd
never parse an effbot posting).
In the context of the Windows filesystem, I ignore case. And then
suffer (briefly) when I go to *nix and have to pay attention.
For a newbie, the context is unfamiliar and they have no grasp of
the conventions. There's liitle similarity to written language rules of
capitalization, (why are classes proper nouns, but not instances?).
So I'm all in favor of tools with training wheels. Once a newbie has
learned to pay attention to case, they can take off the training
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