Magnus Lie Hetland
mlh at furu.idi.ntnu.no
Tue Feb 25 03:31:04 CET 2003
In article <v5lfj0h9m6172f at news.supernews.com>, John Roth wrote:
> Other than that, I would be very, very happy if the compiler refused
> to compile anything with the same name capitalized in more than one
> I'd even be willing to extend the prohibition to names that only
> differed by the presence or absence of internal underscores.
Really? Why not go further -- to disallow names with a Levenshtein
distance of 2 or less, for example (i.e. only two editing operations
needed to change one into the other)?
I think all of this is going quite a bit too far (even with my
excellent edit distance suggestion omitted). I think, for example,
that the following is quite natural:
def accept(self, airplane):
I might, of course, adopt some SmallTalkish idiom, writing anAirplane
instead of airplane, but I don't see how this improves the code at
all... Giving it a more meaningful name (such as incomingAirplane or
whatever) might be a good thing, but I'm not convinced that this is
called for in _every_ situation...
> John Roth
Magnus Lie Hetland "Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist."
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