Naming conventions for functions and methods

Ben Finney ben at
Wed Jul 9 01:59:22 CEST 2014

python at writes:

> Looking for your opinions on how you name your functions and
> methods. Example: I have a function that hashes a file. I could
> name this function hash_file() or file_hash().

I'd prefer just ‘hash’. The function name can be considered an action
verb, with its arguments as the objects acted upon.

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