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Naming has a social convention

Gautier DI FOLCO February 04, 2024 [Software engineering] #software engineering #design

Few months ago, I have joined GDCR, ending the day with a software teaming in F#, with one letter identifiers as a constraint.

The goal was to work on the Mars Rover Kata.

The resulting code was cryptic and the main entry point was:

let p i c o =

It was not great but all the participants agreed on it, and we all knew what each identifier was representing.

Even if the example is extreme, when we try to implement the Ubiquitous Language we need some flexibility when choosing the names, so everyone has a common understanding.

The main point is, naming decision are always taken inside a group, not on your own.