One of the things I run into regularly is naming objects, entities, classes, operations, parameters, variables, etc.
I am fully aware that it is very important to get the name right because once chosen it will always be named like that in the back of your head and when it is wrong it might cause a lot of confusion, now or in the future when the name you came up with no longer fits the object or the name got a new meaning due to a new song from some popstar or a new disease.
When naming technical software bits it is quite easy to get it right: many times a (design) pattern or mechanism provides you with a very logical and easy to remember name. E.g., Handler, Manager, View, Controller, Publisher, Client, Proxy, etc.
Functional bits are harder. Normally I’d try to find out what the business people name the object and try to stick to that. Sometimes (read: almost always) it is very hard because the business people do not agree or the the names they use were created/driven by the previous IT solution. E.g., a company selling cars uses a standard (and customized) version of an of-the-shelf webstore application. The webstore application wasn’t built with cars in mind so the application stores the cars as products. And then, after 10 years, all the business people call their cars products. Modeling (finding out attributes and operations of) cars can (and will) be very different from modeling products.
Number of doors
Date of Production
A while ago I ran into this problem at a company. The business name was ‘object’. As soon as you try to envision C# code that uses this class you will understand my worries. A big problem was also that ‘object’ has such a high abstraction level and is not restricted to either the technical or function domain. Ambiguity everywhere.
So what to do? I chose to make it a bit more specific in business terms. I won’t state my solution here, I do not want to name or imply the company, but extending the car example in the same fashion: Vehicle.
For an even geekier solution I hereby propose the official renaming of object orientated:
Surely there are no businesses that sell ‘Things’, right?