[nycphp-talk] Best practices for naming conventions & coding style?

Daniel Convissor danielc at
Tue Apr 28 08:54:36 EDT 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:18:42PM -0400, Edward Potter wrote:
> employees
> --------------
> id
> firstname   <= generally for my field names I'll link words with _, just
> firstname and lastname I concatenate.
> lastname
> company_id
> companies
> -------------
> id
> company

But in that scheme, in order to join tables, you have to use an ON syntax
   JOIN companies ON ( = employees.company_id)
rather than the more elegant USING syntax
   JOIN companies USING (company_id)

Plus it causes the use of different words for table vs field names, 
making it harder to guess/remember what a given identifier's name is and 
results in hacks when implementing automated schema tools.


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