[development] when we run out of characters

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Tue May 16 21:02:17 UTC 2006

On Tue, May 16, 2006 2:30 pm, Jonathan Chaffer said:
> On May 16, 2006, at 3:15 PM, Earl Miles wrote:
>> Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
>>> I don't think this is a real problem. The number of hooks isn't
>>> all that big so you can easily work around it.
>>> This is the kind of API change even I don't need.
>> I concur. I think we're better off using api.module to publish a
>> list of hooks and saying "Please avoid ending your function names
>> with these hooks, Just In Case."
> This has nothing to do with hooks, actually. It has to do with
> function names. There are 22 modules called "taxonomy_something" in
> contrib alone. If taxonomy.module adds a function that begins with
> any one of those "taxonomy_something"s, then a module breaks. It
> doesn't matter whether or not that function is a hook.
> This isn't a big problem right now. It could become one in the
> future. We should come up with a convention now that will prevent
> matters from getting worse later.

If you must camelCase something, wouldn't camelCasing the module name be
less painful than the hook?  There's at least fewer of them, I believe.

Vis, easier to rename 22 taxonomy_something to taxonomySomething than to
rename 2200 hook_something to hookSomething.

--Larry Garfield

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