[development] Naming the CVS abstraction module

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Sun Jun 10 00:29:10 UTC 2007

On Saturday 09 June 2007, Angela Byron wrote:
> On 9-Jun-07, at 1:36 PM, Doug Green wrote:
> > Angie,
> >
> > Why is version_control preferred over versioncontrol?
> For legibility. It's consistent with our variable naming convention,
> and separating the individual words help non-English speakers who can
> babelfish individual words to figure out what a particular thing is
> doing.
> >   I thought we only
> > used the underscores when the module was extending another module.
> > And I
> > thought we had problems with hook functions related to underscores,
> > or is
> > the problem only related to hook's with underscores?
> I know of no such problems. The only thing I can think that would
> cause a problem is if you named a function something like
> my_module_insert and Drupal mistook it for a node insert hook when it
> was just a helper function or something. But mymodule_insert would
> have exactly the same problem.

It also makes it impossible to definitively extract the providing module from 
an arbitrary function name, because you don't know if you should break on the 
first or second underscore to get the module name.  That's a problem that I 
ran into with the menu-split patch in some iterations.  Sharing a namespace 
between modules and hook names is nasty and prevents a lot of useful 

+1 to versioncontrol.module, -1 to version_control.module.  I always avoid 
putting underscores in module names for exactly that reason.

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