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List of names that tend to be useful in programming

Useful names

List of names that tend to be useful in programming. On their own, or for building names.

A thesaurus is also useful.

Things

  • action, operation
  • attribute, property
  • buffer, queue
  • builder
  • candidate — found
  • child — parent
  • condition
  • content, payload
  • context
  • config, option, setting
  • consumer — producer, supplier
  • criteria (criterion)
  • current
  • data (datum)
  • default
  • destination, target — origin, source
  • element, entry, item, member
  • factory
  • field
  • first — last
  • handler
  • id
  • initial, original
  • input
  • key — value
  • latest
  • mandatory, required — optional
  • mode
  • next — previous
  • new — old
  • override
  • other
  • parameter
  • raw
  • reason
  • remaining
  • result
  • selection
  • state
  • status
  • type
  • XYZable (e.g. Comparable)
  • XYZer (e.g. Writer)
  • XYZor (e.g. Comparator)

Functions

  • asXYZ, toXYZ
  • begin — end
  • build, create — destroy
  • calculate, derive
  • canXYZ
  • check, verify
  • classify
  • clean, sanitise
  • close — open
  • collect
  • comparator
  • complete
  • convert, transform
  • display, show
  • ensure
  • execute, perform, run
  • fetch, request
  • filter
  • find, query
  • finish — start
  • format
  • generate
  • handle
  • hasXYZ
  • hydrate, revive
  • ignore
  • initialize
  • isXYZ
  • load
  • lookup
  • mark
  • match
  • maybeXYZ
  • niceify
  • normalize
  • parse — serialize
  • populate
  • predicate
  • prepare
  • process
  • refresh
  • reject
  • render
  • resolve
  • select
  • selector
  • shouldX
  • start — stop
  • subscribe
  • tryXYZ
  • update
  • validate
  • xyzAsync

States

  • pending
  • queued
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