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The meaning of “phlpwcspweb3” or why you should not do abbreviations in the code

“phlpwcspweb3”  is found at the “Amazon Web Services – Tagging Best Practices

From what I see this is something related to web, and probably there are at least 3 instances of that kind.

According to AWS this should be meaningful hostname.

If you have decoded this you probably do not need to read further….

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Abbreviations lower our performance

I don’t know why people started doing abbreviations, maybe in the past, the bytes were expensive. I suppose life was harsh and there was no enough food for all and the way they named their programs and variables is mirroring their life. Nowadays we have enough goods and time and free space everywhere and we still name our variables/etc. like we are at the dark ages.

My point is that when we are solving some problem is good to have all neurons of our brain to work solving the problem. If we have to decrypt variables, our project structure is not good, we haven’t used with our editor then we are putting bariers which block us of seeing the best solution because our brain is dedicating 5-10% of its power for nonsense.

I am not saying that we should use full sentences of naming the variables/methods/classes/packages/programs. Only that we do not need to spent time decrypting the abbreviation.

I would love to see an operating system where there is no hackish syndrome.

In the cloud

AWS give examples in their documentation with hackish. How it is possible AWS to have so high expectations for hiring developers and let them act as a woodcutter.

The load balancer names in AWS have a size limit in their names so you that you can have YOUR-APP-us-east-1-production load balancer. You have to name it Your-APP-us-east-1-prod.

At Home

My son is learning his computer language and yesterday he asked me what do the method Intn(n Int) – I can’t answer.

“Mom brg me sndwch!”

At Work

Here are some very popular examples

  • dev > development
  • prod > production
  • ctx, ctx > context vs
  • obj > object

Linux

Do you know why we write “mount” to mount some file system, and “umount” to unmount? Why?

The opposite command “mount” is not abbreviated to “mnt” or even “mt”. This inconsistency is crazy!

For RobotsFor Humans
lsblkblock-devices
mountunmount

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