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Hungarian Notation is actually good, but Hungarian Notation is still bad

Started by Darren Dirt, December 16, 2019, 06:38:46 PM

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Darren Dirt

Hungarian Notation is actually good, but Hungarian Notation is still bad... because "Apps Hungarian" was a simple smart idea that was soon misunderstood and then quickly spread as "Systems Hungarian".

The latter is identifying the TYPE AS IN CLASS of data in its variable name and essentially useless, the former is identifying the TYPE AS IN KIND OR PURPOSE of data and actually useful...


PS: the origin story For NUL ANS CON and PRN -- and why they also work with an extension (and actually must!) https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20031022-00/?p=42073

 (idk why I am reading 15 year old tech blogs lol)


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Darren Dirt

Okay more dusty ancient mythology of nerdworld:

'member the Windows 95*** startup sound?

It was required to be 3.25 seconds (missed pun opportunity! Why not 3.11 seconds?)

And they got *Brian Eno* to do it.

And he went through 84 different versions within this constraint -- loving the challenge!

via https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20030908-00/?p=42623

*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1JzHWvPqY = The History of Windows Startup Sounds (version by version -- oddly emotion-stirring)


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