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    Question naming convention question

    I'm going to be receiving an angle from a gyroscope, an angle from a joystick, and an angle from a wheel in relation to a robot. I was going to store the data in 3 variables. my current names are "jAngle" for joystick angle, "gAngle" for gyroscope angle, and "bWAngle" for bot wheel angle. do you think these names are appropriate or if not what should I name these variables.


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    Default Re: naming convention question

    They seem ok. Most of naming convention is up to the developer. Sometimes developers like to use extremely length and descriptive names in large programs to make it more readable and easier for other developers to work with. Some developers might even say: joystickAngle or I've even seen things like joystick_Angle. I would assume the latter example would be more unconventional, since I believe the consensus is that underscores should only be used with constants (and constants should be in all caps). But keep in mind that if your goal is to give a full description of a variable, you should do so in comments immediately before creating the variable, not necessarily in the variable name itself. So if you were to use a name like jAngle, make sure to leave a comment immediately before where you create the variable that simply says the variable is meant to represent the joystick angle.
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    Default Re: naming convention question

    See the Java Code conventions, which might help in naming.
    Code Conventions for the Java Programming Language
    Always be descriptive, as you may not know what a variable is sometime down the line if not named carefully

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    Default Re: naming convention question

    so it sounds like its ok. I'm working on a project with a team of new programmers so I wanted to make sure im teaching proper naming conventions. thanks for the help.

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