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Conventions for file/folder naming


  • General rule: aim for local consistency i.e., follow the conventions/patterns followed by other files/folders in the neighborhood.
    • If the project uses a framework that has a specific file naming convention, follow that instead.

  • If there is no existing pattern to follow:
    • Use camelCase whenever possible. e.g.
    • If the name has multiple phrases, use - to separate phrases. e.g. codingStyle-javaBasic.html

  • Try to user common prefixes so that similar files appear together when sorted by name.
    Good codingStyle-java.html, codingStyle-html.html
    Bad: javaCodingStyle.html, htmlCodingStyle.html

  • Prefer plurals if the file/folder contains multiple items of same type e.g. docs instead of doc