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A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Programming Case Types

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Programming Case Types

Snake, Camel, Pascal, Kebab and Upper Case Explained

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Ronnie Atuhaire
Feb 13, 2023

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Table of contents

  • Snake Case
  • Camel Case
  • Pascal Case
  • Kebab Case
  • Upper Case
  • Summary
  • Conclusion

Naming conventions play a crucial role in software development as they provide structure and consistency to code. This makes it easier to read, maintain, and debug. Four of the most commonly used naming conventions are Snake, Camel, Pascal, Kebab, and Upper case.

Each of these cases has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it's essential to understand the differences between them to choose the right one for your project. In this article, we will go over the characteristics of each case type and provide examples of when to use them.

Snake Case

Snake case uses an underscore to separate each word in a name. This naming convention is easy to read and is commonly used in programming languages such as Python, Perl, and Ruby. Snake case makes the names of variables and functions self-explanatory, making it easier to understand the purpose of the code.

Example: first_name, last_name, date_of_birth

Camel Case

Camel case combines each word in a name without any separators and capitalizes the first letter of subsequent words. This case type is often used in programming languages such as Java, C#, and JavaScript. Camel case is more concise and easier to type, saving space in the code.

Example: firstName, lastName, dateOfBirth

Pascal Case

Pascal case is similar to Camel case, but it capitalizes the first letter of each word in a name. This naming convention is commonly used in programming languages such as Delphi, Object Pascal, and Ada. Pascal case makes the names of variables and functions easy to recognize and enhances the readability of the code.

Example: FirstName, LastName, DateOfBirth

Kebab Case

Kebab case uses a hyphen to separate each word in a name. This naming convention is used in programming languages such as CSS and HTML. Kebab case makes the names of variables and functions easy to identify, particularly in the context of web development.

Example: first-name, last-name, date-of-birth

Upper Case

Upper case, also known as ALL CAPS, capitalizes every letter in a name. This naming convention is commonly used in programming languages such as SQL and Assembly. Upper case makes names of variables and functions easily distinguishable, especially when dealing with constants.

Example: FIRST_NAME, LAST_NAME, DATE_OF_BIRTH

Summary

In summary, each programming case type has its unique benefits and drawbacks, and the choice of which one to use depends on the specific needs of your project. Snake case is known for its readability and self-documenting code, while camel case is concise and easier to type.

Pascal case is preferred for its readability and recognition, and the kebab case is ideal for web development. It is crucial to choose a consistent naming convention and stick to it throughout the development process.

This list does not exhaust all programming cases but at least it tackles the most used cases because there is a flat case for instance, mixed case, etc.

Conclusion

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