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  Seven Low-Cost Ways to Improve Legacy Code
Subject:   Enums and "Constant Object"
Date:   2004-10-28 09:20:11
From:   Robert Simmons Jr. (Kraythe)
Response to: Enums and "Constant Object"

"In programming, a constant is a value that never changes. The other type of values that programs use is variables, symbols that can represent different values throughout the course of a program."[1]


Since these objects are alocated at initialization and never change, they are constants.


As for the terms for them, its a matter of splitting of irrelevant hairs. The importance is in the concept, not the label. Call them Freds for all I care.


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[1] http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/c/constant.html

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  • Enums and "Constant Object"
    2004-10-28 09:30:40  dubwai [View]

    "As for the terms for them, its a matter of splitting of irrelevant hairs. The importance is in the concept, not the label. Call them Freds for all I care."

    That's fine for casual conversation but I don't think it's OK for technical books or articles.

    I have a book that describes certain well-known patterns improperly. The pattern described is useful but the name is normally assigned to something else entirely. This isn't just splittuing hairs. It puts the reader at a disadvantage when conversing with others. It's hard to communicate when people don't agree on the definitions of words.