Variable Naming Conventions

When naming variables, use the following recommended format.


[Scope]TypeVariableName

Parameters

[ Scope]

Specifies a character that indicates the range of reference for the variable.

The following table lists suggested values for Scope.

Scope Description

l

Local

t

Parameter

g

Public (Global)

p

Private (Default)

NoteNote

In some cases, explicit scoping does not apply. For example, in the main program of a standalone application, there is no difference in visibility for variables scoped as PUBLIC or PRIVATE. In sample programs, the type prefix is always relevant and required.

Type

Specifies a character that indicates the data type of the variable.

The following table lists suggested values for Type.

Type Description

a

Array

c

Character, Varchar, Varchar (Binary)

y

Currency

d

Date

t

DateTime

b

Double

f

Float

l

Logical

n

Numeric

o

Object

q

Varbinary, Blob

u

Unknown

VariableName

Specifies the name of the variable.

The following example illustrates how the letter "n" indicates that the Counter variable has Numeric type and local scope:

nCounter
lnCounter

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