DEV Community

loading...

Is there an art to naming projects?

scrabill profile image Shannon Crabill ・1 min read

My first bootcamp project is due in a few weeks which has me thinking about what I should name my project.

How do you decide on a name for a project?

Previously, I've used whatever comes to mind or makes it clear that the project belongs to a specific lesson. I also feel like once you name something and put it on Github, you are stuck with it forever (or risk a dead URL).

Discussion (5)

Collapse
ssimontis profile image
Scott Simontis

I pick something that is either a pop culture reference no one will understand or something really generic. I find issues like these are wonderful opportunities for me personally to procrastinate, so I have to move past them as soon as possible or else I spiral down the rabbit hole...

Collapse
scrabill profile image
Shannon Crabill Author

I'm a fan of a pop culture reference. My go-to is naming something what it is, which the tech trend/trope of removing all the vowels :)

Collapse
elmuerte profile image
Michiel Hendriks • Edited

There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. -- Phil Karlton

(Often extended with the joke: "and off-by-one errors")

There is no art. Naming things is just plain difficult. Be it names for types, methods/functions, or variables. Names for projects are probably the most difficult. That's why most projects have terrible names. Quite often they start with a placeholder name, with the intent to make up a better in the near future. But that rarely happens.

One way to approach it is to find a relatable name in the public domain, and change it a bit. For example.

Step 1: pick a character from the Greek mythology which did/said something which relates to your project
Step 2: find out some other project already uses
Step 3: back to step one
Step 4: give up and use a random name generator

Or,

Step 1: make a single sentence description of what your project does
Step 2: take the first letters of each word and make a name out of it
Step 3: unable to make a name from it, back to step one
Step 4: give up and use a random name generator

Collapse
vimmer9 profile image
Damir Franusic

I used to use animal names like mink so my last project was named pMINK as in Project Mink. There were also hedgehog, giraffe, gerbil, etc.

Collapse
mxoliver profile image
Oliver

I try to come up with something punny, clever, or whimsical that makes me smile. I am working on a mental health application (mood tracking with data viz, coping tools etc) that I'm calling Pocket Therabuddy because its the therapy buddy that fits in your pocket

Forem Open with the Forem app