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Sample DB names: Fun or functional

Tue 12 Oct 2004, 09:26 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
As I finish up the new samples which should go out with our Midas Rich Text LSX Version 3.40 today (available soon from Midas LSX samples page), I am caught in the dilemma I usually face.  My tendency is to give the names of the samples a fun little twist, but I am never sure whether that makes them less obvious sources of information to others.  @Midas A La Carte is fun, but do people know it is a sample showing a shopping cart like interface?  Resourceful Images is the intended name for our new sample about Image Resources, but maybe I should just call it Image Resources.  Similarly, our new sample showing creation, clearing and manipulation of Hide When formulas and flags could be Hide-Whens or Hide It! or Hide in Plain Sight, but while the latter two sound more interesting, they may confuse people, especially if English is not their primary language.

So, interesting or informational, clever or clear, fun or functional?  What should it be?

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What has been said:

222.1. steve hood
(10/13/2004 08:14 AM)

The one suggestion I would make is your prefix all your titles with Midas so that they are grouped together in the open database list..makes evaluation easier :). If you do that then you have more leeway with the fun part of the naming...

222.2. Ben Langhinrichs
(10/13/2004 10:00 AM)

Excellent suggestion. I tend to think of the samplas visually on a workspace, so I forget that others might look them up on an open database list.