[kepler-dev] Naming Conventions for Actors?

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Tue Apr 3 12:55:45 PDT 2007

As a new person, I often feel embarrassed about asking questions that  
may or may not be "tribal knowledge." Sometimes I only need directed  
to a document or site that I may not be aware of to get the answers  
that I need.

Some of my more "nit-picky" notes that I have found, with fresh eyes  
to the project, include the confusion with the "SummaryStatistics"  
actor [Notice no space].

Almost all other actors in the Guide followed a convention that  
included spaces, and capitalized the first letter of every word. When  
looking at a nightly build, I see the actors in Components -> Data  
Input -> Local Input, for example, have a mix of conventions. Most are  
of the convention mentioned, like "Binary File Reader", "Current  
Time," and "Directory Listing." Others omit the spaces, similar to  
some Object Oriented naming conventions (which is obviously  
appropriate) like "ClimateChangeFileProcessor" and  

I am assuming from the sheer number of actors of the first convention,  
the standard includes spaces and that external actors like  
"ClimateChangeFileProcessor" and "ClimateFileProcessor" all came from  
the same source that did not follow the convention. Am I incorrect?

Where can I find naming conventions and programming guidelines? They  
are obviously important because, as an end-user, there is a different  
searching behavior (and returned results) depending upon how an actor  
is named.

Again, thank you to everyone thus far that has been extremely helpful.

Warmest Regards,

Glen Jarvis
glen at glenjarvis.com

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -M. Gandhi

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