Conrad's ALFS comments

Heinz Kirchmann kirchman at
Tue Aug 27 00:51:52 PDT 2002

> Yes. Although dated now, when C and UNIX popularity began to spread, they
> advocated brevity for a number of reasons. Some related to the equipment
> of the time and some related to most of us programmer types couldn't
> really type all that fast (or well :P ). Since they were Bell Labs people,
> they didn't have (m)any concerns for long-term maintenance issues, so
> short names were the order or the day.
Yes, but today there is emacs and its resourceful completion function 
(M-/). So in my eyes there is no argument left to use short cryptic 
variable names (however mnemonic they may be for the writer of the 


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