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The status antipattern

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In a new blogpost on vemv.net the author (I couldn't find his real name) argues against using a simple status field.

Dear programmer, do you ever use the name state for your variables? Like state = 42? “Hell no, that’s a terribly generic word. Better to use the domain-specific wording the variable refers to: is_invoiced, visit_count, shopping_cart, things like that.”

Sounds reasonable. But sometimes, you have a database column called status, and use it through your codebase, right? “Yes.”

Were you aware that status and state mean basically the same thing in English? “Uhm…”

https://blog.vemv.net/the-status-antipattern-479c26c7ddf7

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