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Part VIII: Appendices > Naming Conventions

Appendix A. Naming Conventions

When working in the Microsoft Access development environment, you should use a naming convention that defines guidelines on how to name variables, objects, and components in Microsoft Visual Basic for Application (VBA) programs, forms, reports, and so forth. Naming conventions allow users to determine information about the properties of an object (for example, a variable) just by looking at its name. Naming conventions are also intended to make programs easier to read and improve cooperation among programming teams.

Microsoft Office 2000 Developer Tools, available at http://www.microsoft.com, includes “Naming Guidelines for Visual Basic” from Microsoft Consulting Services. You can find these guidelines in the MCS Naming Conventions.doc file in the folder \Odetools\V9\Samples\Opgappendixes on the corresponding CD-ROM. Unfortunately, the naming conventions date from 1997, which means that they do not contain naming conventions for ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) objects, for example.


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