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Clojure names use kebab-caseλ︎

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kebab-case is a clean, human-readable way to combine the words that would otherwise have spaces.

Cloure uses kebab-case to combines words with a dash, -, rather than a space. e.g. rock-paper-scissors, tic-tac-toe or (def db-spec-development {:db-type "h2" :db-name "banking-on-clojure"})

kebab-case is used throughout Clojure, including

  • Var names with def and function names with defn
  • Local names with let
  • Clojure spec names

kebab-case is used in lisp languages including Clojure. The style is also used in website URLs, e.g.

Using meaningful namesλ︎

To provide greater clarity to human developers, words may be combined for the names used when writing the code. Using multiple words can give greater context in to the purpose of that code.

Using a combination of meaningful names makes understanding and debugging code far easier.

Spaces characters have special meaningλ︎

Programming languages remove spaces between words because the space character is used as a separator when parsing the code.

If spaces were not used as a separator for the some other character would be required, adding complexity to the language syntax.

Other Stylesλ︎

  • camelCase - used in Java and C-style programming languages
  • PascalCase - used in the Pascal programming language
  • snake_case - used for ENVIRONMENT_VARIABLES and database_table_names_and_columns