At 10:51 10/02/02 -0600, you wrote: >>Another good practice (this is mentioned in several programming books) is >>appending the type abbreviation to a variable name. Somewhere I heard that >>this sort of technique actually has a name, but it escapes me right now. All the C and C++ books i read (only 2 or 3, and i never finished 'em!) talked about "Hungarian" notation. I think this referred to the specific set of abbreviations prepended to variable names. The books recommended using this convention, partly as good practice and partly because the Microsoft programmers themselves were supposed to use it to. I don't know any MS employees so i couldn't ask them.