Vague class names: "Manager" and "Helper"

June 06, 2009 at 06:48 PM | categories: Uncategorized | View Comments


Do not use "Manager" or "Helper" or other null words in a type name.

If you need to add "Manager" of "Helper" to a type name, the type is either poorly named or poorly designed. Likely the latter.

I always agreed with this: names like ConnectionManager and XmlHelper are too vague to be useful. But I never came up with a retort as pithy as this one of Robert Nystrom's:

Types should manage and help themselves.
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