Rise and fall of the Hungarian notation

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I recently stumbled on the Making Wrong Code Look Wrong article, which reminded me about the Pascal coding I was doing with my friends on MS-DOS and Windows 3.x back in 1993. At that time we were using Hungarian notation widely, partly because of studying on the mythical Programming Windows book by Charles Petzold; now, reading this article, I finally understand that the notation we were using was not the one meant by Microsoft's programmer Charles Simonyi (who invented it), but a far less useful variation of it used by many coders, including Petzold. We were having a lot of fun, anyway!

Now Hungarian notation is not used anymore, as it's even discouraged by Microsoft. However, reading this article is a must-do for every coder, especially for the nostalgic ones. ;-)

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This page contains a single entry by Michele Beltrame published on July 11, 2006 9:59 AM.

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