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When naming variables I (being from the Microsoft programming world) adopted the title case pattern. Multiple words are connected without spaces and the first letter is capitolized. (i.e. FireplaceTimer, SprinklerOnOff, etc.)

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I grew up on C programming were common syntax dictated all lowercase with underscore seperations. So far it seems a little easier for me to distinguish between these variables when reading my scripts because they stand out amoungst the proper English sentences.

One thing I always do with boolean variables is give it a true condition name in past tense. For example, you said SprinklerOnOff. I would always name it "sprinkler_on". Therefore if true, then the sprinkler is on. If false, then I know the sprinkler is off. Another example is "all_lights_on" or "special_condition_reached". When you give a variable a name like SprinklerOnOff it causes me to stop reading code and actually take a moment to think about what true and false will represent in this case. It may seem trivial in this example, but other situations are likely to occur to make this a valuable naming convention.

This is the only one that springs to mind ATM.

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