Guidelines for Names

Naming guidelines provide guidance on selecting appropriate identifiers for the elements that make up class libraries including assemblies, namespaces, types, members, and parameters. Choosing identifiers that conform to these guidelines improves the usability of your library and encourages users to trust that your library will not require learning a new set of conventions.

To provide a consistent developer experience, these guidelines are required for publicly exposed elements such as public classes and protected methods. However, for consistency throughout your code and improved maintainability, you should consider using these conventions consistently throughout your code.

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For more information on design guidelines, see the "Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries" book by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams, published by Addison-Wesley, 2005.

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