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By Michael Lato,
Naming conventions are used to streamline development when multiple developers are working on a single system, as well as to simplify ongoing maintenance during the Development Lifecycle. There are many different naming conventions for SQL Server and no single convention is necessarily right or wrong. However, a single consistent naming convention should be followed within each database to reduce confusion and to enhance usability. Ideally, follow a single naming convention throughout all SQL Servers in an organization.
I was once faced with the task of "cleaning up" a database with more than 1200 tables and 2000 stored procedures. 80% of these tables and procedures were not in use and needed to be removed. A standard naming convention would have made the cleanup work much faster and would have allowed new developers to learn the system much faster as well.
In addition, a standard naming convention would have allowed for directed text searches to trace specific stored procedures and tables. This would have allowed consolidation of some redundant procedures without having to resort to a "change it and see what breaks" testing methodology.
I have written the "Practical Methods" series as a guide for database developers and administrators that are starting out with SQL Server. The articles are intended to serve as a quick reference and starting point but are not necessarily comprehensive. The articles are written for SQL Server 2005 but most will also apply to SQL Server 2000.
This information has been pulled directly from my day-to-day experience. I hope that you find it useful - Michael Lato
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