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Hungarian Notation is misunderstood

Hungarian notation refers to a identifier naming convention.  The variable indicates the variables use – as opposed to what they are.  Hungarian notation is often applied incorrectly.

Hungarian notation usage is characterised by variables using a group of lower case letters followed by a name given by the DBA\Developer\Programmer. Hungarian notation was widely used in the programming with C on MS Windows.

Examples in programming

liFlightPath    (li = long integer)

cAbbreviation (c=character)

I see a  misinterpretation of Hungarian Notation slip into SQL Server via either

a) programmers applying naming conventions, they would normally use in their programming environment

b) Migrating a data structure from another system


Examples of Hungarian Notation misuse in SQL Server






These prefix examples are attempting to describe by what they are. Not the intended usage.

I don’t see the point of adding tbl, sp,fn,idx etc , as that all they can be.  If an object appears after EXEC , it won’t be a table , it will be a procedure.

 Working for different organisations , means dealing with different naming standards – if they have any in the first place.  The main aspect of creating a naming convention is to standardise object name and coding procedures.

See Also

SQL Server Database names with spaces

ISO-11179 Naming Conventions and SQL DDL

Author: Jack Vamvas (


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