What’s a good naming convention for a lookup map/hash


In data processing, I frequently need to create a lookup data structure to map one identifier to another. As a concrete example, let's take a structure which holds a 1-to-1 mapping between a country's 2 character code and its full name. In it we would have

AD -> Andorra   
AE -> United Arab Emirates  
AF -> Afghanistan

What's a good name for the variable that would hold this map? Some ideas (I'll use camel-case names):


Best Solution

My vote would be for codeToName in this particular case, and I guess that generalizes. That's not to say that it's the name I would have chosen myself in all cases; that depends a lot on scope, further encapsulation, and so on. But it feels like a good name, that should help make your code readable:

String country = codeToName["SV"];

Looks fairly nice, should be easily understandable by anyone. Possibly change the word "code" to something more precise ("countrycode" would be my next choice).

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