Re: History behind 30 character name limit?

From: Serge Rielau <>
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008 10:22:22 -0500
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Rene Nyffenegger wrote:

>> You do not need object names over 30 characters in length and trying
>> to maintain code where long object names force scrolling right and
>> left to be able to read a single line of code is extremely difficult
>> for most developers.

> This is a statement I happen not to agree with. It's been more than
> once that I'd have been happy to use identifiers for tables that
> had been longer than 30 characters. Because you don't want or need
> them, doesn't mean the same thing for me. And lastly, if I actually
> could create objects with longer names doesn't stop you from not
> doing so, but the opposite isn't unfortunately true.
Presumably the limit is not 30 characters but rather 30 bytes? If so add chinese characters to the mix...

Anyways, it was said earlier that lifting such limits is not easy. Very true. Lot's of grunt work, no marketing advantage, no patents, ...


Serge Rielau
DB2 Solutions Development
IBM Toronto Lab
Received on Sat Mar 08 2008 - 09:22:22 CST

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