Name Booleans Carefully

Give them names that suggest a binary outcome.


When you’re using a boolean variable, you want to make it clear to the reader that this variable can only have one of two values: true or false. Names like “status” or “flag” are bad for booleans.

While “engineFunctioningStatus” may be stored as a boolean, using the word status seems to imply that there maybe several different possible values beyond true or false, such as “degraded” or “performance mode.”

A better boolean name would be something like “engineIsRunning.” It either is, or it isn’t. You want a name that strongly suggests a binary outcome.
Always use positive names. Having to figure out double negatives in your head quickly leads to bugs and errors. You would not want a boolean variable named “engineIsNotRunning.”

Other good examples include “fileIsFound”, “orderIsReadyForShipment”, “deliQueueEmpty”. Use words from the domain to clarify the meaning.