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  1. #1
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    Guidance on Directory Structuring and File naming

    I know this is not really database related, but thought I would post here as I have received really good advice/help here before.

    I am looking for some general guidelines/good practice for directory structuring and file name convention. I have been given a project to develop some guidlines and restructure part of my departments folder structure. The current structure is not very good and their are no guidelines/rules for naming folders or files.

    Would appreciate some help if anyone knows any good websites or acrobat PDF files that give guidance on good practice in directory structuring and file naming.

    Thanks

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    That depends on what OS you're working on ... Do you want users to be able to access the directories and files?

    You can name them in russian, klingon, by Stardate, expletives(porn world), etc ...

    Generally, you'd name your files something that indicates what's inside of it ... AND you'd do the same for your directories.

    Ex:

    Eat->
    Sh*t->
    And->
    Die->
    Mo**erF***ker


    Back to Access ... ADO is not the way to go for speed ...

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    Nice.

    I follow two rules in file naming and folder naming:
    1) Never use spaces. Instead, run words together but capitalize first letter of each word.
    2) When including a date in a file or folder name, use the YYMMDD format rather than the standard MMDDYY, which does not sort correctly.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

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    A favorite of my buddy Gary's and my old pal Rob.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blindman
    1) Never use spaces. Instead, run words together but capitalize first letter of each word.
    Depends if you are going to have this on Linux\ Unix. In those environments you are best advised to always use lower case.

    I would also make sure that you try to keep the structure as shallow as you can (within reason of course).
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    Ok. Thanks for the help (serious or otherwise).
    Guess that is why I could not find much info in web searches as it is very specific to your particular situation and mostly it is common sense/good practice.

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    I found one or two - you could maybe try looking at advice for directory structures\ conventions for websites. Not all is applicable but some might give you an idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamS24
    ...it is common sense/good practice.
    That's all you need
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