Code Smell 247 - Javascript Function Namingby@mcsee
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Code Smell 247 - Javascript Function Naming

by Maximiliano ContieriApril 16th, 2024
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Some names in immature languages break the [bijection] principle. Avoid ambiguous or bad names. Wrap with your functions. Use mature languages. Don't use *replace()* instead of *replaceAll()* in your code. Use *replaceFirst()* if you need to change only the first occurrence.
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TL;DR: Bad function names will lead you to defects



  1. Avoid ambiguous or bad names
  2. Wrap with your functions
  3. Use mature languages


Some names in immature languages break the bijection principle.

When you use them, you agree on some semantics that are not the actual behavior.

Consequently, you must know accidental implementations to avoid this defect.

Sample Code


const pets = '😺🐶😺';
const justDogs = pets.replace('😺', '🐩');

const catsArePresent = justDogs.includes('😺');
// returns true


const pets = '😺🐶😺';

const justDogs = pets.replaceAll('😺', '🐩');
// Or
const justDogs = pets.replace(/😺/g, '');

const catsArePresent = justDogs.includes('😺');
// returns false


  • [x]Automatic

You can search and forbid the usage of replace() in your code and define replaceFirst() if you need to change only the first occurrence


  • Naming


  • [x]Beginner

AI Generation

All generators avoided this problem.

AI Detection

ChatGPT and Copilot use Regular Expressions to solve the problem.

Gemini and Claude failed to spot the mistake.

None of them use replaceAll() (introduced in ES2021)


Using replace() instead of replaceAll() would not fully achieve the intended result of replacing all occurrences.

It would only replace the first occurrence, potentially leading to incorrect behavior if there are multiple occurrences.


Code Smell 38 - Abstract Names

Code Smell 41 - Regular Expression Abusers

More Info

What exactly is a name - Part II Rehab


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