FAQ: Introduction to Ruby - Variables

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I’ve just got to Ruby from Javascript.

In JS the variable naming convention seemed to be:


whereas Ruby is:


Am I right in saying this? Are there rules/best practices for this?

they are not rules, but each language has recommendations for naming convention. cammelCase (see what i did there :wink: ) and underscore_case are the most common ones. PHP and JS use cammelCase while ruby and python underscore_case (in python its named snake_case, because well, its funny :stuck_out_tongue: )


Thanks for that.

Per language you can find these recommendations. For example python uses snake case for variable:

my_var = 3

but pascal case for classes:


(here the first letter is also uppercase, so its different then cammelCase, in JS sometimes there is also kebab-case (with hyphen), mostly when dealing with DOM specific aspects of the JS language.