Coding Conventions – Naming Enums



Is there a convention for naming enumerations in Java?

My preference is that an enum is a type. So, for instance, you have an enum

Fruit{Apple,Orange,Banana,Pear, ... }

NetworkConnectionType{LAN,Data_3g,Data_4g, ... }

I am opposed to naming it:

FruitEnum
NetworkConnectionTypeEnum

I understand it is easy to pick off which files are enums, but then you would also have:

NetworkConnectionClass
FruitClass

Also, is there a good document describing the same for constants, where to declare them, etc.?

Answer

Enums are classes and should follow the conventions for classes. Instances of an enum are constants and should follow the conventions for constants. So

enum Fruit {APPLE, ORANGE, BANANA, PEAR};

There is no reason for writing FruitEnum any more than FruitClass. You are just wasting four (or five) characters that add no information.

Java itself recommends this approach and it is used in their examples.



Source: stackoverflow