Standardized Naming Conventions for Visual Basic .NET

By Richard Mansfield

Part of Visual Basic.NET All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re programming, names are important. If you’re programming with Visual Basic .NET, the following table can be a major help in getting the names right. It gives the common prefix to use when naming objects so you can quickly tell your check boxes from your combo boxes and your radio buttons from your record sets.

Prefix Corresponding Object Example Prefix Corresponding Object Example
Acd ActiveDoc AcdMainPage Hpl HyperLink HplURL
Chk CheckBox ChkBoldface Lbl Label LblContents
Cbo ComboBox CboDropper Lst ListBox LstNames
Cm ADO command (database) CmMyCommand Pag Page PagTurn
Cmd CommandButton CmdExit Pgf PageFrame PgfRule
Cmg CommandGroup CmgSelectOne Prj ProjectHook PrjSuzerine
Cn Connection (database) CnMyConnex Rb RadioButton RbBlueBackground
Con Container CntFramed Rs Recordset (database) RsTotalSales
Ctr Control CtlSeeThis Sep Separator SepZone
Fld Field (database) FldTitles Spn Spinner SpnWatch
Frm Form FrmColors Txt TextBox TxtAddress
Frs FormSet FrsTypeIn Tmr Timer TmrAnimation
Grd Grid GrdGoods Tbr ToolBar TbrDropThis
Grc Column (in grid) GrcQuantity Tbl Table (database) TblTitles
Grh Header (in grid) GrhYearsResults