Zen and the Art of Managing Variable Data

“First there is data, then there is no data, then there is.”

A Zen koan? No, it’s what happens when you overrun the 4096 character limitation in SCORM 1.2., and get the dreaded “cmi.suspend_data” error. 4096 characters: How many haiku is that?  With diligent practice, we can wipe the mirror clean so the LMS reflects all the data it is sent.

The first thing to realize is that part of that limit is the variable name itself. Like haiku, brevity is the soul of Variable Zen: name variables with minimal tags. For a chess game I developed, the pieces were named “br” and “br2” for Black Rook, and Black Rook 2. It’s not really critical, but it’s nice to have the names at least be shorthand for their actual use.

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