A funny thing happened on the way past our developers today. I was asked what reports and calculations may be necessary to collect and display out of the next iteration of our shopping cart. Now, I’m not a tech guy and the database schema was laid out in all its complexity for my review. I was stumped by the column temporarily titled “Sum_Of_Valid_Charges” and asked what it was. Our otherwise brilliant database guru explained the data field to me (at least three times – I’m slow) and how it was calculated and the relationships among the various pipes and tables. I asked if there were “invalid charges.” No? Ok then, what is it? In the end, I got “well, it’s pretty much the total billed minus refunds.” Eureka – there is your title. Why not just called it what it is? The expression on his face was priceless. He sheepishly looked at me, sighed, and said I really hate you, in a most respectful way, of course. “Total_Billed_Minus_Refunds.” It pays to call it like it is.