"There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors."
- Martin Fowler
All jokes aside. Naming things can be a major pain. It can be hard to nail that balance of what's original, memorable, and available.
Yes, and no. I gave jquery-csv it's name to piggyback on the jQuery hype back in 2011. And... it worked.
Unfortunately, what was once a benefit is now a drawback. It doesn't matter that it's RFC compliant, the fastest CSV parser in the JS, and that it doesn't even really depend on jQuery. It might as well be named 'legacy-csv' because the ecosystem has moved on from jQuery.
I have since done a full rewrite named csv-es but there's no guarantee that the new lib will ever share the prominence of it's predecessor.
Given a do-over, I would have picked a more original name.
Honestly, it doesn't matter. A name alone doesn't make a successful project.
Things that will make a project successful
- clear and understandable documentation
- demos outlining every feature/capability
- promoting the project on social media
- suggesting it in relevant StackOverflow answers
- publishing articles showing how to use it
- giving presentations demonstrating its benefits
Really, what makes a project (even Open Source projects) successful is usable demos, good quality documentation, and better marketing.
Don't get stuck obsessing over the name
If you're really struggling
- Write down 10 different names that could work
- Wait a day
- Look at the names again
- Pick the one you like best
If that fails, rinse and repeat.
Is the name available? Go to npmjs.com and search for it
Chances are, it's probably already taken. Not only is it taken but every viable variation of it is also taken.
If one of the names is being squatted on (ie dead GitHub link), you could try filing a dispute with NPM.
Or! Like I said previously the name doesn't matter as long as it's original, memorable, and available.
So, open a thesaurus, use the Latin equivalent, create a portmanteau, play Ouija; do whatever it takes to unblock your creativity an pick the thing so you can move on.
The step most first-time Authors worry about the most is also the least significant. The less time you waste on this, the more time you'll have to dedicate to value-add work. Writing documentation, building demos, promoting projects.
And always remember, La Onda don't shine shoes.