What is the simplest way to say "the whole thing" in German?

I used the word "vollständiger" in the following computer programme:

vollständiger_text = """    
    water vapor    
words = vollständiger_text.split()      

The word "fog" is one of many words inside of the vollständiger text (The whole thing).

I want to replace the phrase vollständiger text with a German phrase for The whole thing.

I worry that the word "vollständiger" is too fancy. How would a child say, "the whole thing", or what is the simplest way to say the "the whole thing" in German?

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    nevermind an actual answer, but using anything but english variable names in a computer program ist considered bad style and should be avoided. Apr 26, 2023 at 18:11
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    @infinitezero I don't think that is true. It depends for whom you write the sources. It's not something I prefer to do, but I wouldn't consider it bad style Apr 26, 2023 at 23:53

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"The whole thing" would be "Das ganze Ding", "die Gesamtheit" (entirety) or maybe even "alles" (everything).

It's tempting to go on a tangent about variable naming, because all of these are actually worse than "vollständiger_text", which is at least somewhat expressive in comparison. Depending on the scope of this variable, it would probably be better to use a name that describes the variable from a business logic perspective rather than a completely technical one, like "wasserdampf_mehrzeilig" or something like that. But, of course, this is offtopic in German Language SE.

Other more expressive but technical ideas: "wortliste_zeilen", "alle_wörter", "liste_textform", ...


In the given context my choice would be


since this matches the common expectation, that a text consists of words.

In general a compound substantive with Gesamt as first part could be found, but I can't recommend the direct translation Ding as second part.

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