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- Subject: Re: Duck Typing?
- From: Lorenzo Donati <lorenzodonatibz@...>
- Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2018 12:54:14 +0200
On 31/07/2018 16:53, Gavin Wraith wrote:
In message <1034F4B2-8C0E-4373-836E-106FFF9AAE0F@gmail.com>
Petite Abeille <email@example.com> wrote:
On Jul 31, 2018, at 1:32 PM, Gavin Wraith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
"Duct tape" sounds like a Chelsea pronunciation of "Duck type", if you are into UK accents.
~10 years to the day :D
Good lord, that is a shock! Loss of short term memory. I really had
forgotten. Thank you for your patience.
You have all my sympathy!
During the years software developers have developed (pun intended!)
quite a remarkable and peculiar sense of humor when giving name to
something, like a new concept or technique.
Sometimes /it is/ somewhat difficult to grasp or remember for people
coming from other scientific/engineering fields.
Although I've been programming since I was 13 (I'm 48 now) and I did it
professionally for a part of my life, I still (albeit rarely) forget
which is which in the SW dev zoo.
Some funny expressions off the top of my head:
shell (as command line interpreter/window)
yoda conditions (if you don't know Star Wars saga you're lost!)
eat your own dog food
to grok (an idea/concept)
to boot (a system)
 It's so widespread now that probably it doesn't sound funny anymore!
But it seems it's origin may be this:
Some related (and fun) links:
I can't remember exactly, but I once read something on these lines:
"Computer science and programming are a very young disciplines, so
developers are like kids in a kindergarten having fun naming things in
funny ways" :-D
BTW, not exactly related to terminology, but I stumbled on it while
googling for the other links and it's fun:
Gavin Wraith (email@example.com)
Home page: http://www.wra1th.plus.com/