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The Online Hacker Jargon File

There is a book called The New Hacker's Dictionary .It is the print version of a source on the web called The Online Hacker Jargon File.

This file, together with the related files describing its history, how hackers construct jargon, hacker writing style, etc., is the work of eric S. Raymond.

eric is President of Open Source Initiative and is best known as the "Johnny Hackerseed of Open Source".

The hosting site (www.catb.org) also includes some of his other works in addition to his personal pages.

This Jargon File, a continuing work-in-progress, is not a source of information about current corporate or Wall Street information technology terms.

It is a source of insight into the culture of hackers, their language, their internal disputes (e.g., PDP-10 vs UNIX), their views of legacy systems and more.

And it is a source of laughter. Want to laugh, check out the definition of COBOL (see below).


COBOLCOBOL: This definition on The Online Hacker Jargon File will make any card walloper, suit and code grinder chuckle, and maybe laugh out loud.  (www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/COBOL.html)

The Online Hacker Jargon FileThe Online Hacker Jargon File: This link is to the primary resource page for the file. It includes links, not only to the Jargon File itself, but also to downloadable versions, information on quotation, the book version ( The New Hacker's Dictionary ), jargon construction, hacker style, history, making suggestions, etc.  (www.catb.org/~esr/jargon)

COBOLCOBOL: This definition on The Online Hacker Jargon File will make any card walloper, suit and code grinder chuckle, and maybe laugh out loud.  (www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/COBOL.html)

Open Source InitiativeOpen Source Initiative: This is the organization co-founded by eric . Raymond to promote the concepts and practices of open source.  (opensource.org)

Eric S. Raymonderic S. Raymond: The personal pages of the "Johnny Hackerseed of Open Source".  (www.catb.org/~esr)

catb.orgcatb.org: The site hosting eric S. Raymond, The Online Hacker Jargon File, the How to Become a Hacker FAQ and other items.  (www.catb.org)

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