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New Hacker's Dictionary, The

AuthorEric S. Raymond Entered2001-01-04 01:47:16 by bcrowell
Editedit data record FreedomPublic domain (disclaimer)
SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science (Computer Science)
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Hey, let's read the dictionary!
by po8 on 2001-01-14 17:56:26, review #102
better than 95%
better than 90%
Editor Eric Raymond's The New Hacker's Dictionary is the definitive reference to the jargon of computing and related disciplines. Based on an older MIT document (the "Jargon File") and with many contributions from the computing community, it is quite complete, and occasionally useful. Most of the definitions are concise and accurate, and some of the etymology is fascinating.

In its second objective, to be entertaining, it succeeds less well. As someone immersed in the field for close to 20 years, I found it enjoyable to read cover-to-cover, but it was far from the most amusing computing dictionary I've ever read(!), an honor accruing to the first edition of Stan Kelly-Bootle's The Devil's DP Dictionary.

As Tom Peterson has said, "free is a very good price," especially for an enormous snapshot of a rapidly changing culture. I highly recommend keeping a copy handy. Just don't plan to read it in one sitting.

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