Jargons of Software Industry

when programers use math jargons, such as git directed acyclic graph, or haskell monad, or some http ideompotency, or lisp homoiconicity, they dunno which side is mouth, which side is ass.

how i see my coworkers talk as a non-programer

Naming, terminalogy, are critical, because misnomers create perpetual misunderstanding.

use the Comp Jargon Panel Index on the left.


following articles are not on the side panel, for technical reasons.

What's Regular in Regular Expression?

the term “regular expression” came from “regular grammar”. The word “regular” there is a misnomer. It should be replaced by “linear”. 〔►see Formal Definition of Systematic Grammar

Jargon “Lexical”

the “lexical” in “lexical scope” and “lexical grammar” are totally different. The former pertains to “textual”, the latter “identifier/word/token”.

Jargon “Hygienic Macro”

in Scheme lisp, there's hygienic macro. That added “hygienic” made it abstruse. A better name is simply macro, or Racket lisp's even better “define-syntax-rule”. The Common Lisp case, is simply a bug.

Jargon “Datatype”

“datatype” is a confusing term. It may refer to 2 things: ① computer language's types. For example, int, string, list, array, vector, hashtable. ② data structure of algorithms. For example, linked list, tree, hashtable, associative list, set. This confusion, engendered countless arguments in language crowd. For example, {list, array}.

Jargon “Object”

〔►see Object Oriented Programing: is Object Data or Namespace?

〔►see Meaning of Object in Computer Languages

Tag, Element, Node, Object, Attribute, Property, Method

What's the Difference Between Tag, Element, Node, Object, Attribute, Property, Method?


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