Software Development Jargon and Collecting Underpants.
I spent a considerable portion of this evening reading New Programming Jargon. The article documents software jargon such as:
- Egyptian Brackets: When the opening curly bracket is on the same line as the conditional, and the closing curly bracket is un-indented on the last line.
- Common Law Feature: A bug so old that it's now expected behavior.
- Rubber Ducking: Talking out a software problem; it could have been done with a rubber ducky instead of a co-worker. AKA potato pairing.
I would like to add one to this list:
- Collecting Underpants: Announcing profit as the end result of the project, without having identified how the finished product will generate revenue.
(See http://www.robineldred.com/2013/03/collecting-underpants.html for more information on collecting underpants.) I first heard this term a few years ago here in Seattle when a fellow glassblowing student and I were discussing our day jobs.
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