A Primer on Programming Jargon

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PROGRAMMING JARGON AND WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE THINK THEY MEAN (Inspired by Andrea and the engineers of Decisive)

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Being a programmer comes with a lot of oddities (to a normal person).

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One of them is stripping normal words of their innocence and turning them into programming jargon.

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Here are 10 programming words/phrases and what they mean for normal people.

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BUG A bug is a general term used to describe any unexpected problem with hardware or software.

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What it really means:

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WTF? Microscopic Plant Bug

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SHARD “A database shard is a horizontal partition of data in a database or search engine. Each individual partition is referred to as a shard or database shard.” (via Wikipedia)

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What it really means:

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A piece of broken glass, ceramic, metal, or rock. Makes sense...

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PANDAS “Pandas is a software library written for the Python programming language for data manipulation and analysis.” (via Wikipedia)

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What it really means:

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SEED “When referring to computer programming, security, or software a random seed is a number or other value that has been generated by software using one or more values. For example, hardware information, time, or date are different examples of values that can be used to help generate a random value used by a program or encryption.” (via Computer Hope)

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What it really means:

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Remember the days?

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PYTHON “Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language that was first developed by Guido van Rossum and released in 1991.” (via Computer Hope)

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What it really means:

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SPAGHETTI CODE “Slang used to describe a program’s source code that is difficult to read or follow by a human because of how the original programmer wrote the code.” (via Computer Hope)

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What it Really means:

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Do you mind?

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DJANGO “Django is a web application framework from the Django Software Foundation which aims to make the creation of database-driven websites easier.” (via Computer Hope)

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What it really means:

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The D is silent.

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RUBBERDUCKING Talking with other engineers to solve a problem.

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What it really means:

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A kid’s dream.

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YODA CONDITIONS “Yoda conditions (also called Yoda notation) is a programming style where the two parts of an expression are reversed from the typical order in a conditional statement.” (via Wikipedia)

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What it really means:

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“PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan”

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DYNAMIC DUMP “A dynamic dump is the process performed by a programmer that terminates a program before it has properly closed in order to obtain a list of operating commands and memory functions that are active at the time of termination.” (via Computer Hope)

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What it really means:

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No comment.

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