Gmail eats Python

Marko Rauhamaa marko at pacujo.net
Sun Jul 26 13:48:47 CEST 2015


Jussi Piitulainen <jpiitula at ling.helsinki.fi>:

> I suppose early hackers were also incredibly tolerant of obscure names
> in general.

At first, there was only the machine language. Assembly languages
introduced "mnemonics" for the weaklings who couldn't remember the
opcodes by heart.

(Playing cards went through a somewhat similar transition when Americans
added numbers for those who couldn't immediately perceive the number of
dots on the card.)

To this day, assembly language programmers prefer to keep the mnemonics
short and leave the nonpreschoolers wondering what EIEIO could possibly
stand for.


Marko


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