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  • Title The New Hacker's Dictionary (The Jargon File)
  • Author(s) Eric S. Raymond
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 3rd edition (1996); eBook (Public Domain, VERSION 4.x, 2002)
  • Permission: This document (the Jargon File) is in the public domain, to be freely used, shared, and modified.
  • Paperback: 547 pages
  • eBook: HTML and PDF (713 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262680920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262680929
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Book Description

This document is a collection of slang terms used by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material is included for background and flavor, it is not a technical dictionary; what we describe here is the language hackers use among themselves for fun, social communication, and technical debate.

This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more. Historically and etymologically richer than its predecessor, it supplies additional background on existing entries and clarifies the murky origins of several important jargon terms (overturning a few long-standing folk etymologies) while still retaining its high giggle value.

In case you aren't familiar with it, this is no snoozer dictionary of technical terms, although you'll certainly find accurate definitions for most techie jargon. It's the slang and secret language among computer jocks that offers the most fun. Don't know what the Infinite-Monkey Theorem is? Or the meaning of "rat dance?" It's all here. Most people don't sit down to read dictionaries for entertainment, but this is surely an exception.

About the Authors
  • Eric S. Raymond is an American software developer, open-source software advocate and an independent developer and writer. He has been a Unix developer since 1982.
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