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I have heard the term acme developer of iPhone. I was just wondering, what it stands for?

I think I know the meaning, it is when a developer goes to a client and present's his/her ideas for the app.

Thanks for your help.

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Could you explain or give an example of where you've heard this phrase? –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 7 '11 at 15:01
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acme_Corporation says it all –  jwenting Jun 16 at 12:10
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"Acme" means highest or best, which is why it's appropriated for so many company names, which the Road Runner cartoons parody. So it's kinda hard to tell without more context whether the OP's use is intended ironically or not. That is, if it's intended in its real dictionary meaning, an acme developer would be the killer app provider. If it's intended in its ironic sense, an acme developer would be the blah, ho-hum, we've seen it all and seen it done better app provider.

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If used in the Road Runner sense, it would be spectacular failures. The coyote never does anything ho-hum, and the results are never that something simply doesn't work. –  David Thornley Apr 7 '11 at 19:58
@David Thornley: point well taken. The acme developer then is the guy who confuses metric and English measurements and codes accordingly (think the spacecraft that whacked Mars a while back, or Spinal Tap/Black Sabbath and Stonehenge...) –  PSU Apr 7 '11 at 20:38
I thought the word "Acme" was chosen for its position in the alphabet. It's a tad higher in the phone book than "Best", and well above "Zenith". –  Dan Ray Apr 7 '11 at 20:42
@Dan Ray: I sort of doubt that. If that were the case, I would think it should be "Aardvark" or "AAA Gizmos" to really put it at the top of the list. I think our local phone book has a company called "AAAAA<something or other>". Acme might not even be on the first page. (Well, in my town Zenith would be on about the fifth page, but you know what I mean). –  PSU Apr 7 '11 at 20:46
True. I guess I also think of "Acme" as sort of old-timey, from an era before the alphabetical primacy escalation that would lead to naming your company "A^12 Cleaners". –  Dan Ray Apr 11 '11 at 12:11
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Acme Developers are those who develop wild and wonderful but ultimately useless ideas, much like the Acme company who used to sell gadgets to Wile E Coyote in the RoadRunner cartoons.

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Ah yes, the wacky and long-winded named items that do nothing of note. –  Wayne M Apr 7 '11 at 15:13
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I've never heard the term but maybe it means some generic iPhone app that does nothing special? The only "Acme" I've heard of is the fictional company in the Looney Tunes cartoons that make all kinds of generic items that sound impressive but don't do anything (mostly explosives and anvils used by Wile E. Coyote), and I typically see the term using as reference to some run-of-the-mill, no-name company.

Just a thought.

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