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Jun
23
comment Where does the the term “feature creep” come from?
Here's a 1960 "nucleur creep" and a 1983 "speciality creep", both from Military Review.
Jun
18
comment Why is it preferred to write a commit message in present tense/imperative mood?
See also exquisitetweets.com/collection/hugovk/1258 english.stackexchange.com/q/6602/9001 stackoverflow.com/q/3580013/724176 stackoverflow.com/q/1753808/724176
Jun
18
comment Version control comments - past or present tense
See also exquisitetweets.com/collection/hugovk/1258 english.stackexchange.com/q/6602/9001 programmers.stackexchange.com/q/157590/25708 stackoverflow.com/q/3580013/724176 stackoverflow.com/q/1753808/724176
Dec
27
comment Transport information screens
Have a look at this, experiments into using cheap Chromecast devices for digital signage in a museum: labs.cooperhewitt.org/2013/… Open source as well.
Apr
29
comment How did the term “hypervisor” come into use?
Not all IBM's technical reports are published in journals. I couldn't find it here -- domino.research.ibm.com/library/cyberdig.nsf/index.html -- but there's an email address.
Apr
29
comment How did the term “hypervisor” come into use?
Here's a full citation: R. Adair, R. Bayles, L. Comeau, and R. Creasy. A virtual machine system for the 360/40. Technical Report 320-2007, IBM Corporation, Cambridge Scientific Center, May 1966.
Jan
21
comment Where does the the term “feature creep” come from?
From Google Books, here's a possible 1988 and 1989 feature creep, but they're snippets so the dates could be wrong.
Jan
6
comment Is “frontend” generic term or it is used only in web design?
See also: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/177143/…
Nov
30
comment How to deal with well-meaning open-source contributors?
@Solo: Certainly. It's also OK to expect/ask the contributor to maintain and fix bugs in their feature, at least until the rest of the team learns that code, and especially for larger commits.
Nov
26
comment Where does the term “Front End” come from?
I've submitted both antedatings to the OED.
Jan
8
comment Is documentation a User Story?
If documentation is needed, eventually it can become part of the definition of done.
Dec
23
comment Who decided on the terminology downcasting and upcasting?
Downcasting references from 1992: Allen I. Holub - C + C++: programming with objects in C and C++, Raimund K. Ege, Madhu Singh, Bertrand Meyer - Technology of object-oriented languages and systems: TOOLS 8 : proceedings of the eighth International Conference, TOOLS Santa Barbara 1992, Richard Wiener - Journal of object-oriented programming, Volume 5.
Dec
23
comment Who decided on the terminology downcasting and upcasting?
It's not so easy to search for their origins because upcasting and downcasting have older meanings. But perhaps those meanings influenced the OOP words. But the Ngram shows big increases around 1980 and 1995. The earliest certain references to downcast[ing] I found are from 1992 in C++ literature...
Nov
7
comment Are there standard practices when writing a spec for a software development project?
@MaR Yes, that's also a good idea. However, I think line numbers are also useful for pinpointing exact descriptions of text, especially for multi-line requirements or multi-sentence descriptions.
Nov
6
comment How to deal with users who think their computer could think?
@Andrew: "I swear that shopping trolley hates me, it never goes in the right direction..."
Nov
6
comment Why is an array of characters called a String in Object Oriented languages?
Possible duplicate of programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/43329/… and also dealt with in detail at stackoverflow.com/questions/880195/…
Oct
31
comment Is “truthiness” a legitimate programming term?
Edison wrote in 1878: It has been just so in all of my inventions. The first step is an intuition, and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise—this thing gives out and [it is] then that 'Bugs' — as such little faults and difficulties are called—show themselves and months of intense watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success or failure is certainly reached. Sounds very similar to modern software bugs to me.
Oct
31
comment Is “truthiness” a legitimate programming term?
@DeanHarding There are ways of searching for words before a given date, for example using Google Books and in Usenet.
Oct
31
comment Is “truthiness” a legitimate programming term?
I couldn't find any from ACM or IEEE before 2006.
Oct
20
comment List of reserved words a username can't be?
This is a bit like how Flickr have done it: flickr.com/photos/username but at some point they made it so flickr.com/username will redirect. However, some people have usernames that cannot redirect, such as photos and about.