Hack - show we use a different term?

Ash Berlin ash_cpan at firemirror.com
Sun Jul 22 13:14:54 BST 2007

Stephen Darlington wrote:
>> The term 'Hack' is used for so many things, some of the computer  
>> related
>> ones are:
>> *"Hack* has several meanings in the technology and computer science  
>> fields:
>> a clever or quick fix to a computer program problem; a clumsy or  
>> inelegant
>> solution to a problem; illegally breaking into a computer,  
>> generally over a
>> network connection; or a modification of a program or device to  
>> give the
>> user access to features otherwise were unavailable to them." -
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hack_%28technology%29
>> The problem I have is whenever I speak to almost anyone not in the
>> technology/computer field they only ever think "illegally breaking  
>> into a
>> computer".
> I agree. I'm not sure that most people in the IT industry know the  
> difference either!
> The non-computer definition I really didn't like was "cut, chop (at)  
> violently" which suggests a level of randomness and imprecision that  
> is completely out of place when writing code.
> (I fact I wrote a rather more detailed piece on about this on my  
> website a few years ago: http://www.zx81.org.uk/computing/opinion/ 
> hackoreng.html)
> Also, am I the only one that gets strange looks when I used the word  
> "kludge" to describe a particularly nasty fix?

A certain project at $work has an entire *namespace* of
Project::Kludge::XYZ >_<

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