- REAL USER
- n.1. A commercial user. One who is paying "real" money for
his computer usage.
2.A non-hacker. Someone using the system for
an explicit purpose (research project, course, etc.). See USER.
- REAL WORLD, THE
- n.1.In programming, those institutions at which
programming may be used in the same sentence as FORTRAN, COBOL,
RPG, IBM, etc.
2. To programmers, the location of non-programmers
and activities not related to programming.
3. A universe in which
the standard dress is shirt and tie and in which a person's working
hours are defined as 9 to 5.
4. The location of the status quo.
5. Anywhere outside a university. "Poor fellow, he's left MIT and
gone into the real world." Used pejoratively by those not in
residence there. In conversation, talking of someone who has
entered the real world is not unlike talking about a deceased
- n. See RECURSION, TAIL RECURSION.
- See BIN.
- RIGHT THING, THE
- n. That which is "obviously" the correct or
appropriate thing to use, do, say, etc. Use of this term often
implies that in fact reasonable people may disagree. "Never let
your conscience keep you from doing the right thing!" "What's the
right thing for LISP to do when it reads '(.)'?"
- (WPI) adj. 1. (of a program) Badly written.
poor, e.g. a program which is very difficult to use because of
gratuitously poor (random?) design decisions. See CUSPY.
- adj. Reserved for the exclusive use of something (a
metaphorical extension of the standard meaning). "Accumulator 7 is
sacred to the UUO handler." Often means that anyone may look at
the sacred object, but clobbering it will screw whatever it is
- (WPI) n. A cuspy but bogus raving story dealing with N random
- (save) See BIN.
- 1. n. Abbreviation for "semicolon", when speaking. "Commands to
GRIND are prefixed by semi-semi-star" means that the prefix is
";;*", not 1/4 of a star.
2.Prefix with words such as
"immediately", as a qualifier. "When is the system coming up?"