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Robdemanc
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25 Aug 2012, 4:49 am

Do you think there is too much terminology in IT? I first starting learning about software development about 20 years ago and it seems to me that every year new terms come out. Sometimes these terms refer to new concepts but often these terms are simply new ways of referring to existing concepts.

Every time I read a tutorial or a blog or some document there are new terms I must look up. It gets on my nerves too. Does anyone else agree with what I am saying?



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25 Aug 2012, 10:42 am

Robdemanc wrote:
Do you think there is too much terminology in IT?


Every field has jargon which a specialist has to learn to work in the field. I don't think IT has any more or less than any field (ever read a graduate-level math book? it would be impenetrable without years of study), but IT tends to change much faster than other fields. Most of this change seems to be churn with no particular purpose, such as each gadget and laptop having different connectors, or the awesomely bad changes to Windows 8 and Gnome 3. (Or FireFox shuffling its menus around for no particular reason.) I think a lot of change is just to keep people busy when there's nothing new coming along. Jargon in IT does need to evolve, like any language. Much of the stuff like mobile devices didn't exist a few years ago, and now we need a jargon to talk about how to develop for them and maintain them.



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26 Aug 2012, 12:53 pm

Robdemanc wrote:
Do you think there is too much terminology in IT? I first starting learning about software development about 20 years ago and it seems to me that every year new terms come out. Sometimes these terms refer to new concepts but often these terms are simply new ways of referring to existing concepts.

Every time I read a tutorial or a blog or some document there are new terms I must look up. It gets on my nerves too. Does anyone else agree with what I am saying?


It does suck, but it is the way of things. :(


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27 Aug 2012, 10:50 am

Heh. Try being in the military.

"Hey, I need to go to S1 and see the CO about my DD-214 so I can EAS."