Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Fuukin TLA's

CEO. OOA. OOD. PHP. ROI. SOA. TTM. XML. I hate fuukin TLA's.

Do not understand me wrong: Though pressing the world in three letters nowadays seems far too easy and I do not have something personal against Three-Letter-Acronyms, they are in no way cabable to describe the world we live in today. And I don't reckon that tla's are capable to describe the days "spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri"*.

Three letter acronyms are... three letter acronyms. It always depends on what you are doing with (or on) them, or what you might tell the world using them or what the world is telling you using them. Please understand me right: No "tla" is - as such - good or bad at first sight, but they stand for ideas and are highly able to create prejudice simply by mentioning them and activating the assotiations they create (the selection chosen at top of this article was randomly chosen, you might as well replace the abbreviations through your favourite ones instead).

How ridiculous the above mentioned conglomeration of buzz-words really is may simply be shown by building a brief job-description with them:

"Central Executing Officer is searching an Object-Oriented-Architect/Designer to build pages delivered with PHP**. In your future job you need to be able to create a vast Return-On-Investment by building a Service-Oriented-Architecture which helps us getting our products available "Time-To-Market". eXtended-Markup is no foreign -Language for you."

Buzzing-Bingo! - and I did it in alphabetical order, too. Me having to deal with that kind of fancy stuff all day you perhaps understand why I sometimes really wonder who's doing all the programming work... .

So my advice for the day: Don't rely on guys using only buzzing-bingo-words all day long. And, if possible, start to not use them for yourself.

* Stolen from Douglas Adams. Could not resist. Sorry.
** I know I did not "translate" the three letter acronym PHP because nobody would do so in a job description (PHP originally stands for "Private Home Page Tools").



Anonymous Anonymous said...

PHP actually stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, but there you go.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Georgi said...

Seems we both are right, definition of PHP:
recursive acronym for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor", originally "Personal Home Page Tools" :)

9:45 AM  

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