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The New Hacker's Dictionary - 3rd Edition

by Eric S. Raymond

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This is indeed one of the few dictionaries that you can read from cover to cover and still have lots of fun. It shows its age but many terms are still in use today. The dictionary reflects the mindset, culture and a short history of the hacking. You can think of it as the perfect companion to Steven Levy's 'Hackers' book. ( )
  EmreSevinc | Apr 10, 2010 |
The Jargon File, on which this book is based, has been the definitive guide to online jargon pretty much since there was an online to create jargon about. You may want another book to spell out acronyms and decipher industry-speak, but if you've been thrown in with a bunch of real geeks for the first time and can't understand what seems to be a language of its own, this book is better than Berlitz.

Even people for whom 'foobar' is not a foreign word will enjoy the essays and jokes in The New Hacker's Dictionary, and there's bound to be a phrase or two you can learn from the nerd subculture down the hall.

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  szarka | Jul 17, 2009 |
This is the print resource for The Jargon File ( http://catb.org/jargon/ ) and all the entries and "Crunchly" cartoons in the book can be found indexed on the website. That being said, that book is insanely fun to flip through. This is a dictionary of hacker slang and is incredibly detailed. Consider this book very outdated, but an important piece of history.

For a good laugh, I also recommend reading "Know your System Administrator," ( http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/know.your.sysadmin.html ) which I remember reading and sharing fondly around the time this book came out.

I have the 2nd edition. The 3rd edition, released in 1996, seems to be the newest, with "100 new entries and updates [on] 200 entries."
  JFDR | Jul 17, 2009 |
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This third edition of the tremendously popular Hacker's Dictionary adds 100 new entries and updates 200 entries. In case you aren't familiar with it, this is no snoozer dictionary of technical terms, although you'll certainly find accurate definitions for most techie jargon. It's the slang and secret language among computer jocks that offers the most fun. Don't know what the Infinite-Monkey Theorem is? Or the meaning of "rat dance?" It's all here. Most people don't sit down to read dictionaries for entertainment, but this is surely an exception.

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