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I’m a big fan of client-side development using HTML / CSS / JavaScript for about the past 2 or 3 years – really ever since I dug into jQuery and really began to appreciate the power that the technologies on the client-side possess.  Nowadays, everything is HTML / CSS / JavaScript – it’s in all the articles, all the techies are talking about it, and it’s on everyones’ resumes.

In looking at candidate resumes or listening to presenters speak about web technologies, we constantly hear “HTML / CSS / JavaScript”.  They’re presented in different order, but regardless, it’s still quite a mouthful to say or read over and over.  It’s 10 syllables – way too much for these OCD days.  And especially since we live in a 140 character world, we need an acronym or a shortening for this term.  I’ve given this much thought and have arrived at my contribution to this serious, serious problem.

 

JACSHT

 

That’s right.  We’ll just take the first two characters of JAvascript, CSs, and HTml, and voila!  A new word!  I mean, we have:

  • AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML – way too long and it’s not even XML all the time anymore!);
  • JSON (JavaScript Object Notation – and is it JAY-son or jay-SOHN?)
  • and so on.

So how could this work?  I think this could lend so much truth to many conversations:

 

HIRING MANAGER: So, do you know JACSHT?

CANDIDATE: No, sir, I don’t know JACSHT.

HIRING MANAGER: How can you expect me to employ you if you don’t know JACSHT?  The whole world is moving towards JACSHT.

CANDIDATE: Sir, I wish I knew as much JACSHT as you.

 

DEV1: I just got back from BUILD and now I know all about JACSHT.

DEV2: Oooh, I’m not doing JACSHT in my job.  I wonder if anyone will care if I’m not doing JACSHT?

 

See how easy this is?  And it really conveys a ton of meaning when a DEV doesn’t know JACSHT.

 

So I’m proposing that we begin to refer to the client side technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript as JACSHT.  It’s easy to say (heck, even a little funny) and communicates effectively when a DEV doesn’t understand that technology.

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:58 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: HTML / CSS / JavaScript – We Need An Acronym

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Sounds like "jackshit" to me. Don't you think?
Left by Mighty on Aug 14, 2011 6:58 AM

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lately I am in acronym mood (btw, apparently in HTML5 acronym tag is deprecated in favor of abbr)

I decided that "minzipped" is the equivalent of minified and gzipped

Also, since JStack has been token already, I came up with an alternative: CJM

Read as "see jam", CJM means CSS, JavaScript, and Markup language, so nobody can bother us about X-HTML versions or HTML5 vs HTML4, or XSLT over XML ... it's always CSS, JavaScript, and generic Markup language.

Does it sound good? Just because I think "yak, shit" won't be adopted in fussy environments :D
Left by WebReflection on Aug 15, 2011 3:57 AM

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HCJ - HyperCascadingJava

*done*
Left by rasmusfl0e on Aug 15, 2011 7:10 AM

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Awesome : )

Also, I think some comments have missed the point by a bit.... of course, maybe i just don't know JACSHT.
Left by Trav on Aug 15, 2011 12:58 PM

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@WebReflection and @Knarf - thanks for the suggestions. But you need to sound out the acronym to really appreciate it. The 'J' is like a 'G' -- I'm in the USA. So it's not 'yacht sh*t'...it's 'Jack sh*t'. :)
Left by David Hoerster on Aug 15, 2011 8:27 PM

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@Trav - I think you're on to something....and you may know more than just that. Thanks for the comment!
Left by David Hoerster on Aug 15, 2011 8:28 PM

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Dave, I agree with a couple other people here.. 'JACKSHIT' (as it'll end up being pronounced) imho should not be an acronym for anything we appreciate and like!
Left by Arun Mahendrakar on Aug 16, 2011 12:50 AM

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lol, I'm still not sure if David is for or against it. Either way, I know a thing or two about JACSHT.

Left by Victor on Oct 11, 2011 7:54 AM

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What about JaSCH for (Ja)va(S)cript, (C)SS, (H)TML?
Left by crankoide on Jun 27, 2012 4:57 AM

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