Today's Word "Hacker"

Person who enjoys programming on

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hacker \HACK-uhr\ (noun) - 1 : A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. 2 : One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming. 3 : A person capable of appreciating hack value. 4 : A person who is good at programming quickly. 5 : An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a Unix hacker'. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.) 6 : An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example. 7 : One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations. 8 : [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence 'password hacker', 'network hacker'. The correct term for this sense is cracker.

"After the program John was working on crashed for the eighteenth time in twenty minutes, he attacked the innards of the machine with an axe, suddenly making him a hacker in more ways than one."


Originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe.


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