Fri, 12 Dec 2003

Atom Presentation

Next time someone tells you that Atom should just adopt RSS as a feed format, or that underspecification is close enough for horseshoes and hand-grenades, or whatever, bonk 'em in the gums with this. I wish I could have seen the full presentation.

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The Magic Word:
Which planet is closest to the sun? (hint -- it's Mercury...)

“We invented a new protocol and called it Kermit, after Kermit the Frog,
star of “The Muppet Show.” [3]

[3] Why? Mostly because there was a Muppets calendar on the wall when we
were trying to think of a name, and Kermit is a pleasant, unassuming sort of
character. But since we weren’t sure whether it was OK to name our protocol
after this popular television and movie star, we pretended that KERMIT was an
acronym; unfortunately, we could never find a good set of words to go with the
letters, as readers of some of our early source code can attest. Later, while
looking through a name book for his forthcoming baby, Bill Catchings noticed
that “Kermit” was a Celtic word for “free”, which is what all Kermit programs
should be, and words to this effect replaced the strained acronyms in our
source code (Bill’s baby turned out to be a girl, so he had to name her Becky
instead). When BYTE Magazine was preparing our 1984 Kermit article for
publication, they suggested we contact Henson Associates Inc. for permission
to say that we did indeed name the protocol after Kermit the Frog. Permission
was kindly granted, and now the real story can be told. I resisted the
temptation, however, to call the present work “Kermit the Book.”
— Frank da Cruz, “Kermit - A File Transfer Protocol”