Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:46 UTC
In the News As we reported earlier this week, Apple is busy sending out cease and desist letters to small, defenceless projects to defend its trademark application (it doesn't actually own the trademark yet) for 'app store'. This has prompted many a discussion over the trademarkability of such a generic term, and over the origins of the abbreviation 'app'. Who came up with it? How old is it? To my surprise - the abbreviation is much older than you'd think, and in a way, it illustrates quite well the demise of the programmer. What? Read on.
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The Jargon File
by jabbotts on Tue 28th Jun 2011 12:16 UTC
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

It's listed in The Jargon File also though with no date of earliest usage.

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/A/app.html

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RE: The Jargon File
by MrWeeble on Wed 29th Jun 2011 13:30 in reply to "The Jargon File"
MrWeeble Member since:
2007-04-18

That entry dates back to the June 1990 version of the Jargon File [1]

The entry for "Killer App" (added to the Jargon file in July 1996 [2]) dates the usage of that term to the "mid 1980s"

[1] http://www.catb.org/jargon/oldversions/jarg211.txt
[2] http://www.catb.org/jargon/oldversions/jarg400.txt

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RE[2]: The Jargon File
by jabbotts on Wed 29th Jun 2011 15:15 in reply to "RE: The Jargon File"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'm suddenly seeing rockets and missiles overlayed on an incredibly realistic starfield. ;)

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