ASK DN — Grav vs. Jekyll vs. Other

3 years ago from A P, Position @ Company

  • Pierre de MillyPierre de Milly, 3 years ago

    "hack: verb - cut with rough or heavy blows."

    It seems to me that going into the php files of a wordpress theme and roughly copy/pasting some stuff around while removing huge chunks that you don't need can be metaphorically described as "hacking". I quite like the metaphor in fact.

    7 points
    • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, 3 years ago

      And the second definition from the same source : "Use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system."

      You sound unseasoned when you say you're hacking, when you're not really hacking. Although the second definition works in theory, you still sound like you don't really know what's going on.

      2 points
      • Dan CoatesDan Coates, 3 years ago

        While 'hacking' does have negative connotations these days, a better definition for a 'hacker' is:

        “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.”

        The Use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. definition refers more to black hat hacking.

        It is a pity that many people think only of the negative meaning of hacking as having the attributes of a hacker in the proper sense of the word is quite admirable.

        This is a good article on the history of the term: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/a-short-history-of-hack

        Anyway, my actual point is that the OP is correctly using the term hacking and by discouraging its use in that context you are actually pushing the term further from its original meaning and making yourself sound "unseasoned".

        2 points