TLA Dictionary

Three Letter Abbreviations
in Computer Science
and Computer Technology

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

The Abbreviation Phenomenon

There are a possible 17576 three letter abbreviations (using only the 26 letters of the standard alphabet). I must have come across at least several thousand different ones in the past fifteen years of reading, hacking and programming. Computer people have some kind of preference in the use of abbreviations. Probably because programmers hate to type more than 2..4 characters at any given time when they are working (just take a look at the unix command set and their source files, then you know what I mean...). One problem never seemed to get solved; what do all those abbreviations mean? Do you know? I don't. Maybe this is why the DDJ had an editorial series about the TLA phenomenon a few years ago. It certainly seemed to be a good idea to make a complete dictionary about all the TLAs that were and are in use. You, as reader of these www pages, are encouraged to participate in the completion of the complete TLA dictionary.

There are 109 TLAs (0.62%) in the dictionary at the moment

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Here are the links to all TLAs available:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

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There are also a few TLAs that popped up somewhere in the past and everybody has seemed to forgotten the meaning. If you are interested in solving the misteries of lost and unsolved TLAs, then take a look at the unsolved TLAs and mail the correct answer.


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