October 1, 2002
Acronym Shortage Threatens Web Services Community
Seymour Davis-Larson, Techno-Journalist
Web services developers across the globe pounded keyboards in frustration
today over the increasing scarcity of cool acronyms. Mirroring the domain
name gold rush of the nineties, each passing week sees the number of funky
and clever acronyms reduced. Several leading Web services companies have
called in trauma counsellors to assuage the fears of skittish architects.
Marshall Salmonberry, lead technical architect at Web services
vendor WebGherkins.com, expressed his fears. "I can't sleep
at night. I toss and I turn, trying to think of the right acronym
for our new compressed archive format. I just think, SOAP, WSDL,
UDDI...they're all so clever and witty! They abbreviate so effectively!
I try endless combinations of letters, but each time...each...time...I'm
sorry, I can't go on."
WebGherkins.com spokesperson Al Hypko comforted Salmonberry. "It's
really a crisis. I was in the men's room this morning and there
are acronyms scrawled all over the walls. Our development team is
at its wit's end. We're just S.O.L. Great, there's another one gone!"
The defaced Weberific.com men's room
The Web services industry's hopes rest on a recent WebGherkins.com
development: MorphAcronym. Salmonberry brightened when discussing
this service currently in Beta testing. "Finally, a useful
Web service--you send us the phrase you want to acronymize and we'll
send you back an available acronym in four to six weeks. Brilliant,
Several leading Web services companies have organized a commission to
look into this growing issue. The Standards Initiative on Normalizing
Business Acronym Distribution or SINBAD will lay down a standard specification
for creating acronyms. Barring compatibility issues, the specification
should be available in April, 2012.