[its-hackers] acronym for MUDDLE

Chris Reeve chrisxreeve at gmail.com
Sun Sep 26 19:09:40 CEST 2021

My recollection is slightly different. At the time of Muddle's creation
Gerald Sussman and Carl Hewitt in the AI lab and Dave Cressey, Bruce
Daniels and I were in the Dynamic Modelling and Computer Graphics (DMCG)
group. Since the goals of DMCG were not very well defined so Sussman and
Hewitt referred to us as the Dynamic Muddling group and Muddle was taken
from that. It is quite possible that we used the "We are muddling around"
line once we started working on Muddle. As you probably know when we were
forced to change the name "Muddle" to "MDL", internally MDL meant Muddle
died laughing.


On Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 9:49 PM rrs0 at earthlink.net <rrs0 at earthlink.net>

> If this doesn't make it to its-hackers, Lars you might want to forward
> this to its-hackers
> When I asked GFP ,BKD, and maybe CLR, what MUDDLE stud for. I was told it
> wasn't an acronym when
> MUDDLE was created. People would walk by the MUDDLE creators and ask what
> they doing. There reply
> Was "We are muddling around". Chris correct me if I got this wrong.
> The best acronym made up after the fact was "Mac Users Dynamic Debugging
> List Evaluator"
> Rick
> > On Sep 24, 2021, at 9:29 AM, Lars Brinkhoff <lars at nocrew.org> wrote:
> >
> > Eric Swenson <eric at swenson.org> writes:
> >> We could find out if it was a universal thing by asking folks like
> >> TAA, MARC, Barbara Liskov, and other DM folks who were there at the
> >> same time that I was at LCS.
> >
> > I ask ed Barbara Liskov, and she only knew about "eye tee ess".
> >
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