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Preface > Why HTML5 Hacks?

Why HTML5 Hacks?

The term hacker carries a negative connotation within the media, but the term has evolved to describe a number of different technical people. Wikipedia provides three very different definitions for the term hacker:[1]

  1. Hacker (computer security), someone who accesses a computer system by circumventing its security system

  2. Hacker (hobbyist), who makes innovative customizations or combinations of retail electronic and computer equipment

  3. Hacker (programmer subculture), who shares an anti-authoritarian approach to software development now associated with the free software movement

It is in the context of definition 2 that we are using the term hack. Among these types of hacks, the term refers to a self-contained proof of concept, similar to agile spikes, or recipes. These quick solutions exercise or validate an API, feature, or technology, and can also serve a very important role, not only in educating the software team, but also in driving the direction of development within a project’s life cycle.


  

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