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12 March 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Things that make you feel dumb  
I am... er, *does some math* 33 years old. I've been using computers for about... 25 of those years at a guess. I've been actually studying programming languages to some degree for... about 16 years, and been working as a computer professional for 10 or 11 years.

After all that, i still can't remember which is the slash and which is the backslash =P

When i say a drive name to myself i say "C colon backslash," and when i type it i type "C:\", so i think that might be the backslash, but i know there are contexts in which you use the other one (windows vs unix i think? I don't always remember that offhand either, i just look at what's being used for the context in question and use that) so i may just be confused. It would make a lot more sense to me if they called them "upslash" ("/") and "downslash" ("\") because both of those are pretty clearly going forwards to me and there's no backwards component at all to either of them.

There's a lot of stuff about computers that i don't know and really should, but that's got to be the most trivial item :)
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Squidceph on March 12th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
You could also think "h t t p colon forward slash forward slash."

Just think of the slashes as tiny beings standing upright and traveling one direction or the other.
Pava: OsakaHurahijmpava on March 12th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Dude! The slashes are swaying in the wind. I never thought of that, and it works. Woh....
Brie2gouda4u on March 12th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I was going to say something similar. They're little limbless people that lean either forwards or backwards :-)
Brie2gouda4u on March 12th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and for what it's worth, I probably couldn't tell you offhand what type of slash is used in different contexts. I know forward slashes are for urls. And Windows and Unix are different, I think. I probably have some sort of instinctive knowledge, if only because I spend most of my time in Unix.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 12th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
"You could also think 'h t t p colon forward slash forward slash.'"

I could, but i don't. No, seriously. I guess because i was dealing with "C colon backslash" long before there was an internet or URLs to make any associations with.

"Just think of the slashes as tiny beings standing upright and traveling one direction or the other."

That works better, but it runs into some cognitive dissonance (or something) because that's not the way i actually write the things.
Steuardsteuard on March 12th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
I generally remember it because you pretty much never see '\' in written English, while '/' shows up at least somewhat often: "and/or", "he/she", that sort of thing. Also, '/' is the one that looks the most like how people write fractions by hand: '3/4', '22/7', and so on.

So since I only see '\' in computer contexts ("C:\Users\Steuard\", "s/^\s*(\S.*\S)\s*$/$1/", etc.), it's obviously less common and therefore deserves the more awkward name.