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question about acronyms

 
Donald R. Cossitt
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New to JAVA (is that an acronym as well?)
In my journeys around the www, from URL after URL, and even within various IDE, I see ANT, CVS and one which is possibly just a metaphor: BEAN (maybe they all are). Yet I have not seen what these are or what they mean. Can someone help with that?
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General rule of thumb - if it's an acronym, it will be in all capital letters; otherwise, not.
 
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For most of the terms, http://www.whatis.com/ will tell you what it means.
 
Donald R. Cossitt
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Thanks for the responses and the excellent links (URLs) to most helpful information. This JavaRanch deal is neater than sliced bread.
 
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