My G+ avatar is a Womby, a wombat.
Yesterday I was in a concall and Womby was mistaken for a squirrel (!). I educated the offending party but it took me a bit to find the correct references so I’m collecting them here:
- They are interesting animals
- A group of Wombats is called a Wisdom (ha! I didn’t know that!)
- They have history as jargon, particularly this and this
- At Sun, we used Wombat in the past in several projects, from as way back as JavaBeans and JSP and many other places. There the original instigator was Graham Hamilton (). Jerome Dochez (, ) and myself () also included Wombats. Graham, Jerome and I were all part of the original JavaBeans team and there also scattered references to other Java documents like ()
- I believe the “original” source of Wombats at DEC is via Datatrieve (DTR); see Datatrieve and Wombats (from IBPhoenix). Jim Starkey was the original designer of Datatrieve and, I believe, the original injector of Wombat.
Personally I was introduced to Wombats by Graham, who worked at DEC before joining Sun. I met Jim after the MySQL acquisition by Sun but didn’t realize his relationship to wombats at the time.
DTR was a 4GL language (not dissimilar to OpenEdge in spirit). Below is the output of
DTR> SET PLOTS SYS$SYSROOT:[SYSCOMMON.DTR.DTR$LIB.PLOTS] DTR> PLOT WOMBAT
And here is Jim Starkey and Wombat