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Foo... Bar.... WHAT?

Asked by Perchik (4987points) July 27th, 2007

In a lot of programming examples I've noticed the variables foo and bar have crept into a lot of things. Almost as popular as making a program say "Hello World". So where did "foo" and "bar" come from? Is it a reference to "FUBAR"? and if it is...why's it not fu?

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bpeoples's avatar

baz often comes next.

The "official" documentation is here: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3092 (but was issued on 1 Apr 2001)

Wikipedia has a pretty good article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo

antimattar's avatar

comes from military. F***ed up beyond recognition (or repair). Fubar... Became foo bar.

bythebay's avatar

Good answers, antimattars is funnier!

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