If DEV were an acronym, what would it stand for?

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Do Everything Vetter

Don't Exit Vim

Don't Exit Vim has got to be my favourite so far.

Pro tip: ESC + :wq = exit vim

:w = Write
:q = Quit
:wq = Write buffer and quit

Another pro tip! There is a shortcut for :wq β€” :x

Another pro tip for regex:


I'll use something similar when I rebase (to squash) a series of commits in a git repo (vim's my editor for Git). If when presented with the list of commits you do:


You'll squash all commits into a single commit in one fell swoop.

To be fair, any reference to Vim being hard to quit is always a cheap win.

As a regular vim user, the cheapest win for me is emacs.

Another other pro tip, that's bound to just ZZ, withough a colon.

Don't Exit Vim

I'll buy that! πŸ˜‚

You can’t exit ViM, why ask not to do it?

Well, if the acronym would have been CEV, I could have said Can't Exit Vim; and Don't (know how to) Exit Vim seemed too far fetched, so Don't Exit Vim is the closest to what I wanted to say I could think of.

Vim is the Hotel California of editors.

I would say Do Explore Vim! I love Vim :)

Developers Engaging Virtually


Developers Exchanging Value

The second one feels a bit too business-y to me though...

So... DEV Engaging Virtually? 😈

Lots of F/OSS's uses Recursive acronymies. e.g: WINE, GNU, BIRD, cURL, PIP (Python's pkg manager)...

Yeah, YAML too. it's just that GNU's the most popular and recognizable example.


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Discussions, Entertainment and Visions

developers emitting vomit
do evade viruses
works on my machine

NPM has prepared me...

Don't Evaluate Void
Dinos Expanding Vocabulary
Dust Excites Vacuums
Devs Explaining Vividly
Deploying Enterprise VMs
Disk E: Volume
Disproportionate Experience Vouchers

Doing EVerything

Developers Eating Views

Developers Encouraging Views

Developers Encouraging Values

Did Everybody View

Doesn't Entice Violence

Developer Encouraging Values

Developer Excited Values

Developer Excellence Vlogs

Dev Edited Vlogs

Does Everybody Vim

Developers, Entrepreneurs, and Velociraptors

Any mention of velociraptors is worth a thumbs-up!

I need to start putting "velociraptor(s)" in any presentations that I'd normally put "velocity" into: see if the PHBs notice it or not (or at least mention it).

1st one

𝔻𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕑𝕖𝕣𝕀 === π•Žπ•šπ•Ÿ!


𝔻 evelopers
𝔼 qual Win (a synonym for
𝕍 ictory).

Kinda stretching the meaning here 😝

2nd one

π”»π• π•Ÿ'π•₯ 𝔼𝕧𝕖𝕣 π•π• π•žπ•šπ•₯


Make sure you hold it after having a few drinks πŸ₯ƒ at a conference/meetup.

Please be respectful of others πŸ™‡

Developers, dEvelopers, deVelopers!

Okay, this one is my favorite so far!

Silly variant: Developers Evelopers Velopers

This is actually what ballmer says near the end of it, LOL

Developers Enthusiastically Venting

Deal with Everyone Virtually

Damn! Everything Vorks?

Dancing Eddie Vedder

Double-Expletive Variable

Developers Exchanging visions

in any case, this acronym should be recursive.

Delivering Enhanced Visions πŸ˜›

Maybe you need to spice up your lunch with some Dumb Electric Veggies.

A few more:

  • Dead Earth = Vacuum
  • Dire Enlightenment Varies

A couple that popped into my head real quick.

  • Developing Everyday Value
  • Developers Exuding Virtue
  • Did Everyone Volunteer
  • Do Echos Vibrate

Serious: Developers Exchanging Value

Hilarious: Unit Tests Passed

Define Every Virtue
Deliver Everybody's Vans
Don't Eat Venison?

Debbuging... Enable Verbosity

Delivering Exciting Vision
Doing Everything Visually
Delivering Educational Videos
Did Everyone Vanish

Doing Extreme Validations

Don't Expect Violence

Do Expect Virtue

Deny Every Vulnerability

Do Eat Vegetables

Derive Each Vector

Do Explain Vows


(feels like the npm acronym, should be a git so we could make some fun with random pick the list as the website base-line)

Developing Exhaustingly with Volition

  • Digital Engineer Viking
  • Dynamic. Exciting. Valuable.

These are awesome! πŸ˜‚ ok lets see.... πŸ€”


Or ...πŸ€”

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