Re: "Persist" as a transitive verb? <gack!>

Subject: Re: "Persist" as a transitive verb? <gack!>
From: Berk/Devlin <armadill -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 22:40:24 -0700

Hey, Roy & company:

"Persist" has been used in this fashion, for good or ill, for a while in J2EE circles. I assume it happened because, in object-oriented terms, a data object reads itself/writes itself/marks itself as changed/etc.etc. to the database. Now, tools that mediate in that process are said to help "persist" data objects. Because read/write/etc. is too specific and won't explain all the stuff that the tool might actually do.

This usage <rubbingItInNow>queased</rubbingItInNow> my stomach for a while too, but after looking for alternatives for weeks, I turned off my flashlight. I've gone over to the dark side now.

Think of it this way: at least it's not passive.

--Emily, unrepentant software architect, ducking now

On Fri, 11 May 2001 11:41:13 -0500, "Roy Jacobsen" <roy -dot- jacobsen -at- greatplains -dot- com> opined:

Has anyone run into cases of "persist" being used as a transitive verb? The context is a white paper, written by a software engineer, for a
technical audience. The phrase is referring to information that "must be
persisted." <Ack! Ptoie!>

I have no intention of letting this stand unchallenged, but I'd like to
hear if anyone has some alternatives to offer.

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