RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology

Subject: RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: Evelyn Lee Barney <evbarney -at- comcast -dot- net>, Paul Hanson <phanson -at- quintrex -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:15:25 -0400

Ev wrote:

> I have to say this [parent/child] is the only alternative I've heard that I thought
> worked. Like others on this list, I felt stuck with master/slave for
> clarity reasons. However, as parent/child is a common term in
> object-oriented programming, I bet this could catch on easily enough.

But in object-oriented programming, the parent/child relationship generally
refers to the inheritance of characteristics (e.g. attributes, properties) and
behaviors (e.g. methods, features) or to the creation and destruction of
child object instances by a parent. Neither of these is analogous to the
controller/controllee relationship that is expressed by master/slave.

What we're talking about with master/slave is dominance and submission,
so maybe we should borrow the pop terminology of S&M and use top/bottom,
although that also implies a physical, positional relationship that may be
misleading. Or since top/bottom is already used by physicists to classify
quarks, maybe we should borrow one of their other quark pairings: up/down
or charmed/strange.
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