I LOL everytime I see “M$”

A common internet and twitter shorthand for Microsoft is MS.

Not-so-Microsoft friendly people use “M$”

I just have a good laugh. I remember the days when one used the dollar-sign to denote the variable as a string type:

M$ = "Microsoft"

or in other words, the variable M is a string of value “Microsoft”

Thankfully, most modern languages (even those from Microsoft) no longer use this programming language mnemonic (or what is formally known as postfix sigils)


Comments (1)

  1. Heh!

    Some of my earliest adventures in programming were using Microsoft BASIC on the System-80, a clone of the venerable TRS-80.

    One of my favourite books was James Farvour’s "Microsoft Basic Decoded & Other Mysteries" which included a complete <strong>commented</strong> disassembley of the ROM, as well as documentation on the internal data structures and many useful subroutines. There was even a chapter on how to hook your own verbs into the interpreter.

    Remind me to dig it out sometime and reminisce at length…



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