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<convention> (From the 1930 Sellar and Yeatman parody "1066
And All That") Often capitalised; always pronounced as if
1. Self-evidently wonderful to anyone in a position to notice:
"The Trailblazer's 19.2 Kbaud PEP mode with on-the-fly
Lempel-Ziv compression is a Good Thing for sites relaying
2. Something that can't possibly have any ill side-effects and
may save considerable grief later: "Removing the
self-modifying code from that shared library would be a
3. When said of software tools or libraries, as in "Yacc is
a Good Thing", specifically connotes that the thing has
drastically reduced a programmer's work load.
Opposite: Bad Thing, compare big win.
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