J. Random Hacker

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In computer slang, J. Random Hacker is an arbitrary programmer (hacker).

"J. Random Hacker" is a popular placeholder name in a number of books and articles in programming.[2][3] J. Random Hacker even authored a book about ease of malicious hacking, Adventures of a Wi-Fi Pirate.[4] Also, J. Random Hacker was a main developer of I2P software.

Over time, J. Random X has become a popular cliché, a snowclone, in computer lore, with more types of "random" (meaning "arbitrary") categories of people, such as "J. Random Newbie",[5] J. Random User,[6] or J. Random Luser.

See also[edit]

  • Alice and Bob, placeholder names often used when discussing computer security


  1. ^ Appendix B. A Portrait of J. Random Hacker, from the Jargon File
  2. ^ The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond, p. 457
  3. ^ Beginning Python, by Peter Norton et al., p. 322
  4. ^ J. Random Hacker, Adventures of a Wi-Fi Pirate (2005) ISBN 1-930919-62-X
  5. ^ The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond, Section "The tale of J. Random Newbie"
  6. ^ TCP/IP Clearly Explained, by Peter Loshin, p. 116