So I'm wondering about the origin of "ActiveRecord" and "ActionPack" and
the like in Rails.
I've always thought that perhaps DHH found himself in a suit one day
(maybe he had to attend a friend's wedding or something), and as long as
he had the suit on, decided to lapse into a one of the barely lucid
frenzies that Marketing people are prone to when naming something.
Then today I was reading about Flex on Rails, and find that Flex is
based on something called "ActiveScript".
This has me wondering, is there some well-spring of this "Active"
nonsense somewhere in the annals of development that I happened to have
missed? Maybe it came from Java land or something (I was lost in C and
C++ land during the entire decade of the 90's, so I totally missed all
that Java stuff).
So, help me out. Why all this "Active" stuff in the naming of present
day development environments?