Ever wondered about how the project , framework or product names are coined ? Why the particular name , what does it mean.Why name hibernate or hadoop or mule. Whenever i came across a new technology or framework , first i search the meaning of the name, sometimes, it gives a fairly good idea about what the product is about, thus giving you a better understanding about the technology, and sometimes it has some interesting and funny stories behind the naming. I have collected some famous projects and reasoning behind the names
Why name GIT :According to WikiPedia
Linus Torvalds[The creator of git] has quipped about the name git, which is Irish slang for a child born out of wedlock, and British English slang for a stupid or unpleasant person. Torvalds said: "I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First 'Linux', now 'git'."The man page describes git as "the stupid content tracker"
Why Name Android:Meaning of Android is "(in science fiction) A robot with a human appearance. all the android versions[Jelly Bean,Ice Cream Sandwich,Honeycomb,Gingerbread,Froyo,Eclair,Donut] till date , are named after popular sweets.
Why Name Hibernate:Its name seems logical because hibernate mean " Remain inactive or indoors for an extended period". Similarly the hibernate entities remains inactive for the period they are in database. There is no official reason about naming. Source
Why Name Spring :According to Blog by Rod Johnson spring was coded with name "Interface21 framework" , but later changed to spring suggested by yann . The reason was one is association to nature and two it represents a fresh start after the “winter" of traditional J2EE.
Why Name MuleMule is a popular ESB provider.Here is the quote as to why it is named as mule
“After working on a couple of systems, I found that there was a lot of infrastructure work to be done. I regard this infrastructure work as “donkey work” as it needs doing for ev- ery project. I preferred Mule over Donkey and Ass just didn’t seem right ;-). A Mule is also commonly referred to as a carrier of load, moving it from one place to another. The load we specialize in moving is your enterprise information.” —Ross Mason, CTO & Co-Founder, MuleSource Inc.