Not personal digital assistant. These letters must now stand for
Pretty Damn Annoying.
A programming language or framework might have a PDA rating
between 0 and 1 (ie normalised) where 1 is the (unachievable)
highest annoyingness (the destroy the entire universe sort of
a high PDA would either be avoided by fixing the
or lauded and cherished by some of the weirder people around.
That way there'd be less annoyance. Except some.
The way this might work is to collect the number or amount of
complaints or perhaps questions involving people just not figuring
something out; questions involving people getting something
totally incorrect but not able to see why and therefore needing
help; questions involving people who have received the
appropriate help but still don't see why it works this way;
questions involving people who have implemented the way it
works but still wouldn't have thought of doing it that way at all;
follow-up comments where the original poster has thrown their
computer out of the window, followed by the desk, followed by
the entire room; statements that this makes no sense at all and
has been designed incorrectly / by idiots / martians; comments
If there's a general corpus of noise regarding a language or
framework that has a dominant bafflement flavour in the
bafflement direction, this probably counts as a contribution to the