Posted by: Jack Henry | July 11, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Big kids and little ids

Good morning! Today, while playing mailbox roulette (a game where I close my eyes and scroll through a hundred topics for the Editor’s Corner and go with whichever one I land on), I came across this topic: ID versus id. One of our JHA technical writers would like me to stress the difference between the two, especially when hard coding fields and values in software:

· ID is an abbreviation for identification or identity. In our business, this is the one you are looking for.

· id (or Id, at the beginning of a sentence) is a term from psychology, specifically from Dr. Sigmund Freud, which means the “part of a person’s unconscious mind that relates to basic needs and desires.” (Merriam-Webster)

Unless you want to drive financial institution employees into psychotherapy, you’ll probably want to prompt them for their user ID rather than their ids!

Enjoy your weekend.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

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