In computer programming, create, read, update and delete (CRUD) are the four basic functions of persistent storage. It is sometimes used to describe user interface conventions that facilitate viewing, searching, and changing information; often using computer-based forms and reports. The term was likely first popularized by James Martin in a 1983 book titled "Managing the Data-base Environment".
I agree, pro. It's awfully ugly and unclear. If you want a word to be recognized as an acronym -- and not a misspelled, madeupical or foreign word - you must use either all caps or periods after each letter.... no??
I write Italian acronyms all caps. It's recent (newspaper*) policy to write them like this -> Dna or even dna but I personally find that awfully ugly.
*I had an email exchange with an Italian language expert about that, a while ago. He replied
io mi adeguo quando posso all'uso non solo giornalistico di usare solo la maiuscola per gli acronimi e le altre sigle che per la frequenza del loro impiego sono ormai assimilabili ai sostantivi. Le tutte maiuscole fanno un brutto effetto grafico: non sono meglio Consob, Psi, Ds, Telecom di CONSOB, PSI, DS, TELECOM?
Why yes, I'm a crud-hunter by profession. By the time I was old enough to walk grandaddy was hauling me through temperate bogs in search of crud. In fact much of my idle youth was spend daydreaming of crud and in the creation of intricate crud-doodles on the cover of my textbook during Nomadic Herders of Mesopotamania class. I could hardly wait to leave school and pursue crud with all the vigour I could muster.