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BNF

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Academic & Science » Libraries

   
BNF

Backus Naur Form

Computing » Software

   
BNF

British National Formulary

Medical » Oncology

   
BNF

Botswana National Front

Regional » African

   
BNF

Bad N Flewence

Miscellaneous » Funnies

   
BNF

Big Name Fan

Community » Sports

   
BNF

Boise National Forest

Governmental » US Government

   
BNF

Brand New File

Computing » Software

   
BNF

Been Needin Food

Miscellaneous » Funnies

   
BNF

Baskus Naur Form

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Boy Not Female

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Bollocks Not Facts

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Bind N Fly

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Backus–Naur Form

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Backus Normal Form

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Bibliographie Nationale Française

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Bind And Fly

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

   
BNF

Big Number Field

Academic & Science » Mathematics

   
BNF

Boilermakers National Funds

Business » Firms

   
BNF

Biotechnology Notification File

Governmental » FDA

   
BNF

Brain Natriuretic Factor

Medical » Physiology

   
BNF

British Nutrition Foundation

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

   

What does BNF mean?

BNF
1. [techspeak] Acronym for Backus Normal Form (later retronymed to Backus-Naur Form because BNF was not in fact a normal form), a metasyntactic notation used to specify the syntax of programming languages, command sets, and the like. Widely used for language descriptions but seldom documented anywhere, so that it must usually be learned by osmosis from other hackers. Consider this BNF for a U.S. postal address:  <postal-address> ::= <name-part> <street-address> <zip-part>  <personal-part> ::= <name> | <initial> "."  <name-part> ::= <personal-part> <last-name> [<jr-part>] <EOL>                | <personal-part> <name-part>  <street-address> ::= [<apt>] <house-num> <street-name> <EOL>  <zip-part> ::= <town-name> "," <state-code> <ZIP-code> <EOL> This translates into English as: “A postal-address consists of a name-part, followed by a street-address part, followed by a zip-code part. A personal-part consists of either a first name or an initial followed by a dot. A name-part consists of either: a personal-part followed by a last name followed by an optional jr-part (Jr., Sr., or dynastic number) and end-of-line, or a personal part followed by a name part (this rule illustrates the use of recursion in BNFs, covering the case of people who use multiple first and middle names and/or initials). A street address consists of an optional apartment specifier, followed by a street number, followed by a street name. A zip-part consists of a town-name, followed by a comma, followed by a state code, followed by a ZIP-code followed by an end-of-line.” Note that many things (such as the format of a personal-part, apartment specifier, or ZIP-code) are left unspecified. These are presumed to be obvious from context or detailed somewhere nearby. See also parse. 2. Any of a number of variants and extensions of BNF proper, possibly containing some or all of the regexp wildcards such as * or +. In fact the example above isn't the pure form invented for the Algol-60 report; it uses [], which was introduced a few years later in IBM's PL/I definition but is now universally recognized. 3. In science-fiction fandom, a ‘Big-Name Fan’ (someone famous or notorious). Years ago a fan started handing out black-on-green BNF buttons at SF conventions; this confused the hacker contingent terribly.

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