real world

Noun1.real world - the practical world as opposed to the academic world; "a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world"
Synonyms: real life
1.Real World - Those institutions at which "programming" may be used in the same sentence as "Fortran", "COBOL", "RPG", "IBM", "DBASE", etc. Places where programs do such commercially necessary but intellectually uninspiring things as generating payroll checks and invoices.
2.Real World - The location of non-programmers and activities not related to programming.
3.Real World - A bizarre dimension in which the standard dress is shirt and tie and in which a person's working hours are defined as 9 to 5 (see code grinder).
4.Real World - Anywhere outside a university. "Poor fellow, he's left MIT and gone into the Real World." Used pejoratively by those not in residence there. In conversation, talking of someone who has entered the Real World is not unlike speaking of a deceased person. It is also noteworthy that on the campus of Cambridge University in England, there is a gaily-painted lamp-post which bears the label "REALITY CHECKPOINT". It marks the boundary between university and the Real World; check your notions of reality before passing. This joke is funnier because the Cambridge "campus" is actually coextensive with the centre of Cambridge.

See also fear and loathing, mundane, uninteresting.
real life, reality, world
real number
real operating system
real presence
Real Programmer
Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal
real property
Real servitude
Real Soon Now
real storage
real stuff
real tennis
real thing
real time
Real Time Streaming Protocol
real user
Real Video
-- real world --
real-estate business
Real-Time Common Design Language
Real-Time Euclid
Real-Time Mentat
Real-Time Object-Oriented Modeling
Real-Time Operating System
Real-Time Operating System Nucleus
real-time operation
Real-Time Pascal
real-time processing
real-time structured analysis
Real-Time Transport Protocol
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