Exact meaning of the "world" in "hello world"

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Old 03-23-2012
Question Exact meaning of the "world" in "hello world"


I have a question to native English-speaking people. In the popular program's "hello world" greeting, what meaning the "world" has: "all", "everybody", "people", "friends" or "whole world", "planet", "Earth", "Universe"?

In other words, to whom this greeting is addressed: to the people capable to see program's output, or to the whole world or whole Universe?

Here in Russia, "hello world" is usually translated as "привет, мир" that means the "hello whole world", "hello Universe" or "hello planet". I'm afraid that the correct meaning should be like "hello all", "hello everybody", "hello people" or similar.

I tried to search in dictonaries but "hello world" is so common phrase so it is not explained. I'm afraid its meaning is trivial for every native English-speaking person. Smilie

Could somebody please explain?

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Old 03-23-2012
Hello world program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 03-23-2012
Please excuse me but your answer is completely unrelated to my question. I know what "hello world" programs do. I need to know what the "world" exactly means.
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Old 03-23-2012
"Hello World" is just a string , that programmers use to test if their first piece of code is working .
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Old 03-23-2012
I understand that this is just a short string. I'm a software developer myself. Smilie

My question is about how to correctly translate the "hello world" to Russian. Not only a computer message but the typical meaning of the phrase.

If somebody says "hello world", whom this greeting is most probably directed to? To only people (humans) or to the whole Earth or even Universe?

I'm not a native English-speaking man so it's not obvious for me.
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Old 03-23-2012
When you say "Hello World" you actually mean "Hello Everybody!!" Smilie

"World" does not mean the Earth or Universe in this context. It simply means "Human Beings" here.

Hope this clears your confusion.
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Old 03-23-2012
Definitely, it clears. Smilie Thank you very much for explanation.
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