A silver bullet is the magical weapon which kills the lycanthrope.
- silver bullet
- this term typically refers to a solution to a problem that will solve all (or at least nearly all) known issues. The term is most usefully used in the phrase there are no silver bullets.
A silver bullet
is a technology or solution thought to somehow magically
solve all (or a majority) of one's problems. Often used in relationship to whatever the media and industry is currently calling sexy
. For instance, cell phones, personal digital video recorders and pocket computers, or Java or XML and all the related baggage.KPV
: Fred Brooks ([1
]) wrote a famous essay on this topic entitled "No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering,
] (Computer, Vol. 20, No. 4 (April 1987) pp. 10-19.) It's also included in the latest edition of The Mythical Man-Month