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What's the name for a bug that suddenly breaks things but has always been present? [closed]

We had a failure in our software today and after investigating discovered that the failure should have been occurring for weeks, but it waited until this morning to rear its ugly head. Is there an ...
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What is the term for a 'decoy' feature or intentional bug? [closed]

I have forgotten a slang programming term. This thing is an intentional bug or a decoy feature used as a distraction. An example usage, "Hey Bob, QA is doing a review today. Put a $THING into the ...
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Jargon to describe unnecessary running of code? [closed]

Some code works but it runs an unnecessarily large fraction of the code in many cases, though that extra code is still required sometimes. Better preprocessing, simple stoppers and conditional ...
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Terms for different types of development

I'm trying to figure out the right terminology for the different types of software development Right now, the only development term I know is "web development", but I've also done a lot of Java and ...
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What does the term “fast follower” mean?

In the last few days, I've heard the term "fast follower" mentioned several times. It's used in the context of an unresolved bug/issue that (supposedly) will be quickly fixed and implemented. Is this ...
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What does “proxy to” mean?

I keep coming across the word "proxy" used as a verb in tutorials, etc. Usually something will "proxy to" something else. What does this mean? Having spent some time googling for what it means in a ...
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What is the proper jargon to refer to a variable wrapped inside a function closure?

In JavaScript, there is no such thing as a "private" variable. In order to achieve encapsulation and information hiding in JavaScript, I can wrap a variable inside a function closure, like so: var ...
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What is this development methodology called?

I recall a methodology that emphasized making functions short and numerous. It said that if a section of code can be separated at all, it should be, even if the resultant functions are only used ...
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What are the proper uses of the various “Sign-in” terminologies?

What are the preferred use cases for the following sets of terms: Log in / Log out Log on / Log off Sign in / Sign out Sign on / Sign off From what I can guess, "Logging in" should be used for a ...
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Security by obscurity - whats the equivalent for deleting data?

Unsure if I'm asking this in the right place but here goes: Security by Obscurity is the process of making data so obscure it therefore becomes secure as no one can read/understand it. My question ...
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Program coded in .Net

What does it generally mean when a programmer says his program/application was "coded in .Net"? When I think of .Net I think of C# and Visual Basic. I don't usually think of any other language on ...
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Is there a name for this technique in testing? [closed]

When I've written tests for some code and want to make sure that it's actually testing what it's supposed to, I'll mess up or remove the code-under-test, and see if the tests fail. If they don't, I've ...