Questions about the objective meaning or common understanding of words and concepts that programmers encounter

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Why is it called a memory leak?

I am a hobbyist programmer, bit of a stickler for terminology, currently learning C and recently came across the concept of Memory Leak. Now, I do understand what it means. Dynamic memory allocated to ...
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If I have true i/o false or vice versa, is it an OBOE? [closed]

I often make the mistake of inverting my truth values in my code (e.g. in my if clauses). It gives me the same feeling as when making an OBOE (Off By One Error), even though it's technically not. ...
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What is the origin of the negative term “legacy code”

Everyone talks about legacy code in software development and I have heard the term over the last ten years used to paint any codebase as being bad. Where did this term, which has such powerful ...
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Is there a common programming term for the problems of adding features to an already-featureful program?

I'm looking for a commonly used programming term to describe a software-engineering phenomenon, which (for lack of a better way to describe it) I'll illustrate first with a couple of ...
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Programming Language vs Markup Language vs Scripting Language

Up until now I don't know the KEY differences between these three. When someone asks me about this, I only tell them that C# is a programming language, HTML and XML are Markup Languages, and ...
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Term For Errors That Occur In Certain Environments [closed]

What is the term for an error or bug that exhibits itself on computers with certain environments/setups only? Context: We have produced our own anti-piracy software. We distribute applications that ...
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Is it correct to call the assignment symbol an “operator” when it is actually a statement?

In some languages (C++, Java, Ruby, etc.) an assignment returns a value and can be used in an expression: x = (y = z); // ok, 'x' gets the value of 'z' In other languages (Ada, VHDL), an ...
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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 ...
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Describe business logic with diagrams

I am currently developing a web application for my thesis.I was asked by my professor to make diagrams to describe the business logic. Since I don't have a prior experience, I am pretty confused with ...
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What does it mean when data is scalar?

I don't know what scalar means exactly, but I'm trying to see if I'm thinking about it correctly. Does scalar relate to arbitrariness where the type of data could be any type, or a system is not able ...
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Computer Science and the IT industry [duplicate]

I have a Computer Science degree and I'm employed as a software engineer. I'm regularly approached by recruiters on LinkedIn with "programmer", "software developer", or general "software and/or ...
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Is there a purely technical term for 'monkey patching' [closed]

EDIT The original title of the question was Is there a non-derogatory term for 'monkey patching'. As I have learned that the term is actually not derogatory, or is at least not meant to be, I changed ...
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Kibibtye or Kilobyte to represent 1024 bytes [closed]

I am working on a project with several older programmer and we were doing up the documentation of the program when I had a heated debate with one of the older programmers regarding the term : ...
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What is meant by change the main routine? The C Programming Language

In exercise 1-16 in The C Programming Language (K & R) it asks for us to: revise the main routine of the longest-line program so it will correctly print the length of arbitrary long input lines, ...
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What do we call the process of changing hard-coded codes into soft-coded codes? [closed]

Is there a specific term to call the process of modifying hard-coded codes into soft-coded codes? I have to report what I am doing to the Project manager, shall I just put "modifying hard-coded codes ...
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Is there a specific term for the variable in a `foreach` construct?

Does the variable used for iteration in a foreach loop have a more specific term than simply 'the foreach variable?' Especially to differentiate it from the collection variable? E.g. item in foreach ...
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In an if statement, what are an “if clause” and a “then clause”?

I am a bit confused about the nomenclature for the parts of an if statement. Consider the following example: 1: if condition then 2: statement_1; 3: else 4: statement_2; 5: end if; ...
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What is the word to describe languages that have classes and inheritance?

What is the word used to describe the type of programming languages that provide explicit syntax for defining classes and that support inheritance? For example: "A ______ language, such as C++, Java, ...
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What is “train” based development?

I ran across yet another new term in development methodology, and I haven't been able to find a definition for it. Specifically, it's called "train based development." Here are some examples of ...
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Is there an anti pattern for historically grown software? [closed]

Is there an anti pattern that describes a historically grown software system where multiple developers just added new features to the system but no one really kept an eye on the overall architecture ...
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Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is it something else like for a big company?

I been reading a few things about using libraries and stuff but they all talk about not using it for commercial purposes. Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is ...
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Difference between an architecture and a framework [closed]

A terminology question appeared when I was comparing EJB 3 and Spring. Wikipedia says that Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) is a managed, server-side component architecture for modular construction ...
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Is there a name for the 'break n' construct?

In a conversation earlier this week I was discussing certain language features, and I realized I don't have a good word / phrase to describe a particular feature. Some languages, such as PHP, have a ...
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How to convey your approach is faster than the built-in, alternative approaches? [closed]

Imagine you have a tool that's much faster than another one (built-in, alternative). You want to mention this in the description of the tool so people can see the point of your tool existing. By ...
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What is the meaning of bootstrapping in software development?

In some articles and books that I read, I some time see the term 'Bootstrapping'. For example I see this sentence "Bootstrapping X.JS" in angular js document: ...
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What is the purpose of chunking strings in natural language processing?

I see many examples of libraries that use a 'chunker' and also people asking how to write chunkers, but what is this for and why do we need it? Isn't it enough to split a text by whitespace or other ...
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Why are threads called threads?

I understand that a process a unit of resource ownership and executable instructions. Threads allow a process to share its resources with multiple executions, and it's easier for an OS to schedule ...
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What is dispatch? Does it imply dynamic resolution?

AFAIK, the term dispatch means just a method resolution and calling. It doesn't matter whether it is static or dynamic. I saw many people are using a term like static dispatch and dynamic dispatch. ...
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What is casting supposed to mean?

When coding in low level languages like C I find that casting sometimes means 'reinterpret these bytes as if it had always been of this other type' and at other times as 'convert this value ...
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What are the proper terms for desk/user testing?

Is there a common and accepted term for the manual tests done by programmers or users on software in lieu of or in addition to automated testing? For example, in a progression as follows: "Desk ...
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What is an “abstraction layer”?

I need a very simple explanation because I'm not a professional programmer. I found the terminology "abstraction layer" reading the documentation of mysqli extension where is described the difference ...
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Terminalogy “Controller” in MVC and “ViewController” in IOS

While studying IOS, i generally come across viewcontroller. That gives me, confusion, if this "ViewController" has to do something with controller ( in MVC ) ? But how come both "view" and ...
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Term for an error when code is executed before its ajax response? [closed]

What's the term for an error caused by executing a block of code before its relevant ajax response has come back? e.g., a timeline: 13:00:01 execute getDataViaAjax(); 13:00:02 execute ...
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English term for “Naive user test” or “idiot test”

In usability testing, it's common to select a set of users who have never used the software before. I've heard this process described by programmers as the "idiot test", or sometimes "naive user ...
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What's the difference between a macro and a script? [closed]

Aren't both just a set of instructions that get executed by some interpreter? (contrary to a full-fledged program, which runs (gets executed) at some computer system?
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Choosing an ubiquitous language across different bounded contexts

If my domain has several Bounded Contexts, but only ONE team will work on all contexts, should I develop an Ubiquitous language for each context? or should I have only one and force to into all ...
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What is the name of the functional argument in fold

In the higher order function fold/reduce what is the name, if any, of the functional argument? I am working on a monadic tabular processing library where rows are folded to produce simple analyses ...
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Is there a special name for a condition which will break a loop if it increments a set number of times

Is there a name for including a limitation in a loop structure to prevent it from running if its primary condition becomes unwieldy. For example for (var i = 0; i < len; i++){ ...
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“state” or “status”? When should a variable name contain the word “state”, and when should a variable name instead contain the word “status”? [closed]

Reading code and discussions pertaining to code, I often see the words "state" and "status" used interchangeably, but the following tendencies seem to exist: When a variable holds a value intended ...
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What does “testing surface” mean in the context of programming?

I encountered the following text in an article on the ModelViewPresenter pattern and my brain blue-screened: Passive View usually provides a larger testing surface than Supervising Controller ...
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Term to describe keyword followed by statement block [closed]

Is there a general term to describe a keyword followed by a statement block? E.G. if() {statement block} while() {statement block} try{statement block} finally{statement block} Or even something ...
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Why “OOP” and not simply “Object Programming”?

Why do we say "Object-oriented programming" and not simply "Object programming"? Why do we speak of orientation in just this case, and not "Functionally-oriented programming" and so?
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Tree position terminology/naming [closed]

This is a naming things question. I am processing trees (XML documents), and there are often special rules applied to nodes based on structure. It's been very difficult coming up with concise naming ...
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What does the English word “for” exactly mean in “for” loops?

English is not my first language, but since the keywords in programming languages are English words, I usually find it easy to read source code as English sentences: if (x > 10) f(); => "If ...
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Are VB.NET to C# converters actually compilers?

Whenever I see programs or scripts that convert between high-level programming languages they are always labelled as converters. "VB.NET to C# converter" on Google results in expected, useful hits. ...
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Difference between bug, defect and flaw [duplicate]

I was reading "Software Security: Building Security In" and in the first chapter I faced with 3 terms: bug, defect and flaw. The author gave a definition for each of them but I couldn't completely ...
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Buzzword for “performance-aware” software development [closed]

There seems to be an overabundance of buzzwords for software development styles and methodologies: Agile development, extreme programming, test-driven development, etc... well, is there any sort of ...
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When do you say “near ID” / “far ID” when using RTMFP in ActionScript 3?

I've been using RTMFP streaming for around a year in ActionScript 3, and I pretty much know the difference between a near ID and far ID. The near ID is your peer ID, and the far ID is the other guy's ...
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Is there a name for web applications that do most of the navigation on the client side?

Does the web industry have any standard or common name that refers specifically to web applications that don't use the conventional window-HTTP-navigation model, instead relying on mostly or wholly on ...
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How to refer to <% in asp.net

I've realized that I refer to <%@ as 'angle bracket percent at' and <%$ as 'angle bracket percent dollar', But this is very clumsy. I think <%$ should be referred to as some sort of bind, ...