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

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JSP without .jsp-files?

I have a little project (a CMS) that was developed using .jsp-files in 2006. I moved in 2011 to JSF and had only one .jsp-file for the frontend. In 2014 I integrated the backend into the frontend ...
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Does cleaning data before saving fall under the term “data sanitization”?

I understand that "data sanitization" mainly deals with cleaning user-entered data to prevent harmful effects (e.g. SQL injection), but what about other forms of cleaning data? E.g., trimming ...
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What is a good word for the current “state” of a state machine? [closed]

My computer program has a state machine inside it, and I am currently documenting a database table that, among other things, reports the state of that program. I am looking for wording that is ...
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What are technologies like XML, JSON, and YAML classified under? [closed]

What are technologies like XML, JSON, and YAML classified as? I already looked at Query Language Data-structured Language But neither appeared accurate... None of them are really meant for ...
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Is cloud computing just a way of renting resources?

The company I work at recently hosted a web service in Windows Azure and announced that. Now trade online magazines say lots of meaningless stuff like "company X moves to the cloud", "company X drops ...
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When we say a monad 'encapsulates a computation' - is this just saying 'wraps a functional transformation of data'?

When I think of the word 'computation' - my mind jumps to lambda calculus or operations on a state machine representing a CPU. It is quite a broad definition. Now some people talk about monads as ...
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Why is black box called functional testing when it tests also non functional?

This has been bothering me for a while. Security, performance tests etc. are all done typically using the black box approach. But these are nonfunctional,while black box is called functional testing. ...
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What does the term day-one-bug mean?

I came across this term recently in a mail chain. Google tells me there is a term zero-day bug and that Microsoft and Adobe are the frontrunners :) Is there such a term as day one bug? What might ...
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Why all consider UAT a validation activity? It contradicts the original idea

Virtually any book dealing with software testing mentions that user acceptance testing (UAT) is an ultimate validation activity, often quoting Boehms informal definition: "Validation: Are building the ...
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What is the best way to remember a successful execution over several program calls?

I'm working on a build process, that is called manually over the command line. To check if it exited unsuccessfully during the build I want to set a lock file (symbolic link) and remove it on ...
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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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Term for 24-bits

Is there a term for a 24-bit (3-byte) integer? I know uncommon bit counts (such as a "nibble" or "nybble" for 4 bits) have names, and having 24-bits in both video and audio technology, for instance, ...
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What does it mean to say an algorithm is Sound and Complete?

I heard different interpretations of sound and complete. I understand that completeness means finding a solution if there is one. What does it mean to say an algorithm is sound. What does it mean ...
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What does 'Nightly Builds' mean?

I have been using open source projects for a while and been developing upon the open source applications and every so often I come across the words 'Nightly Build' and I have always been curious as to ...
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When did the term “snake case” come into use? [closed]

Many people use the term Snake Case to describe variables or other symbols with_the_form_of_underscores. In the past week, I've launched several broad searches. I can't find anything about the origin ...
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Every function is a closure?

Wikipedia says, that closure - is a function, which has an access to variables, declared outside of the function. There is even an example: function startAt(x) function incrementBy(y) ...
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Control (avoid) changing fields with side-effects

I have been thinking about a design problem and possible solutions in my own. I am pretty sure I am not the first one to have noticed it, but I cannot google for it since I do not know the standard ...
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What is the difference between a software process model and software engineering methods (methodology)?

I'm an academic guy, who is now venturing into the software engineering world, puzzled by the fact that many terms seem to overlap each other. I'm reading some books and cannot quite ...
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What is meant by the term 'System requirement' and how does that relate to 'Functional requirement'?

What is the difference between a Functional Requirement and a System Requirement? As I know, the term 'Functional requirement' refers to a requirement which describes a function that needs to be ...
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What is the term (“metric”) for the degree of unstructuredness due to many changes? [closed]

Is there a specific term (name of a "metric") that represents the growing level of unstructuredness (or just plain badness) of a s/w component that is caused by too many changes, by too many people, ...
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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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Correct definition of “bandwidth preserving algorithms” in real-time scheduling?

I've seen conflicting definitions for the term "bandwidth preserving algorithms". The two definitions I've seen are: Any spare CPU capacity is used for aperiodic processes. One or more periodic ...
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Adding quirks from an old system to a new system because that's what people are used to - a term for this?

Is there a term for the above? When building a new system developers are sometimes instructed (that is a different issue) to "keep things as they are", regardless of how inefficient or unusable they ...
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What is the name of a type that is defined from a template?

To give a complete example, let's say I have a template class that I now use to generate a type definition: template <typename T> struct A {}; using X = // I'm not asking about this ...
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What's the difference between simulation and emulation

I frequently see Simulation and Emulation in computer science. These two terms seem synonymous. Is there any difference between Simulation and Emulation?
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What are binaries? [closed]

I see very often people using term binaries in different context. What are binaries? Collection on binary files, installation files, .dll files or what? Or is it just an general term for some ...
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I/O bound or CPU-bound

I have a telephony application, there is a windows service(third party product) running on a remote server. The application runs against the server. To connect the server, we have the code. public ...
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How to name a function type that is called by an event, but doesn't handle the event? [closed]

How would one name a function type called by a certain event? Instances of this function type would get called when a certain key is pressed. It isn't strictly an event handler type, because it ...
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Is a web application only something that has a UI that runs in the browser? [closed]

Consider an application that relies heavily on the internet. It constantly talks to a remote server. However it's UI is a desktop program that doesn't live in a browser. Would you consider such a ...
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Are CRUD operations intended to be used with collections?

CRUD operations, by definition are... interfaces that permit users to create, remove, modify or retrieve data Implementations of CRUD interfaces can come in various shapes and sometimes they are ...
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Is there a name for the technique of converting method parameters into a unified form to simplify further processing? [closed]

When working with methods which accept a parameter in various forms (e.g. nil, a single string, a single string containing multiple data or an array of strings) I tend to unify them - splitting, ...
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Why does “charset” really mean “encoding” in common usage?

Something that has long confused me is that so much software uses the terms "charset" and "encoding" as synonyms. When people refer to a unicode "encoding", they always mean a ruleset for ...
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Is 'lazy' the correct term for timestamp-based skipping? [closed]

(1) The oldmakeutility looks at timestamps, and if the output is newer than the input, it skips (pointless, time-consuming) re-compilation of e.g. C files. The same is true for many languages and ...
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What is meant by “code rot”? [duplicate]

Please say that 'code rots' if you don't clean it. What does that mean? Obviously code is text, not an organism that can change itself. So why does code 'rot' if you don't touch it? What makes it ...
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What is meant by an HTML5 application? [closed]

Since HTML5 is still only a markup language, what is meant when people say "HTML5 application"? Please explain.
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What's the list of how to precisely talk about problems in C++ code within the spec? [closed]

The C++ specification leaves a lot of leeway such that when you write bad code, compiler authors are not responsible for defining a specific mode of failure. We know of course that is Undefined ...
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What specifically does expressive power refer to?

Expressive Power is defined by Wikipedia as: .. the breadth of ideas that can be represented and communicated in that language. Does "ideas" refer to the things (operations, structures, ...
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What's the difference between an API and an SDK?

I was looking through various APIs and SDKs, when I realized that I couldn't really tell the difference between something called an API and something called an SDK. Both of them are, conceptually, a ...
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Help identify terminology for pattern substituion? [closed]

This is a badly titled question...maybe a moderator can make it better. Nearly two decades ago, I took a computer graphics class as an undergraduate. We got to do whatever we wanted for a final ...
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Checking negative of a condition

What is the (slightly pejorative) term for checking the negative of a condition (rather than the positive which is often more readable): e.g. if(!someVar) { return null; } else { return ...
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Where did the notion of 'calling' a function come from?

I've always wondered why one calls a function as opposed to, for example, executing it. A Google search for function call etymology and similar terms turns up nothing useful, Wikipedia doesn't ...
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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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What are the difference between: agent, actor, dataflow based programming? [closed]

What are the difference between the following terms? agent-based programming agent-based programming with microagents actor-based programming actor-based programming with lightweight actors dataflow ...
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What is the general definition of something that can be included or excluded? [closed]

When an application presents a user with a list of items, it's pretty common that it permits the user to filter the items. Often a 'filter' feature is implemented as a set of include or exclude rules. ...
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What's a “Polymorphic method”?

Sometimes people use the phrase "Polymorphic method/function". Does it mean: A method that takes a Polymorphic type as a parameter, and performs some operation on it. By "Polymorphic type" I mean a ...
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Are there examples of non CRUD approaches?

I'm a programmer but also have worked as an archivist. As archivist it's a lot about keeping data. I often get into arguments with colleagues when it comes to operations on data. I don't like the U ...
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Method vs Function vs Procedure

Simple question, but I often hear these three terms defined with such ferocity, but which have been known to me to mean different things over the years. What are the "correct" definitions of ...
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What do you call a problem caused by a design flaw [closed]

Is there any terminology for a problem that is caused by a previous wrong decision? For example you build your own framework, with a flawed MVC design. This in turn leads to weird situations when ...
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What is the verb for “to make something into a plugin”? [closed]

What is the verb for "to make something into a plugin"? Example use: "Developer can you make Module Foo into a plugin?". "Yes sir, I can some verb Module Foo". Terms I have considered: pluginify, ...