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

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Is there a name for HTTP Request Parameters in a POST that hang on for the ride when not using Cookies?

I've been being doing some JMeter testing, and I've noticed that on the server I'm running it against, it includes a session parameter of course between requests, but also a formID to keep track of ...
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Name for “1:1” sourcefile - testfile convention

A classic convention for organizing test files is to maintain a 1:1 mapping between source files and test files. One common scheme is to simply append "-test" or "-spec" to the source filename and ...
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What does the term “Payload” mean in programming

I was going through the source code of an open source framework, where I saw a variable "payload" mentioned many times. Any ideas what "payload" stands for?
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What is the difference of smoke testing and black-box testing?

Main theme of my question is about the differences of Smoke Testing and other types of software testing specially Black-box testing but also I'm very curoius to know what is the purpose of this naming?...
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How can I create and manage permissions more dynamically?

I want to implement a security system into my web-based Intranet application which allows security administrators to 'fine-tune' exactly what type of access a user/role has to an object. For example, ...
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How to distinguish the two types of Python “packages”

In the Python ecosystem, there are two related but distinct concepts called "package": A "dotted module name", represented in its source as a directory with an __init__ module (i.e. an __init__.py ...
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What is the term to describe all the instructions that executed as a result of a particular instruction?

What is the term to describe all the instructions that executed as a result of a particular instruction? main(){ if(a) call_a(); else call_b(); } func call_a(){ //do_something //sleep....
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What's code that's not a part of API called? [closed]

In a library with many code, some of them being the API which user would use to interact with the library, what should I call the rest of the code which is not part of the API directly? In other ...
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Blurred line between a framework and an SDK

I have been programming professionally for a couple of decades. Some years ago, the framework word was not so widely used as it is today, but I still believe we've been using "frameworks" for a very ...
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Complexity point of no return. What do you call that?

As a software developer, one of my main tasks is to keep complexity under control. However, in some projects, there is a moment when the complexity level grows so high that it reaches some kind of "...
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What does “downstream/upstream design” mean?

What does "downstream/upstream design" in software development mean?
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Debugging a intermittent bug by inducing failure and then fixing that induced failure: what's it called?

I just "fixed" an intermittent failure by this process: Observe intermittent failure Debug code; at one point near where the failure could be, pause execution, and inflict harm upon a variable (by, ...
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What do you call CRUD with soft delete?

I want to be clear when discussing an implementation that we're using soft-deletes (not immediately removing data from the database). What can I call our approach? The best I have is "CRUD with soft ...
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Terminology: Really Delete vs set IsDeleted (“soft delete”) flag

I have a site where a regular user can delete records, where what happens is that an IsDeleted flag gets set. On administrative pages, a privileged user can delete records where an actual SQL DELETE ...
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Terminology for partial offline database synchronization

I am looking for solutions for a field where I think I don't know the adequate terminology. The problem is that I have a central SQL database in the cloud. Then I have child databases only containing ...
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What to call an HTTP API that is not RESTful? [closed]

What would you call an API that is HTTP-based, uses URI to name resources and HTTP verbs (PUT, POST, DELETE, GET...) to manipulate those resources? According to Roy Fielding's complaints it is not ...
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How to refer to unit tests not cleaning up after themselves? [closed]

I am looking for a concise way to refer to the phenomenon of a unit test failing to clean up one or more artifacts, which affects the behavior/outcome of subsequent tests. Is there a standard term ...
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Is it wrong to call a “non-static nested class” an “inner class” in Java?

I was reading this question in SO, and it contains the following: A non-static nested class (sometimes incorrectly referred to as an 'inner class') (...) And it confused me. At 350+ upvotes, I ...
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Is software development an engineering discipline?

Can software development be considered engineering? If no, what are the things that it lacks in order to be qualified as an engineering discipline? Related to this is this question on Stack Overflow ...
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Whats the difference between a Software Architect, a Software Engineer, and a Software Developer (Programmer)? [closed]

I'm reading through the CNN article about the highest paying jobs in America. A software architect is listed as #1. A software engineer listed as #9. And a software developer (programmer) is listed at ...
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What does the suffix after software engineer/developer job titles mean? (e.g. Software Developer III) [closed]

I keep seeing job postings as "Java Software Developer III" or "Software Developer II". Is there any official documentation that classifies these distinctions?
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What does Architecture of the project mean

I'm working on website and java application for my project and I'm writing report and there is question that say "What is the architecture of the project" I don't know what should I write because I ...
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What's the difference between an implementation detail and a technical concern

I just wanted to make sure that I understand and can properly articulate the difference between these two concepts. I've always thought of an implementation detail as being the internal workings of ...
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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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How to deal with bug reports or issues where the reporter no longer cares and no one can reproduce?

There's a bug report that the original reporter no longer cares about and I can't reproduce the issue. Is there an English terminology used to tag those issues? Should they be kept open and tagged ...
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What do you call the two types of classes on a instance declaration

When you declare a new instance of a class, you do so in a lot of languages as: MyClass obj = new MyClass(); The two MyClass mean subtly different things, often you will see: IMyClass obj = new ...
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Almost point-free style

Programmers often talk about point-free style. In contrast to the imperative style (pseudocode): h := function(x) { y := f(x) z := g(y) return z; } one might write the following point-free: ...
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Term OR word for specific type of a SQL table

I am looking for a Term/Word for specific type of tables. I have tried to search a lot, but I could not come up with best search terms for this. Tables that hold some master information, such as ...
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Why is a vertical bar used as the OR operator in so many programming languages?

The Vertical Bar Operator (|) is used in a variety of constants to mean OR in some way: C-style languages use a | b to mean bitwise OR of a and b, a || b to mean logical OR of a and b. Regular ...
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What is an element of a schedule called? [closed]

I have a question about software modeling terminology, when modeling time. Say you have a repeating schedule MWF 4-5 p.m. What do you call Monday 4-5 p.m.? What's the term for that? using System; ...
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Why are good programmers referred to as Ninjas? [closed]

How is a Ninja programmer defined? If it is just an experienced developer, then is there really no better way to describe that? Ninja sounds like a childish marketing ploy designed to attract ...
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Why isn't C's most basic printing function named `print` instead of `printf`? [duplicate]

AFAIK, C does not have a print function. The most basic we can get is printf. So, is there a reason why this function is not simply named print, instead of printf? Note that this question is about ...
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Phrase for “timestamp”-like value that increments every time there is a state change?

Is there a phrase in common use for a counter that is incremented every time the state of an object changes? It's not quite a timestamp and it's not quite a revision but maybe there is a common name ...
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Name for Keeping Multiple Copies of a Variable

There is a bad practice in software engineering where a single piece of data is held by value in multiple places. For example, in an FPS, the location of the player could be held by the AI class, the ...
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If I implement an Interface, is it called an Inheritance?

If my class implements an interface then can I say that I'm following inheritance? I know that when a class extends another class then it's inheritance.
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What are “class methods” and “instance methods”, in Python?

There has been a discussion in chat relating to a question (the question itself being irrelevant to this one), that has revealed I may not know Python whatsoever. In my mind, although terminology ...
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Business domain vs technical domain

So I came across this post while researching about package structuring for MVC. I just need some clarifications on what a business domain and technical domain are. Examples would be helpful.
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What is the meaning of changing state of the program?

I was reading about common practices for naming functions and variables. Most of the seasoned programmers say verb should be used when a function changes the state of the program, and noun should be ...
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Is there a language agnostic term for statement parameters? [closed]

Is there a general term for the code that sets the parameters of statements require some kind of initialization or bounds? Examples: C: for (x=0; x<y; ++i) switch (controlling_variable) ...
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Differences between the terms Modules, Plugins, Extensions

While developing software, certain parts of my applications are not planned to be necessarily deployed with the main software. And they need to be named correctly. Now I understand apparently there ...
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Do there exist terms or classifications that describe the type of command line program you are writing?

Are there terms that are used to describe what kind of command line program you are programming based on how the program is designed to interact with the user? For example, I can write a program that ...
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Definition of Top-down Refactoring / Bottom-up Refactoring

In the context of refactoring, you sometimes come across the term "bottom up approach", which makes sense in a way that you change the smallest moving parts first when refactoring. However I never ...
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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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Developing a feature which sole purpose to be taken out? [closed]

What is the name of the pattern in which individual contributors (programmers/designers) developed an artifact for the sole purpose is to serve as a diversion so that management can remove that ...
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Are browser console errors 'compiler errors', 'runtime errors', or neither?

I was trying to communicate with a coworker about a JavaScript error I was being notified about in my browser's console window when I realized that I wasn't sure if I should refer to this as a ...
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Why the terms used in Scrum are so strange?

I'm not a native English speaker, currently I'm reading some articles about Scrum. I was wondering if the English terms used in Scrum seem strange to you? For example, backlog instead of todo; ...
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Is an employee's use of his/her company's product outside of work considered dogfooding?

Suppose I work at Microsoft. I would probably write the bulk of my code using Visual Studio, which is one of Microsoft's most popular projects. Therefore, dogfooding. Now suppose I work at Netflix, ...
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Is 'exercise bugs' an expression?

Is there an expression in programming that something will 'exercise bugs'? I have seen this written before but I don't know what it means.
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What is the difference between Static code analysis and code quality?

I need to know whether Static code analysis and code Quality are same or not because, I need to find out the tools for code quality and each time I google for it, I'm getting response for the tools ...
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Is there a term for unimplemented code that was written for someone else to fill in?

Sometimes in a programming exercise, boilerplate generation, putting guide rails around the tasks for a junior programmer to implement, etc., it happens that the programmer is presented unimplemented ...