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I am creating a base interface for both the class Upload and Download but I can't figure out what to call it. Is there an English word that can mean upload and at the same time download?

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"transfer" ...? –  tenfour May 11 '12 at 7:52
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I kinda hate upload and download, because I can never figure out which direction they mean. Just use get and put like FTP does. –  tchrist May 22 '12 at 1:56
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I would say data transfer. This can be either upload or download.

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or, file transfer –  J.R. May 11 '12 at 9:52
    
or file/data sharing –  Fr0zenFyr May 11 '12 at 10:38
    
+1 Though there's a technical difference between upload-download and data transfer, this still seems to come the closest. –  Kris May 11 '12 at 12:35
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@Frozen Fyr Sharing is not upload/ download. –  Kris May 11 '12 at 12:37
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I would recommend file transfer if you are transferring entire files, by analogy to FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

You want to distinguish what your interface does from general network communication, so data transfer is too generic.

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Two possible terms: 1) bidirectional data transfer and 2) full duplex data transfer. Here's a good discussion in relation to USB 3.0.

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Why not "load", with an "up" method and a "down" method?

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Exchange can mean upload and at the same time download.

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