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I didn't come here for an argument

Is there any consensus on how the word for a heated discussion (which apparently comes from the same root as Silver/Argent) also came to mean a parameter passed to a function? Edit: ...
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Etymology of the phrase “Dependency injection” in computer science

It's my understanding that this used to be simply referred to as "reference passing" but later became formalized into a pattern that implemented a design principle and acquired the new name. Can you ...
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what does “ on top of ” mean here?

A desktop environment is a graphical user interface on top of the operating system. GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox are some examples of the desktop environment. I can not understand the meaning of ...
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How to describe an amount of data in the introduction

I'm writing a thesis, mostly about computer science (cloud computing, mostly). In the introduction I'd like to give the reader a vague idea about how much data we are talking about (4.5 TB if I ...
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Single English word for Family Tree? [duplicate]

In computer science, when we are doing object oriented programming, we define parent-child relationship. If we define the Parent class (Top root) and a number of Children classes (Siblings nodes), we ...
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Etymology of “ping”

According to Wikipedia ping, the IP network utility, was named after the sonar "ping", which is apparently onomatopoeic. However, "ping" is now used in the vernacular in the sense of "pinging" ...
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“Bit rot” in the context of mobile apps on a mobile platform

Is "bit rot" appropriate as a term to describe how software on a mobile phone appears to degrade in performance as a consequence of receiving updates which are intended for a more powerful hardware ...
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What does salt and slug mean in IT?

salt: For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, ...
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What is the opposite of decoupled (computer science)

The image of decoupled (two train cars separated) is clear. In computer science, writing "decoupled" code is a Good Thing, it implies breaking code into discrete pieces that can be tested ...
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Looking for a word to semantically represent the input data to a template

I am trying to come up with a very specific semantically narrow term for the information/data that fed into a template to materialize an output. data, info, input and the like are to generic and ...
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What is the difference between Disk and Disc? [duplicate]

I have come across both, but find it difficult to distinguish the difference.
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How to read “BSON”?

BSON is a particular data format used in web development, derived from the JSON format. JSON is pronounced "jay-son" as the Greek hero, and given the tendendcy the scientific community has to have ...
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Better way to say keyboard/mouse combo

I'm looking for a better way to describe a keyboard and mouse that go together, as part of a set. They might just match aesthetically, or they could share the same USB dongle. Right now I just call it ...
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Do you “hit” or “press” a button?

I am currently writing an user manual for a software tool, providing step-by-step usage instructions. I am aware that pressing a button is a perfectly fine expression. However, I'm trying to find ...
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Why is an application called an application?

Sometimes it's nice to know where the words we use everyday as programmers actually come from. For example, I can explain how a computer screen relates to a flat material onto which diaporamas used to ...
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Are software titles italicized?

The titles of freestanding works (books, movies, plays, albums, etc.) are italicized; smaller parts within these works (chapters in a book, articles in a magazine, songs within an album) are not (they ...
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When did “creep” get associated with computer controlled units in games?

I first saw this term in use for neutral units in Warcraft 3 (released 2002), and then that got carried through derivatives such as Dota (2003). Was Warcraft 3 the first time creep was used as a ...
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What do you call the phenomenon where a rectangle Ϳ is shown because a font lacks a glyph?

Is there a name to describe the situation where a particular character is shown on a computer screen in a particular font, but this font does not have a glyph for this particular character? Usually, ...
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Word for: older than legacy

In computer programming "legacy" usually means some older version of something, that is still there for compatibility reasons. Is there any other technical word to describe something even older and ...
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Word for any Word Processing document [closed]

When sorting my files, I use the folder Presentation, Spreadsheet, Drawing and Database, because I use multiple Operating Systems. But I don't have a word for Apple Pages / Microsoft Office Word / ...
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Less derogatory term for dump

I’m making a (multiple-)photo editing web-app, and there is a certain feature which allows users to sort of “hibernate” their accounts and log out, allowing them to pick up exactly where they left off ...
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Historical meaning of “program” as a verb

Frozen since 1837, some guy just thawed up and confronted me with the verb 'to program' in the context of CS. If by programming an automatic computer, we mean “to put instructions in main memory for ...
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What does “flavor” mean in the field of Information Technology? [closed]

I often notice the word flavor being used on the Web. I'm from Russia, and this word is generally translated into Russian as the equivalent of 'impression', 'taste' etc. However, these translations ...
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What does your sense of language tell you about this blog post title? [closed]

The title is "Boiling React Down to Few Lines in jQuery". Is it confusing? Is it appealing or bringing attention? Does it feel wrong? And last, are there anything grammatically wrong with it? Please ...
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Is it “falsy” or “falsey”?

I have seen both versions of the word, falsy and falsey. It can mean "something that is equivalent to false" in computer science, such as "The only two falsy values in the Ruby Language are false and ...
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Non-repudiable vs non-refutable vs non-reputable in computer security

In computer security there is a concept known as: non-repudiation "Non-repudiation refers to a state of affairs where the purported maker of a statement will not be able to successfully challenge the ...
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Antonym for “machine readable data”?

I want to describe data that is easy for a human to understand but very difficult for a machine to understand. Like, raw unfiltered user input. For example, suppose I have a column in a table that ...
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How to name non-web software? [duplicate]

I am writing an article that is focus on websites and web applications. I also need to refer to the rest software products. But I don't know how to properly name them. I could say "non-web software", ...
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What’s the difference between “tool” and “utility”?

I find these two words appear together often, especially mentioned as tool and utility for the Unix operating system. So I am wondering about the difference between them.
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Does code run in or on a thread?

Any programmers around? Which of the following is correct, or more common: The code runs in a background thread. The code runs on a background thread. That's it. Just a simple word different. As ...
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“Programatically” v.s. “Pragmatically” [closed]

Whenever I need to express the fact that I need to express some process in terms of code, I generally use the word pragmatic. For example: How can I extract the markdown tags that a website uses ...
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Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?

In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting, is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting? If not, what synonyms, preferably ...
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Provenance of 'deprecated' (in the programming sense)

What are some early uses of "deprecation" in computer science? When did the word enter common usage in the field of programming? Are there any particularly well-known examples of early deprecations ...
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Etymology of “compiler” (computer term)

A friend and I were debating on the origin of the word "compiler". A quick google search led me to discover that Grace Hopper coined the term. But I'm not sure how or on what basis did she coin the ...
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Is there a term for a highlighted option?

I'm curious - is there a term for a character that is used to denote a highlighted option in text-based navigation? For example, say we have this menu when navigating a text-only menu: One > ...
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Computing: 32 bit or 32 bits? [duplicate]

This question comes from this other debate at SuperUser Forum. I have asked it here too because: It appears not to be only a technical question, but a language question too. Most of the answers in ...
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What is the etymology of 'munge'?

My own brief investigation into the etymology of munge yielded the following entry from The New Hacker's Dictionary: [derogatory] To imperfectly transform information. A comprehensive ...
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What do we call the GUI “box” which groups elements together?

What's the English (non-technical) word we use to refer to a GUI "box" which groups different elements together? For example, we can see a Performance "box" in this image: What's an alternative ...
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What is the meaning of “is that of”? How to understand it?

I am reading Distributed Systems Concept And Design. I don't understand the following sentence on page 613, especially the is that of phrase. The state si in the global state S corresponding to ...
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“The Sultan of Swat” is to nickname as “Babe” is to what?

Trying to name things in a computer data model. People have a variety of name roles, such as legal name, maiden name, etc. "The Sultan of Swat" is a nickname or pseudonym of George Ruth. It seems ...
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Antonym of “Device” in computer terminology

How would I talk about something that is either a laptop or a desktop, but not a smartphone or tablet? Is "computer" ok, even though technically speaking, smartphones and tablets are or contain ...
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Does a recursive procedure “recur”?

In programming, a recursive procedure is defined as a procedure which refers to itself in the code. The question is, is "recur" the corresponding verb to the adjective "recursive"? Can I say that a ...
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Can “backup” be used as a verb in the context of data management? [duplicate]

I have heard backup being used as a verb in the sense of I have to backup my hard disk by non-native English speakers (the English noun backup is also used in other languages, for example in ...
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How are invented names like “scrypt” pronounced that include nonstandard abbreviations?

In technical contexts, I often come across terms that are invented names where some underlying meaning is not spelled out but can be inferred. This inferred meaning would often be lost if one tried to ...
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Is there a verb to express moving files within a cloud, similar to “to upload” and “to download”

Writelatex is an awesome cloud solution to write LaTeX documents online. Through one of their dialogs one can "upload" files to the cloud. However, when looking at the options offered, all but one - ...
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A word for “Progress Bar” when it's not used to measure progress

What would you call something that looks exactly like a progress bar (ie: When you are installing a program) but that isn't used to measure the progress of a task. In this case it's used to display ...
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Version control “in revision” vs. “at revision”

Should a programmer use in or at as a preposition when referring to the version-control revision number? Example: Which is correct, fixed in revision 12345 or fixed at revision 12345? The ...
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Name of Shift-Key Concept

What is the name of the concept or type of key used in shifting characters on a mobile device? Many common virtual keyboards used in cellphones and advanced mobile devices use a certain paradigm for ...
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call vs invoke - informatics context

Particularly in computer science and informatics, when should one use them? Is call the preferred form? For instance, call function invoke method Googling for "call operation" returns +300 000 ...
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...