Questions about English used for talking about programming, but not about programming languages themselves.

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Grammar rule for 'the' in front of a noun

Is there an exhaustive list of rules for when to put 'the' in front of a noun, more specifically a location? I want my program to be able to be smart about doing exactly this when building sentences. ...
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Word that means “intentional bug”

I am wondering if there is a word that essentially means "intentional bug", that the designers or maintainers of the software either introduced knowingly or preserved after recognition of its ...
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States of a voucher?

if I have a voucher, what are the two "states" of the voucher. Like is it "free" or "unused" when I haven't used it yet and "used" or "redeemed" when I used it? Example sentence: "Susi doesn't ...
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Is the verb “cast” in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb?

An actor is "cast" in a role: Jane Lee is cast as "Jo Smith". A sculpture is "cast" in bronze: molten bronze is poured into a mould. A variable is "cast" as a certain type of information in ...
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Is there a term for the point in time when a product can begin to use itself?

I know there is the term "dogfooding" and have even found other variations on the phrase "... eat our own dog food": "drinking our own champaign" "eating our own cooking" "ice cream our customers ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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Is there a term for “likes” and “dislikes” on a social network?

What is the term to use for "likes" and "dislikes" on social networks? Are they marks or grades or rates or anything else? My purpose is that I'm programming a system where I have a Post domain ...
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What do you call the process of processing data before triggering an event? [closed]

If I have a process below in an Event-Oriented System, Pub-Sub System, or etc: Receive Input -> Process Data -> Decide if to Trigger Event -> Trigger Event what word or process can I call ...
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What is a layman's term for "uniform distribution [closed]

I'm creating an implementation of a Lindenmayer system (L-system) in the Clojure programming language and I'm trying to figure out a name for a utility function which takes a number of arguments and ...
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What do I call software as opposed to DB/DBMS?

In my documentation I'm trying to refer to the program in context of interaction with database / DBMS as opposed to the latter. How do I call such program or software? "Outbound", "outer", "calling", ...
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Is “demo” understood in all languages? [closed]

The word "demo" is widely used in the information technology field as "demonstration" in many languages. Many applications are distributed in a "demo" form before users purchase them. I would like to ...
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Is EndDate higher, or later than StartDate?

In technical documentation, where you have two variables, StartDate and EndDate, how do you say that the EndDate must come after StartDate? Do you use the lower-higher or sooner-later comparison? Or ...
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urlencoded - What means [closed]

What does the word urlencoded mean? I found the word used in the following context, on this website: Note that the value portion of the cookie will automatically be urlencoded when you send the ...
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Set something (a setting, variable, piece of configuration) to/at/for a specific value - programming and IT

During a code review, I noticed a phrasing in an error message that made me scratch my head a little. The message was something akin to: The value is set for {} where {} is a place-holder for a ...
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Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax

I've always used the term canonical syntax to refer to a computer language, the syntax of which is verbose and resembles the patter in conventional human speech. Recently, I learned that canonical ...
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A Term for a Location Where a Person has Stopped or Idled for an allocated length of time

I am developing a Geographic Information System where GPS coordinates are gathered and analyzed in a server. I have a module where I collect coordinates/points in a map where a person has stopped for ...
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Programming: what does “to bump a counter” mean?

I can't figure out the meaning of the word "bump" in the following sentence: Periodically, a full sweep is made — large objects are still not copied (they just get their generation count bumped), ...
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Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template?

Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template? For example: The verb for transforming "Hello FirstName LastName" to "Hello John Smith".
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How to describe lists with different ordering schemes?

I'm helping someone copy a list of lines a certain number of times into a new list, and I don't know how to describe the list that we're creating. For example, let's copy a list composed of 1, 2, and ...
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Name of a programmer of a quantum computer? [closed]

What is the quantum computing specific term for a "computer programmer?"
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Single word for expressing “those which I am dependent on”

Is there any single (or near to single) word for expressing those which I am dependent on? I am searching for a dual term to dependent - the other side of the dependency. Something like the ...
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What's a good SINGLE word to mean emit sound? [closed]

I would like to use a single word to express emitting sound specifically to be used in programming code. If I used 2 words it would be something like PLAY SOUND but I would like to avoid delimiters ...
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Is checkedness a word?

In the W3C HTML 5 specification, there are a number times the word checkedness is used, the following is where each word links to when used: Form controls have a value and a checkedness. Is ...
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How to name the diagonals of a square so one can be told from the other?

A square has two diagonals, so how can I to name the separate diagonals if I want to distinguish one from another? I mean something like the up to down diagonal and the down to up diagonal. Do you ...
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How do I express “create new if [this data] does not already exist”?

I'm programming and want to create a variable only if it does not already exist. Is there a way to express this with a single word? For example, if the variable already exists, I have the options ...
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What is an antonym for “refactoring” with regards to programming?

Consider this definition of "refactoring" from Martin Fowler's book, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code: Refactoring is the process of changing a software system in such a way that ...
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“Automation” versus “automatization” [closed]

I would like to characterize the action of making a process go automatically instead of doing it manually. The context is computer programming. A programmer may type in 10 pieces of code with only a ...
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I need help with selecting correct title for technical article [duplicate]

I am a technical writer, tasked with producing a tutorial on PHP programming. In the latest work on the series, I've titled my article: "An Overview of PHP Data Types and Variable Concepts" The ...
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Term for removing/replacing line-breaks

I'm looking for a good term for removing line-breaks from a piece of text and replacing them with a special line-break marker. (Like how, when quoting poetry, we use "/" to represent a break; though ...
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Is there a word for making a change to something, expecting a change in outcome, but no change in outcome occurs?

This is a phenomena I experience occasionally in programming when debugging. I will have a program that doesn't do what I want, so I make a change to the code expecting the program to do something ...
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Technological word for Code Branch, or Region?

Looking for a word that describes a section, or branch of computer code. In this instance, I am assigning numerical ID's to system alarms, and I want to differentiate each section of alarms based on ...
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Alternative to “autopsy” for software

We're developing a software feature that allows the user to examine the result of a series of rules after those rules are executed. We've tentatively called this feature running an "autopsy". ...
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Need words to resolve the ambiguity of “interface” in OOP. It can mean either a type defined with the keyword “interface” or an object's accessibility

In some object-oriented programming languages, the keyword interface is used for declaring a type that defines how objects that implement (another keyword) it may accept messages (calls) from other ...
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How to say a case of “multiple of multiples” correctly?

In programming I often step into cases where names of variables have to indicate a group of groups. How do I properly formulate them in terms of multiplicity word endings? Examples (concrete ...
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Meaning of code outlining in the context of programming

Currently I'm translating a book regarding programming. In one section the developement environment LiteIDE and it's features are mentioned. One of them is code outlining. Since I can't find any ...
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Is my usage of the term “context” and its related verbs in this context meaningful? [closed]

In speech and writing, the meaning of context is: 1.1 The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning: HTML or XML codes ...
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Using italics in IT-related diploma thesis [closed]

I'm currently working on a diploma thesis describing a computer program, and I'd like to unify my usage of italics. The problem is, I do not know whether there is an academic standard for using ...
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Is “cacheability” a word (technical word)?

Alternate spelling - "cachability" (seems perhaps less popular/proper) In Computer Science, the word "cache" is used in a specific sense to mean a place (usually in a specific memory location) where ...
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How would you call the main software used by a company

I'm looking for a word designating the main software of a company. I know the term line of business application, but I never heard anyone say "this is our line of business application", only "this is ...
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How is the past tense of “error” spelt in British English? [duplicate]

How is the past tense of "error" spelt in British English? Wiktionary says that it's "errored", but its entry for errored doesn't explicitly say it's valid for British English, and I thought it'd get ...
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Is there an english word that means opposite yet complementary and orthogonal without a positive/negative connotation?

I am looking for a word to use to describe technical traits of a programming language that are the opposite of each other yet complementary. There is no positive or negative connotation to either ...
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Operator, operand - term for the result?

How the result may be called when applying an operator to its operands? In eg. programming one may be familiar with a so-called "expression" like this one from a SO question: x>y && z==5 ...
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Word for update/create [duplicate]

Is there an english word, which can be used for both update and create? I'm programming a function which creates something if it doesn't exist already, otherwise it updates the stuff. A word which ...
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Is “the” needed with the word “code” used in a general programming sense?

Basically, me and my colleagues (not native English speakers) had a discussion on whether we need "the" or not in this sentence: Administrative / system passwords shouldn't be used in the code. ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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Something that has dependencies is a

As is often the case, I got stuck while programming because I couldnt' find the right name for a variable. I want to write an interface for a class that has dependencies, but I'm unsure about how to ...
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Is this statement combination correct?

I have two statements to make: Note that records are keyed on their name, not an integer Note that records are uniquely identified by their name, not an integer I considered combining these with ...
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Is there any word for the opposite of a “bug” in programming?

A "bug" is essentially when a program fails to function as expected/desired. What I'm looking for is a word for the opposite of that - a function that is desired but isn't supposed to be working yet ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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“We proceed to a further generalization…” removing stuffy language from a technical paper [closed]

I am a math major, but sometimes I read the stuffy language in these papers and I really crack up. The worst part is, when I start writing I do exactly the same thing. Certain phrases used over and ...