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

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Is “signup for registration” redundant?

I'm writing a document for an exercise-project spec. The line goes: A simple registration website where visitors can view registered users and signup for registration themselves. Is this being ...
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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even ...
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“Upload to” vs. “upload on”

Which preposition should follow the verb to upload — to, on, or something else?
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One word for simplicity, expressiveness, and error avoidance? [closed]

Is there a good word to describe all three of them? Currently, I'm writing my thesis, and it's about designing an API. So one of my goals is to achieve all of these: simplicity, expressiveness and ...
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“As of this patch…” , “From this patch onward…”?

I want to express that the new patch of the software I am writing enables the system to do "X". Which of the following options are preferable: As of this patch, the system is able to do X. ...
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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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“A” or “an” for symbols that start with @ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” vs “an”? I'm writing about concepts in programming languages, and for instance in the Java language, so-called annotations are declared with an "@" ...
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Is “catenate” used in IT parlance?

When I was doing my IT degree in the 80s we learned that, in programming terms, concatenation was the act of joining two strings together. Recently I was reading a technical manual and came across ...
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What's the meaning of boilerplate in programming?

I am not very clear about the word boilerplate when it comes to programming. How is it different to other similar terms such as template and prototype? I would appreciate some examples that clearly ...
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Is there a forum or discussion group to discuss programmatically editing English grammar and spelling in texts? [closed]

I am a programmer and my current project has me scanning and analyzing texts to see what elements can be corrected automatically. For example, change i to I, ur to your, etc. Basically getting rid ...
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Alternatives for computer programming terms, for better understanding [closed]

There are several words in computer science which seem quite easy to understand, but when you just mix them with their application, they look more and more complex. I have seen many people who are new ...
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Synonyms for “Inspect”

We have software which currently has these menu items: Map, Talk, Inspect, Analyze, Report, Team. We realize that the word Inspect word is not clear enough for most people. We have all the raw data ...
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What does “randomically” mean?

I've just read an O’Reilly book and encoutered the word randomically. I highly suspect this is a made up word, but a quick google found it in use here, here, and here. Is this some obscure technical ...
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Small Question Regarding Article the or a [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) I always don't understand which one to use, a or the or nothing. I got a ...
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Where does the phrase “run code” or “run software” come from? Why “run”?

Historically speaking, it makes sense to me someone would say run "the computer". Early computers (not a human computer) were mechanical machines with moving parts that could achieve a velocity deemed ...
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The verb for carrying out a bitwise OR/AND operation

I'm writing a scientific/technical text which involves describing some low level code. I need to complete the following sentence: When two values are combined, their tags are _ _ _ _ _ _ together ...
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“Plugable” or “pluggable”

When it comes to programming copy edits, there are lots of words that would otherwise be thrown out or replaced. Hive uses a plugable design. Should that be plugable or pluggable? If the ...
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What is an 'Iron Ring Event'

In a recent podcast of .Net rocks (at 45 minutes 29 seconds), regarding the future of software craftsmanship, it is postulated that there will be an 'Iron Ring Event' (if I heard it correctly). From ...
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IT-related synonym for “context” [closed]

I'm developing an application which has an "Event" system that basically allows application extensions to attach events to a certain "context". When the application reaches a context, it will fire ...
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Should the beginner's program read "Hello, World? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should the comma be placed in the salutation of a letter? I was thinking today about comma usage and the typical first output for a beginning programmer. In the ...
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“Enclosure” vs. “attachment”

If I understand it correctly, one usually uses the term enclosure when referring to extra documents to e.g. a letter. But what if these extra items are not other documents and papers? Say I have ...
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What does the word “hacking” or “hacker” come from? [closed]

Is there a history behind the word "hacker" and "hacking"? Could it have anything to do with "hashing" i.e. using a hash function?
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When writing user stories, should there be a comma after “As a User”, and before “I want”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma after introductory phrases Agile software development often encourages people to write up user stories using a given formula. The formula is: "As a User I want to ...
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Mailshot or Newsletter?

I'm developing a web based application that allows people to send email to many customers, for advertisement purposes. What's the correct name for that? newsletter or mailshot? EDIT: to avoid ...
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What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?

I have a data string that is defined as having two characters for the ID value, six characters for longitude, etc. "Fixed-length string" does not convey the requirement for internal bits of the string ...
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Why is it correct to say “to negate a double”? [closed]

In programming you can negate a double. At least Google hits tend to that, but there are, though, a lot of hits for invert a double. While the definition of to invert is clear to invert: to ...
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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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Explanation of sentence [closed]

I don't understand this sentence.... I know the meaning of all words except distinct... I looked in dictionary.. but I don't understand..:/ Output the number of distinct values when considered MOD ...
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“Art developer” or “arts developer” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference, if any, between 'art', 'the arts', and 'Art'? Which is more correct in describing a software developer: art developer or ...
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Contract metaphor for preconditions and postconditions [closed]

English is not my primary language but I'm "forced" to write code and code's comments in English. I'm now trying to develop a PHP code (doesn't really matter this aspect) like this: function ...
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Instrumented? What is a good explanation/definition of the word. (English: Tech Jargon)

What is a good explanation/definition of the word Instrumented? as in "Good code needs to be instrumented..." I did a brief web search, but the few places it pops up seem to also be full of jargon, ...
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How to pronounce the programmer's abbreviation “char”

In many programming languages, char is a type name for character values. The word character is pronounced with a [k] sound, but what about char? While trying to find the answer elsewhere, I learnt ...
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Describing “data backend” [closed]

I have to translate "data backend" to Russian and Hebrew without using borrowed words. I'll appreciate if someone describes what "data backend" means so I could find proper words in my language.
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Precedence: and > or?

The question Precedence of “and” and “or” asks if there is any notion of precedence ordering in the English and it would seem not, based on the answers. Regardless of that, if you saw the following ...
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What's the verb for 'to form a canonical representation'?

I'd like to describe the activity of turning a set of elements into its canonical (standardized base) form. Some candidates seem to be: canonicalize canonize I'd also like to name the device ...
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Title Capitalization of Keywords in Programming Languages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts ...
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Pronunciation of UI

I heard someone pronounce UI as yooey. I guess this comes from the pronunciation of GUI, which is gooey. How common is this compared to yoo-eye and user-interface?
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Why pool of processes?

I hit the sentence: The ProcessPoolExecutor class is an Executor subclass that uses a pool of processes to execute calls asynchronously. I was looking for the word pool which means swimming ...
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Meaning of “nulled” in reference to software [closed]

I've seen so many links which have this title: ioncube php encoder nulled What does it mean?
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What's the correct word to use in order to prompt the user to enter the data in a computer app: “Enter” or “Insert”?

When I write an application with a programming language and I want some inputs from the user, should I use the word "Enter" or "Insert"?
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How do you pronounce “cURL,” the computer utility? [closed]

Are there programmers here? I'd like to know how you guys pronounce cURL. Because I don't live in a country that uses English, I haven't heard it yet.
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Is 'unwind' an appropriate term for describing the shrinking phase of a recursive process? [closed]

Can we say, for instance, that once the base case for a recursive procedure is reached, the recursive process consisting of the evaluation of the procedure 'unwinds'? Here, the term 'unwind' would ...
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Is 'Sold Count' a good term

I am writing a technical document, and in it I want to refer to the number of units sold for each product. I want to make it concise, and 'sold count' comes to mind. Does this term sound right? Are ...
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What does regression mean here? [closed]

Quoted from here: green gfx bugs while playing avi file encoded with ultimotion codec most likely libavfilter-caused regression Can someone here explain in more detail?
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What's the origin of “beta” to describe a “user-testing” phase of computer development?

It occurred to me that I use the term "beta" to describe a "release candidate" of a computer product that has passed all expectations of the development team, and is now being given limited exposure ...
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Why is the plural acronym “CSS” treated as singular?

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, which is a plural phrase. One would say: Cascading Style Sheets are used to provide a central location for all of the stylings of a project. However, it ...
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How “macro” in computer programming came about

The prefix macro- is normally used for large things like macroeconomics and macroscopic. How did it come to be used to describe text macros in the programming world?
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Question regarding “does”/“do”

What rule of grammar does this sentence break? (I mean the "does" part of the following sentence) What does the status indicators mean? Also, why does english.stackexchange.com have a code ...
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When I say “comment out”, does it mean to uncomment something or comment it?

When I say "comment out", does it mean to uncomment something or comment it? What is more better, or correctly, used? PS: I'm talking about source code.
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Is this phrase “now processing..don't terminate this program” correct? [closed]

I'm developing an application in English, but I'm not a native English speaker, so it's hard to put some English phrases in my app. The following message will appear when my program is processing, so ...