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

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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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“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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Saying “programming” vs “coding” [duplicate]

I've always thought that "programming" sounded more professional opposed to "coding". But after looking at the words more closely I'm not entirely sure they mean the same thing. But even if they do ...
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Looking for a term that is the opposite of “location-based crowdsourcing”

When referring to services that provide access to crowdworkers to perform tasks to be done on a computer with an internet connection (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk), in contrast with those that allow ...
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Word for light after it has passed through a window / glass

The most evocative image I can think of for this is when the headlights of a car pass through your bedroom. I need this word because I have a computer graphics application that requires me to name a ...
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The ( changed ) meaning or classification of words in programming [closed]

I am facing a bit of a dilemma / problem. I am an amateur programmer ( profile ) , and in programming languages some terms are accepted, known to everyone and frequently used everywhere. My ...
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“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” [closed]

what is the meaning of “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” ? It is equal the meaning of " Do not dream small dreams " ?
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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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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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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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Program summary “Usage” section

I often need to include summaries of source code or tools, for example on GitHub. It's useful to have a section that describes how to use the component. The "Use" vs "Usage" debate has been answered ...
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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 there a computing term for form elements that have “relevant” values?

Is there a word for form elements that have “relevant” values? If there is, what is it? By “relevant” values, I mean values that we want to process or which are needed for processing. These values ...
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What are Java Programmers called?

I know that those who code in Python could be called Pythonistas, Pythoneers and Pythonists and Ruby programmers could be called Rubyists. Anyways, my question is, are there nicknames for other ...
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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 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 '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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How do you say an IP address?

I know how to say numbers in English, but I wonder if IP addresses are said in some special way. For instance, 127.0.0.1: I would say "one hundred twenty seven dot zero dot zero dot one". Is it ...
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Synonym for “artisan” with a more scientific connotation

Wikipedia describes "artisan" as: An artisan ... or craftsman ... is a skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or strictly decorative, including furniture, sculpture, ...
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What do you call something that reads and writes files?

In programming, it's common to write a class that both reads and writes files. What do you call this type of thing? Is it a file handler? A file parser? A file provider? A file streamer? How about a ...
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Expression for some special SQL queries

While I'm not native English speaker, I often need to express myself in English. For a week, I have been searching for a term which represents a kind of SQL query: SELECT something FROM somewhere ...
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Better verbage than “Most Recent”

I have a report that is creating a list of customer visits, with the goal of breaking customers into "Active, With Future Appointments", "Active, Recently", "Recent, No-Show", "Not seen in 90 days", ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Programming concision: “To replace the use of deprecated methods, for more up-do-date methods”

I was refactoring some old code and a lot of it used deprecated methods which had to be re-written to use more appropriate non-deprecated methods. When writing a changelog, it felt awkward writing ...
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Does the word “raytracer” exist?

If not, is it well readable anyway? "Ray tracer" seems to be used more frequently but this is not my question. An example sentence could be: A raytracer is a computer program that uses an ...
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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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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Is “delete” a hyponym of “edit”? [closed]

In computer science, is delete considered to be included in edit, or are they two separate things? Example: Editing item details and deleting items. In my case, both can be done by the same user ...
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Is “implicit” a suitable adjective for both “implied” and “inferred” properties?

I'm working on some software programming documents where certain types can be inferred from the code*. I have this tendency to then called these inferred types the implicit type. This makes sense ...
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What is a tool that encrypts data called?

If I have a software that encrypts data, how do I refer to it? 'Encryptor'?
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Should I use articles and capitalization in code comments? [closed]

When I watch programming video tutorials I noticed that different people (native EN speakers) use different styles of commenting the code when it comes to articles. Some use the headline style ...
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Adjective for object that makes another obsolete

This is for a relation between two objects that have a parent-children relationship. In this particular case, I am keeping a list of addresses that belong to users. When one user modifies their ...
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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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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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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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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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When do I use “hours” and “o'clock” in a programming document?

When do I have to use hours and o'clock in a programming document? For example, I have to show that the program runs at 23:45, should I use o'clock or hours? I used hours but my manager says that it'...
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Can't remember the word for literal setting of the variables

It is programming related. Well, I have a phrase, something like: If the parameter wasn't set ..., the default value should be used. I can't remember the word people usually use here. Something ...
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Are nouns like 'Create' appropriate in a compound? [closed]

I'm solving a problem where I must choose between 'CreateMethod' and 'CreationMethod'. The first one fits me better because I want to indicate an action, not the process invoked by that action. I'm ...
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Proper technical terms and sentence structure regarding web apps

Could you help me with a particular sentence in English? I am not a native speaker. I am writing about my company from our official twitter account where mistakes are not forgiven. I want to say that ...
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General noun for lingual/verbal/written representation of data?

I'm a software developer and I try to take naming variables, functions, classes etc. rather seriously. I'm looking for a single-word noun that describes the verbal display or representation of data. ...
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When to respond to “you” with “I” or “Me” from sentence context

I'm writing a program that responds to sentences, but I'm running into an issue: You write: I like that you like me. Program responds: What do you think makes you like that me like you? ...
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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 “ignorably” a word?

I would like to use ignorably as the adverb of ignorable but I am not sure whether this is correct. I did not find ignorably in any online dictionary. To give the context: Normally, you cannot ignore ...
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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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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 42,...