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

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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 the word 'formatting' be used as a noun?

Can the word formatting be used as a noun like in the following sentence: Consider the formatting of this JavaScript code... Or is it a gerund which should be used without an article: Consider ...
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Difference between “architecture” and “structure” in the context of software

In the software industry, we call a step to building a software "architecture". I always take "architecture" as "structure". So for me, software architecture = software structure. Is that right?
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How is SQL pronounced?

When I was learning SQL, I remember reading that it should be pronounced just like the word sequel; however, I worked with a bunch of techs who seemed to prefer S-Q-L. Is there a proper convention for ...
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What does an odometer measure? Another term for “mileage”

I'm developing a software application in which users must enter odometer values of their cars. I'm looking for the correct term for the variable/database field that stores an odometer reading. Terms ...
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“Archivable” or “archiveable”

I have an entity and I would like to describe it as being able to be archived. Is it archivable, archiveable (which seem OK for me but no wiktionary.org results) or something else?
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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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Is there a way to measure how “emotive” a verb is?

I've read that "People buy on emotion and justify with logic" and that, when writing sales copy, one should use "emotive" words. Now understand my background is intensely technical and, while I can ...
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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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Slightly different meanings of “National” and usage

I'm a programmer and I have to name some columns in a database. It's about sports competitions. I have to classify the leagues and competitions in two properties. One of them is if they are national ...
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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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The oppsite word of “indent” is “outdent” or “unindent”?

Is the opposite word of "indent" is "outdent", or is it "unindent"? Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.
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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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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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Character pointer correct pronunciation [duplicate]

In C/C++ language the character pointer is denoted by char * What is the correct pronunciation for this? Is it "char star" where "ch" in "char" is pronounced as in character/choir or is it "char ...
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How to call to this profession in English?

What do you call this profession in English - a man who creates layouts for web sites in css and html? This is a very important question. Because in the Russian-speaking community still no one can ...
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“log in to” or “log into” or “login to”

When writing an instruction about connecting to a computer using ssh, telnet, etc., I'm not sure what spacing to use in this familiar spoken phrase: "Log in to host.com" "Log into host.com" "Login ...
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What is the sense of using word “argument”, for inputs of a function?

In computer jargon, we refer to "inputs of a function" as "arguments". I was wondering what the sense is in doing so.
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What is correct form of writing: “users names” or “user names”? [duplicate]

Let me ask you a question which I've derived from my programming practice: Let's assume, I have a number of users represented by their names: John, Pete, Stanislaw, Marc, ... What words should I use ...
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Is English particularly well suited for so-called “natural language programming”?

Programming languages like sEnglish, Inform7, WolframAlpha, and even AppleScript purport to use the "natural language programming" (NLP) paradigm. Even SQL is a kind of NLP, if you think about it. ...
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Single word to use instead of “can't” or “won't”

I'm looking for a single word to use instead of can't or won't. (Single also meaning no hyphenation or conjunctions/contractions. The differences between the words in regard to being unable to vs. ...
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“Hierarchical” vs. “hierarchic”

When do you use hierarchical and when hierarchic? For example, hierarchical database sounds much more native to me, even as a non-native English speaker. But why isn't it hierarchic database? Edit: ...
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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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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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Which is right: “drop-down” or “drop down”?

What is the proper way to write this term when writing product documentation? Hyphenated or not? drop down list or drop-down list?
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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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Need help constructing consistent sentences, and naming parts

I'm a software developer and I'm trying to write a consistent "grammar" for an audit log feature. An Audit log is basically a list of actions that happened. As it's a part of the database I need ...
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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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a better expression for 'percentage divided by 100'

The function f(a,x) returns the value in the array a specified by x, where x is a percentage of the length of the array, divided by 100. (i.e. x can be any number between 0 and 1, corresponding ...
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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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What does “no-op” mean?

In the Remarks section of a Microsoft dbset.add page I read Remarks: Note that entities that are already in the context in some other state will have their state set to Added. Add is a no-op if ...
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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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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 there any statistical data about English languange? [closed]

Not sure if this is on topic, feel free to migrate it, close it or delete it, it's the first time here, i found the programming tag so I give it a shot. Is it possible to download some sort of a ...
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How to call these types of fragments? [closed]

I have three types of sentence fragments: Type A: "a sphere with a stem" Type B: "has a worm" Type C: "that is red" How can I call these fragment types to distinguish them? Context: I ...
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Is there a specific term for “conditions treated as though there are OR operators between them”?

I'm writing a program that generates playlists from a large pool of mp3 files. The program can keep track of total playing time, number of tracks and total size of the files, and can be given upper ...
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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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Single word for (request, response) pair? (casual words ok)

I'm looking for a unambiguous word (or else expression) for referring to a question and a corresponding answer as a single entity. The word should express that no more and no less than 1 question and ...
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Find or invent a term for “Completely intersecting minus one”

I'm writing a paper that frequently references regions on a string, and these regions often intersect. I need to succinctly describe regions that almost completely intersect. For example, given the ...
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Speculable or Speculatable?

In the field of programming, we know a function is "safe to speculatively execute" if it has no side-effects. Is there a single word which can describe this attribute? Speculable? Speculatable? ...
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Should I write documentation on first person plural or on third person singular?

I'm a Spanish computer programmer and I usually write code and documentation in my native language, but lately I'm trying to migrate them to English. The point is this kind of writing is quite formal ...
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unsigned 64bit integer vs. 64-bit unsigned integer?

I found several way to write the same thing, but it may be that only one is really correct, can you help me to find the correct sentence. I want to specify the type of a parameter for a function (a C ...
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Is there an abstract word for the environment in which a vehicle can move?

I am looking for a word (or short construct of words) that could be used to refer to things that a given vehicle could traverse: "sky, land, water. etc." To give an analogue, I can refer to ...
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When backward compatibility is bad

Sometimes, making a poor design choice in the past prohibits the programmers from providing neat solutions in the future. You want to abandon the wrong route and start from scratch. Which word or ...
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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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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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A noun which describes an object that fulfills a condition?

I'm currently working on my bachelor thesis in the major of Information Systems and I'm coding a small tool, which analyses other programs based on pre-defined conditions. So now I'm looking for an ...
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Frequent use of word not found in dictionary, “programatically.”

Here's a word I see often on StackOverflow, "programatically." Used to indicate that a programmer intends to do something within the code of a program, rather than through user interaction. For ...
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What is the word for something that is based on a prototype?

If two objects (or "types") have the relationship where one is the prototype of the other, then the other is the __ of the prototype. In this sentence, from the context of the prototype: This ...