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

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Things with expiry date

I'm a software developer and currently I'm creating an inventory application. I need to name things with expiry dates, like medicines or food, in general. In Java (the programming language I'm using) ...
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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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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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How to express relation that something belong to something, using noun phrase?

I want to express the belong relation between things, but not use of or 's such as "path of file" or "file's path". In coding, there is sometimes a need to express "belong" relation in an identifier ...
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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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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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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 is “deque” commonly pronounced?

deque is a standard container in the C++ programming language. Its name stands for Double Ended QUEue. I am wondering how this word should be pronounced: like deck (this is how I've pronounced it so ...
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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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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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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 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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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 better, or more correctly used? PS: I'm talking about source code.
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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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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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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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What do you call the phenomenon where a rectangle □ 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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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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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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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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“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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A term for non-player targetted information

I'm looking for a term that would describe the information that is not supposed to be known by players, not essential for their gaming experience. Like a game object (or feature) that isn't actually ...