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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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What's the meaning of “vertical” in a software project description?

I'm a programmer from Brazil and have here a software project to estimate. In the description I found these sentences: ...to provide the use cases for the vertical they might be interested. ...
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Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?

What's the word for a software bug that reoccurs after being fixed? I'm embarking on some test-driven development (TDD) for a project, and I want to use the right term but have forgotten the word. ...
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What do we call quality management system software? [closed]

Is there a specific name for all kind of software related to quality management system, i.e. ISO 9001. being more specific, when in business someone talks about an ERP, everybody knows what does that ...
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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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What does “prod issues” mean in computer science and software engineering?

DevOps engineers are those who are good at debugging, troubleshooting, analyzing prod issues and providing solutions. Who have good hands on technologies like unix shell scripting, perl, SQL etc. ...
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How to use translator websites? [closed]

When I recently checked out the Google Translate website, where I translated some text from English into Tamil, I found that it translates individual words literally but does not translate sentences ...
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What is a single word that means both 'Import' and 'Export'? [duplicate]

In my web application, I am importing and exporting users to/from the application. So, for that I would like to have a single word to generally represent 'Import/Export process'. I've gone through ...
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Software bug formal usage

Is it appropriate to use terms "software bug" and/or just "bug" in formal report? What else could be used instead? Defect?
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Is it correct to say “We did a make”?

When we build software using Make or a similar build tool, is it correct to say "We did a make"? Also, do we need to say "The files were built using make" instead of "The files were made"?
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What is the pronunciation of “Software”?

I have heard the pronunciation of the word Software as "softwher".But recently i've heard Steve Jobs saying "sofwher" in a YouTube video. link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN4U5FqrOdQ
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“Maintenance” or “Support”?

I would like to differentiate between free basic support services, included in the License (Software) and additional paid support services. In which case should I use 'Support' and in which ...
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Single-word replacement for “by definition”?

Software that is free is that which, by definition, has its full source code published. I thought about definitionally, but after looking it up, it doesn't seem to be right.
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Reviewing documents for technical users [closed]

I am working on reviewing a document which details what a software application does. It is supposed to be detailed enough for a non-technical person to understand. A technical user will then ...
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Customizable style checker [closed]

I am looking for a customizable style checker. Preferably with Ruby bindings. I have seen previous posts on here about static "grammar" checkers. However, I want something much more flexible allowing ...
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How do I use parentheses to pluralize something [duplicate]

Related Question that I don't like the answer to because it conflicts with my industry's standards (see bottom of post). Edit: I asked a new question because I'm looking for an answer, not an ...
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Translation of « débrayable » for camera modes and automatic software processing

I am French and I am looking for how to express the concept of the French word débrayable: Something débrayable is able to be manually configured as opposed of something which is always automatically ...
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Need a computer tool to find words with certain patterns of letters

I am trying to decipher some illegible writing by a nurse. For instance, I have a word where I am fairly certain the word starts with an E, ends with an L and contains a T somewhere in the middle. It ...
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Is this usage correct? “versions N and prior”

Or is this correct "version N and prior"? Mainly, I'm asking about this because in version N and prior I think that "versions" are implied by prior, hence one would read it as version N ...
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Software for transcribing English phonetics

After asking this question and learning a lot of facts from comments I got there, I was wondering about the existence of software that transcribes English text into phonetics. I discovered sites such ...
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Single word for undo / redo capability

I'm looking for a single word that describes an application that provides the capability to redo or undo steps. My first thoughts were something like modifiable software, which doesn't really suit my ...
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“.txt file” or “txt file” or “*.txt file”?

What is the correct form to address all files having the same extension? For example, files a.txt & b.txt. I found these forms used: .txt files txt files *.txt files Context: I ...
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What connotation does “to fork one's repo” have?

In a recent news item, an employee was fired partly for making jokes about "big dongle" and "forking repos", which were alleged to be inappropriate sexual jokes. The employee admitted the dongle joke ...
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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 is the word for something that has not yet been configured?

I am writing a user-interface for a program that configures some things. Let’s call them entries. To help the user keep track of what is left of configuration, a section such as the following is ...
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Space before three dots? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper way of using triple dots and spaces before/after them? Should there be a space before three dots? Examples: I don't know if this is good... ...
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Adverb of “gullible” [closed]

What is the adverb form of gullible? I tried using gullibly but it apparently isn't a word. Is it one of those adjectives that simply don't have an adequate adverb?
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How popular are the terms “software” and “hardware” outside the computer world?

If I’m not mistaken, the terms software and hardware were ordinary English words, but they have been widely popularized by popularity of computers. How much they are common (and acceptable by native ...
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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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Is 'Grammarly' really that good? [closed]

I've been using this software for quite some time now. Not once until yesterday did I question the authenticity of its 'Grammar Check' reports. Yesterday, I tried to test Grammarly with a piece of ...
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“Confusing modifiers” reported where none are found [closed]

I have a sentence: Take a look at this math problem and try to so solve it. The Grammar Checker told me: “This sentence contains Issue: Confusing modifiers.” But where?
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Verb meaning “to robust”

I am looking for a verb meaning "to make something more robust", especially in a software engineering context. Is "to robust" correct and understandable? "Robustify" seems to be another candidate but ...
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Should I use “software defect” or “software bug”?

The "bug" word seems to be so popular that it overshadows "defect" (in search results, in tags somewhere, even Wikipedia article is called "Software bug") despite of looking jargonesque. Is the word ...
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“sit back and relax” vs. “kick back and relax”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 'kick back' can mean 'get relaxed'? I have seen so many times "Sit back and relax" while installing softwares. I understand that it means it will ...
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“In the menu” vs. “on the menu” (in software)

I usually see this phrase used interchangeably with the prepositions in and on. I know that their meaning isn’t the same, but I can’t think of situations where we should use one instead of another. ...
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Subject of a commit message (in software engineering) [closed]

Each time I need to write a commit message for a git/svn repository, I wonder what the subject of the sentence should be, whether it should be: the author of the commit (for example, "I added the ...
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English spelling and grammar exercise database [closed]

I have a little odd question, probably borderline applicable to stackoverflow... What I am looking to do is to write a Windows program, which I will give my kids to exercise in English spelling as ...
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Word for code/applications that call an API library

I have an API library, what do I call code/applications that use it? I want to avoid "client" because in my context, it is ambiguous with another concept. Also it doesn't have to be a single word, as ...
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Is there a word that describes words like 'freeware', 'shareware'?

I'm looking for a word that describes the way software is released. It could be freeware, shareware, donationware, commercial, etc.
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Language settings description [closed]

I need a short description for some language settings in an app. You can set a text field behavior to support Latin characters (read left to right), Arabic and other languages that read right to left ...
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What's the proper synonym for purchase when used in real-estate context?

How to say Buying Price Purchase Price You name it Note, I need the 'buying' term, as opposed to Sale Price. It's for a form where the user should fill in how much he paid for the apartment and ...
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Is “a software” really never correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why don't we use the indefinite article with 'software'? In France I have always been told that saying "a software" is not correct English (as a nominal ...
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Alternative term to “Blacklist” and “Whitelist”

In short, my company is developing a management tool for managing SIM cards. One of the features of the tool is to block the SIM card if it's put into a disallowed device by device IMEI validation. ...
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Who first used the term “bit rot”?

Wikipedia says: Bit rot, also known as bit decay, data rot, or data decay, is a colloquial computing term used to describe either a gradual decay of storage media or the degradation of a software ...
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Is there a word that encompasses the concepts of cursor, caret, and selection? [closed]

In the context of computer software -- you can have a "cursor" for a position between two characters of text, or a "selection" for a region of text. Is there a word that means "cursor or selection"? ...
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Appropriate use of “app” vs “application”

Can app serve as an accepted abbreviation for application in formal contexts? Is there some context where app is more accepted (for example, when talking about mobile applications)?
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“Reseller” or “re-seller”?

Which spelling is correct — reseller or re-seller? I was writing a question on another Stack Exchange site, and I wrote reseller, but the editor underlined that as an incorrect spelling. Microsoft ...
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Origin of “bug” in reference to software

What is the origin of the expression bug when used to refer to software? Wikipedia says it's from 1843 in Ada Byron's notes on the analytical engine. Another source I found was on dictionary.com: ...
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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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What is a good, short, word to describe a software engineer?

What should I call a person who write software, computer programs ? I know he/she is a software engineer, can I call him/her as "Coder"?