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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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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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What's the name for the pop up logo/introduction image while software loads?

The name is on the tip of my tongue. What's the name for the pop up logo/introduction image while software loads?
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Usage of “taken” regarding the time a picture was taken [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, but I have lived in the US for one year. I'm developing software (i.e. an application programming interface, API). There is one property that is supposed to store the ...
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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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What is the correct word for “dependee”?

What is the correct word for "dependee"? In other words, what is the word for something that is depended upon? The relationship here is in the context of software engineering
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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'My' or 'mine'?

We are making a piece of software that lists some kind of objects. An object may belong to a user (be 'private') or it may be made 'public'. The list is quite large, therefore in the list form there's ...
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Layman-accessible nouns for the intersection and union of sets of appointments

I'm looking for layman-accessible nouns (or concise descriptions) for the union and intersection of sets of appointments, in the context of planning software. In this scenario appointments between an ...
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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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Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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Instantiate a Video Player?

I am writing a technical report where a number of video players are being loaded on a webpage. Is it correct to say, "Instantiate a video player on the web page," or just, "Load a video player on the ...
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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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“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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“Interval” counters as opposed to cumulative counters?

At work I am working on an application that performs measurements on network traffic. It counts things like number of packets received, number of bytes received etc... The global results are stored in ...
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What is the difference between “launch” and “release” ?

I have doubt in differencing "launch" and "release". I have seen many softwares. Some of them uses "launch" and rest uses "release". Someone help me to figure it out.
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Tense selection to describe previously-developed software [closed]

I am in the process of writing documentation for a software project. I would like to understand what would be the best tense to use for the description of the code/tools that had been (?) developed by ...
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Are software titles italicized?

The titles of freestanding works (books, movies, plays, albums, etc.) are italicized; smaller parts within these works (chapters in a book, articles in a magazine, songs within an album) are not (they ...
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“Password will expire” versus “Password expires”

Every 30 days Windows prompts me to change my password here at work. And every 30 days I wonder why the folks at Microsoft chose the phrase Your password will expire tomorrow. instead of ...
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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"?
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Possibility vs Feature [closed]

Is it ok to use the word Possibility when referring to features of a software application? As in this example: "In this release, we have added a possibility to display some data..."
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Correct spelling of web browser? [closed]

What is the correct spelling of "web browser" (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) in the context of a software user interface, either as single word (e.g. as a menu item caption) or inside a phrase (e.g. ...
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Adjective to Define “Key” Features

My company has released a big upgrade to our flagship software. There are 5 key features that would motivate the user to upgrade. Is there an adjective that is commonly used to describe those ...
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Is there a formal version of “as is” for a program

I am trying to summarize 3 phrases in one (if this is possible) for a program: 1. Program is provided "as is" 2. Program is provided for testing purposes 3. Program is provided for trial purposes ...
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Alternative for “Walled Garden”?

I'm trying to find an alternative to "walled garden" to help people to visualise the long-term storage of data in a software system I'm building. Although this is in a software/IT environment, I'm ...
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What does 'on-premises' mean?

Here is the example sentence. Windows Azure Caching was developed from an on-premises Caching solution that shipped with Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server. What does 'on-premises' ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...