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What is the recipient of a disclosure called?

I am working on a software application in which users have facts about themselves which they must disclose to their employer or to a regulatory body. We are pinning down terminology to use for the ...
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“Show in” or “Show on?” [closed]

Currently, my development team and I are discussing navigation bars. While writing user stories, we came across an English predicament: For the phrase, "then show in the navigation bar," should "in" ...
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Why are open source and closed source usually not hyphenated? Should they be? [closed]

Typically, English writers do not hyphenate open source or closed source when referring to computer software. Why is this? Should they be hyphenated or is it best to not use hyphens for these terms?
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Neutral word for something or someone that blocks/overrides/negates/vetos something else?

I am working on a system with numerous filters for data. If some filters are applied they will automatically void other filters. E.g. if the user is searching a unique ID the date range filter will ...
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Adverb of Frequency for “Sprint” [closed]

Re: Agile Software Development - Is there an accepted adverb to describe an activity that happens once per Sprint? Following the pattern daily, weekly, fortnightly etc, the obvious answer would seem ...
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Single word(s) that describes all activity sorted by recency

We are struggling to find the correct word(s) that describes a list of all messages in the system that are sorted by recency. Trending does not work because what we are displaying is not what is ...
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Umbrella term for paging, sorting and filtering in software [closed]

I'm looking to name an object which encapsulates 3 common functionalities used for displaying items on: paging, sorting and filtering. All I'm looking for now is a good name to describe this. I was ...
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Definite article in front of button names

I am writing a manual for an application. The manual describes how to operate a piece of software. Often I write sentences like: Press "Compute" button, then change to "Statistics" tab. My ...
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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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strong advocate on vs strong advocate of

I have the following sentence: I am a developer, thinker, and a strong advocate on micro-services, architecture and development of blah blah I am a strong advocate ON Or should it be: I am ...
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What is an online “shop” that provides only software available for free?

I have a platform for user created content and applications that can be downloaded from within a launcher for free. I am looking for a term that tells users where they can browse extensions, ...
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Clear terminology for “single”, “return” and “return-only” journeys

Normally when talking about journeys or buying tickets (e.g. for a bus or train) you have "single" or "return", when return means "there and back again". If you want to "just go home", you can buy 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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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 '...