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Questions about language and terminology related to computers, programming, and IT.

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Confusion about Pronunciation of gif

I know there isn’t a correct way to pronounce gif. And its an abbreviation. There are two ways to pronounce it Hard G ( as in gift) Soft G( as in giraffe) This is a classic example of toe-ma-toe ...
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Why does XLAT mean 'translate'? [duplicate]

It is said that XLAT is an abbr of translate. But I don't understand how come it ends up like that? There is no site on internet would explain it but they're all agree that XLAT is shorten of ...
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What is the meaning of location? [closed]

I tried going on an English dictionary in google called dictionary.com to find the definition of Location. I really do not understand the definition of the word location. If someone could explain the ...
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Meaning of the term “instaciate”/“instatiate” in computer programming

What does this word mean? instaciate, otherwise instatiate It's not in any of my dictionaries, but there are a few too many occurrences of this word in programming communities and across the ...
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What is a term for an operator/function in which the order of parameters makes no difference?

I'm trying to recall the term for an operator/function where f(a, b) = f(b, a). For example, a + b = b + a for all values of a and b. However a - b != b - a unless a = b.
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What is the opposite of retired in computing?

In some companies there are some hardware, like PCs, that are out of use (stored in the warehouse), and we say they are "retired". What is the opposite? How can we name the PCs in use, and what is the ...
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Is there a shorter alternative to “server connection configuration”? [closed]

I am trying to find a name for a variable that contains the hostname (node45.service.com), the port (9984) and the server name (US Salami Server) of a service I want to connect to and looks something ...
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Word for “a person looking for a match”? [closed]

I'm writing up some code and I'm having some trouble naming my variables. You say, "I'm looking for a match." So your supposed partner who has similar attributes is your "match". Then what are you ...
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Why are parallelizable tasks emberrassing? [closed]

Software developers often speak of "emberassingly parallel" tasks. Why is this adjective used in this phrase? What makes parallel tasks emberassing?
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Is there a verb that reverses the source and the result of rendering (e.g. rendering a document from a template)?

Suppose I have a template for creating documents, and I want to render a document from the template. It would be grammatically correct to call this action "rendering a document" or "rendering a ...
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Alternative for “descend” in the context of computer file systems

I was wondering if there's an alternative for the word descend (maybe something better than simply go), in the context of computer file systems, that doesn't imply going down. When we talk about file ...
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How to pronounce “ReLU” (Rectified Linear Unit)?

A Rectified Linear Unit is a common activation function in deep neural networks and is often abbreviated as "ReLU". I usually pronounce it as /rel-you/ (with the "e" as in "relative" or "rectified"), ...
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Is there a corpus of synonyms that is classified by connotation (or sentiment)?

I am a software developer working on supervised document classification. In this case, a classification system for movie reviews. I need to determine with an acceptable degree of accuracy, whether I ...
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Single word for “performed catastrophically badly” (in a computing context/sense)

I know I've heard this word but cannot place it. Help please? I'm looking for the slang-like/tech jargon term one might read in a computer software developers' discussion or email exchange, if ...
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If a .midi is a sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3?

If a .midi is sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3? Streamed audio? Wave audio? Edit: I know what the difference is/what they are, I'm asking about the terminology.
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A word for a machine that can generate every possible combination

Let's say we have a machine whose sole purpose is to generate every possible combination from sets/columns of values. Examples: Single column. Column 1 values: 1, 2, 3 Generated output: 1 2 3 ...
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“Filepath” or “file path”? [closed]

A path, the general form of the name of a file or directory, specifies a unique location in a file system. "Filename" is a compound, but how about "filepath"/"file path"? "Filepath" seems incorrect ...
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What's another word for ensuring something is correct?

I'm looking for a single word that communicates the same message as "ensure correct". Which is different than "make correct," which implies that something is being done, while "ensure correct" implies ...
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A term for an end-user's device other than “endpoint”?

In my organisation, the encryption software of choice is McAfee Endpoint. In this multi-cultural multi-national company, using the word "endpoint" to refer to an end-user's device(s) is confusing to ...
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Neutral word for saying that a task is finished, without denoting success or failure

I'm working on some code where a task has two result states: - Complete | The task completed successfully - Failure | The task failed to complete successfully (no further attempts will be made) The ...
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How to write English without assumptions and/or shortcuts? [closed]

English grammar allows for many shortcuts due to assumptions(usually from context). For example, not needing to put "you" in imperative sentences: "Get over here!" Another example is how commas are ...
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Is a byte considered to be a datum or data? [closed]

Is a byte, a collection of 8 bits, considered to be a datum or data? I would assume a bit would unequivocally be considered a datum, but I've seen an individual integer referred to as a datum too. ...
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What word best represents the concept of data that can be easily used by a computer?

I want to find a word that encapsulates the concept of information that can be easily parsed by a computer and does not require a human to interpret the concepts. Imagine you are filling out a form ...
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Result of an operation that can fail [closed]

Imagine you have some operation like inserting data into a database. This operation can succeed or fail. What do you call the result of such operation? My candidates: Fallible operation result (...
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Which symbols can end a sentence? [closed]

I am wondering, in the context of a computer processing text, which characters or combination of characters can end an English sentence. A question mark, exclamation mark and period are the most ...
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Why do we refer to computers and other machines as being up or down?

Generally when a machine is working we refer to it as "up" and when it's not we say the machine is "down." What is the origin of this?
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Words for resulting task states in computing [closed]

I have a question about naming of terminal states of a task regarding to computing area. Think of a task that is being processed by some system. There're several possible states the task can be ended ...
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What should be a proper term for selecting a specific zoom of digital map?

I write an application that displays a digital map (on Android device). It features continuous zoom in and out like most of the modern map applications. I want to add ability for user to specify at ...
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In computing, what is the plural of 'child' in terms of inheritance? [duplicate]

For example: when using inheritance with classes in Java, I have a parent and two classes which inherit from that parent. Do I refer to these as 'children' or as 'childs'? In other words, what is the ...
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What is a word that means truncate from the beginning?

I am creating some software that has the concept of truncating a one-dimensional array from either the left or right end. I'm happy using the word truncate to describe lopping off the rightmost end of ...
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Structure to avoid too many files in a single folder (ex: ab/cd/abcdef): Name of this technique?

When you have thousands or millions of files in a single directory, there can be drawbacks. A strategy is to avoid that situation is to distribute the files into sub-folders whose name is for ...
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What is the opposite of wireframe?

In computer graphics, wireframe means literally just a frame of lines(wires), meant to represent some other 3D shape(such as a cube). What is the opposite of wireframe, as in colored in normally like ...
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Is there a common word that describes programming languages, query languages, and markup languages?

Languages such as Java or C# are called programming languages. SQL is a query language and HTML is considered a markup language. I'm looking for an English word that describes all these different ...
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canonical synonym for “parameter respect” in engineering

I thought about it couple of days ago and have uneasy feeling that my usage is not canonical, i.e. not common. Googling didn't really help. I am looking for common way to say something like "System X ...
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Make a contrast using “not”

I want to make a contrast in the following question. Transfer the storage manager to the domain layer as far as interaction with the local storage - is its responsibility, not the view-layer. I ...
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Good synonyms for concurrence in a computer sciences context

I'm looking for some good synonyms for concurrence because I'm repeating a lot this word in a text within a computer sciences context. The meaning of this word in my text is: the fact of two or more ...
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Why in error messages verb 'be' is not used? [duplicate]

In the computer world error messages are written without verb 'be'. For example, file not found, file not exist, command not found, no such file or directory and so on. So why verb 'be'...
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Name of a widget in spreadsheet software used to drag formulas to other cells

You can find it in all spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc or Google Docs. In the Help pages of the latter, it is described as: a small blue box in the lower right ...
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What's the best name/adjective to refer a safe and free to use resource?

I'm looking for a name/adjective to refer a software resource that is both free to access and safe to use from a security point of view. The term is going to name the group of such resources in an ...
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What's the difference between a 'tutorial' and a 'walk through'?

Is there any semantic difference between a tutorial and a walk through? I have the feeling a tutorial is a video to explain a certain process, be it related to IT or not, whereas a walkthrough would ...
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Would a computer program be considered literature? [closed]

I am currently doing some homework on literary genres and from the list of literary genres on Wikipedia, I came across some non-fiction genres such as Speech, Textbook, and others. This prompted the ...
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What do you call this sign: #? [duplicate]

Which of the following to use, especially in the context of programming: hashtag well number pound sign
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Opposite of “nesting” a structure

Generally, if some object is nested, it is in a hierarchy level below another object. For example: * Layer 1 - Layer2 "Layer 2 is nested in Layer 1". What do I call it, if I would "de-nest" Layer ...
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Describe a mathematical problem

How can I make the bold part of this sentence less awful? The symbolic regression problem is the problem of finding a closed form that models... You can move around the second part of the sentence,...
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Could a non-self-contained program be called as an “app”?

Can an add-on for a browser, a plugin for a text processing (like Word) or a content unit for a software (like an Anki deck) be called an app without misunderstanding? The definition of an app is a ...
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“On” hard drive versus “in” memory

Why do American English speakers typically say something is "on the hard drive" when referring to data stored with a hard drive (or other permanent storage device) but when referring to something ...
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Definitions of the word “delete” vs. public understanding of the word?

I just asked a question on User Experience SE, involving the word delete. This English question is based on that UX question, so its motive can be understood better by reading both questions. It ...
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Single word for “show while listening for events/requests”

The majority of components in a computer program I'm currently developing are allowed to "present" themselves to an external entity through a given medium (e.g., to a user through a pre-defined UI ...
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Why exactly is the verb “to throw” used when an error occurs in the program?

Why don't we use "to generate" or "to get"? E.g.: "External component has thrown an exception", "JavaScript had just thrown an error straight away", "Instances of Error objects are thrown when ...
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A phrase for selecting multiple options with mouse button down

In a desktop application or a website we may have a UI element called multiple select. The user may select multiple options by holding the mouse button down, like so: Is there a word or a phrase that ...