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Attributive nouns without an article in programmer-speak

In the context of computer programming, I often see constructions where I expect the word "the" to appear, but it's omitted: "…is powered by method DEX and aimed at…" - I expect &...
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Words for extra labels in a pie chart?

Given a pie chart with standard title and data labels but with extra explanatory ones, are there words for the extra ones? Like in this example... a. Title b. Data label c. ??? d. Data label ? e. ??? ...
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How to convey the point (on a resume) that you solved a problem that lasted for years?

I want to say that I solved a programming bug and has been around for years in my resume. I currently have something like "Debugged long standing bug" but I don't think it conveys that ...
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Tech-related: should I capitalize the word 'Git' in this context or not?

Which one is proper: the one with 'Git' capitalized or the one without? Configure git commit signing. or Configure Git commit signing.
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Is there a hypernym for “public” and “private”?

Regarding privacy (in general) or visibility (particularly in computer programming), “public” and “private” are direct dichotomous opposites. It seems hard to find a superordinate term for it; “...
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Difference between ",' and ` in quoting [closed]

I'm designing a template language that tries to adhere as closely as possible to english grammar and HTML syntax. For example, arrays are declared by appending an s to a word rather than prepending a ...
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What's the word for when you implement a variable? [closed]

What's the word for when you implement a variable? I'm sorry it's a bit of a simple question. I just can't seem to remember the word. It's not implement, assign, or pass. I tried reading a few lists ...
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Terms for "stuff" preceeding and following an item in a sequence [closed]

I need insight from a native speaker of any variety of English on what to call items in a sequence that proceeds or follows a certain item. In a sequence "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11", I want ...
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what it is the opposite of comment?

In programming commenting: To disable a section of source code by converting it into a comment. If you do not want to run this line of code, just comment it out! But my question what is the opposite ...
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A term for the person for which something is booked

In the words of Phil Karlton: There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things: [Context: Software, terminology for a database schema] If I book something for ...
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What is the terminology for the states of network connectivity?

When describing the connectivity of a system to a network, are there unambiguous terms for if a member of the network should/can communicate over the network? Network Communicable Can Cannot Should ...
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What is the difference between Vert/Verts and Vertex/Vertices? [closed]

What is the difference between Vert/Verts and Vertex/Vertices? Both forms seem to be used interchangeably in mathematics and computer graphics. Blender (3D software) uses Vert/Verts in it's User ...
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Indegree or in-degree

I've been reading network science books and I've been puzzled by use of in-degree and indegree. It seems both are used but are they both correct? In graph theory I have seen mainly indegree but in ...
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When should the program greet with good evening and good night? [duplicate]

I want to create a program that will greet users with good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night. However, I am confused as to when the time should be used to greet with good evening ...
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English word for adding "monitoring points" to a process

There is an English word that I can't remember about adding "monitoring points" to computer code so that when the code is run "trace" information, such as the module being executed ...
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Farthest vs Furthest [duplicate]

I am trying to describe the distance from a root node in a programming context. The root node is abstract and not physical so I'm thinking the proper usage would be furthest, but what would be ...
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Committed team vs dedicated team [closed]

I want to express that I am managing a team that is responsible for API integrations. How is the best and tightest way to say it? Managing a committed on API integrations team Managing a team, ...
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Article for programming data types

I'm writing documentation for my data analysis framework, and there are classes Histogram and Graph. I document a function that transforms one Histogram to one Graph as Transform a Histogram to Graph ...
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Meaning of mount in software engineering [closed]

What does "mount" mean in the following sentence: If you mount a local folder inside a docker container
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What is the name for a hardware equivalent of a Widget?

In graphical UI development, we have buttons, knobs, and sliders and the hypernym would be widgets. In computer hardware, we have buttons, knobs, and sliders and the hypernym would be ... for some ...
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I'm having trouble trying to intepret what is being stated in the following C# documentations concerning Namespaces? [closed]

According to this statement in the C# MS doc Accessibility Levels (C# Reference) Access modifiers are not allowed on namespaces. Namespaces have no access restrictions. However, the following ...
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Adjective for something using plug-ins

I'm looking for an adjective (preferably) that describes a software component as being capable of using plug-ins, or better yet, as only performing its function if it has been loaded with plugins. So, ...
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In what year did term "program" first appear in the meaning of "series of coded instructions"?

I'm trying to figure out year when the term "program" was firstly used is the meaning ‘series of coded instructions which directs a computer in carrying out a specific task’. Additionally I ...
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What is an appropriate name for a property that tells whether a list is empty, single or multiple?

I have a property in programming which tells whether a list is empty, or has only one element or has more than one element. ( empty, single, multiple ). I want to know what would be an appropriate ...
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Machine learning on or of some data?

If it's machine learning using some platform or technology, it makes sense to use "on" ("ML on AWS"), but if we are talking about applying ML to some data, should "on" or ...
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which is correct here, break or broke? [closed]

which one is correct? "Steve was amazing before his leg break." "Steve was amazing before his leg broke."
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How to pronounce %d in C programming language? [closed]

How do we pronounce %, in something like %d? Is it pronounced as: per-cent d mod d or, is there some other accepted/generalized way?
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What is the process of finding the remainder in division called?

Is there any one word for the process of calculating the remainder (division)?
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What would I call a program that was developed specifically for a company?

I am looking for a word that can describe a program I developed for a company, as opposed to a program I would create for a school assignment or for fun. I've written "paid programming task" ...
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Problem remembering the exact name/word/term [duplicate]

I'm looking for a name/word for when someone asks and seeks advice for a problem but, instead of telling you the real issue or the problem, s/he attempts to seek help to make her own solution work. ...
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What is the opposite of "brute-force"?

In computer science especially, a brute-force algorithm is one that is naive and straightforward. It may succeed but only in a primitive way—trying all the obvious operations one by one. This wastes ...
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Why is linear interpolation called lerp?

In the field of computer graphics, linear interpolation is called 'lerp'. This is very widely used. I'm curious about why it is called so. I know it is listed in the Jargon file. The file says it is ...
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Generic term for parser/serializer [closed]

Decoding and encoding can be thought of as the same process, but in opposite directions. The generic word for a bidirectional encoder/decoder is “codec”: a portmanteau of coder-decoder. Parsing and ...
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To answer indirect question starting with "Whether" using "Yes" or "No" [closed]

I have a technical document with the following table: (A comparison table of the functions that are used to search for and replace strings.) | Whether the search is case-sensitive -----...
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What do you call two functions that go together (i.e. as opposites), especially in programming

I'm looking for a word to describe the relationship (or perhaps paradigm) wherein two functions go together and are meant to act as opposites to one-another, or to reverse each-other's behaviour - ...
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Word request: make code comment / make comment code in programming [closed]

I am looking for the correct verb for turning code into comment and comment into code in programming. I have ______ the code, so it is a comment now. No need to delete it! I have ______ the comment, ...
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EWhat could be the more technical term for code written in one place or one file?

I have come across the term local concession that one person used in the Clojure community to describe the code written in one place. Like step by step in the form of a procedure. His argument was the ...
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I have an English question on this post -> Firebase: Should I add GoogleService-Info.plist to .gitignore?

I was reading this StackOverflow answer but I have an English problem and cannot understand the answer. this is the link Firebase: Should I add GoogleService-Info.plist to .gitignore? In the answer, ...
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Expression describing code written by inexperienced, lazy and untalented developers

One of my characters is a young graduate student who leaves her adviser. He takes her research code and he gets his other students to use it, not forgetting to say all sorts of mean things about her ...
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Parentheses instead of dashes: Is it required that the sentence will have the meaning with the "dashed" part omitted?

Else If and Else after jump statements Each guard must be a separate If with no Else If or Else. Otherwise—i.e., when a jump statement belongs to “normal” code and not a guard—Else If and Else must ...
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"replaced with an empty string" vs "replaced with the empty string" - which is correct?

I would think that the latter is correct because there can be only one empty string, that is "", or equivalent ''. Yet the former reads somewhat more natural to me. I came to think about ...
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of existing or an existing .Which is more correct?

Extending functionalities of existing applications or Extending functionalities of an existing applications .Which is more correct?
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Syntax for placeholder text

Sometimes we need to write a sentence with a placeholder for a missing bit of information, which the reader needs to fill out when reading the text. This may be a number, or a word, or a sequence of ...
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Is there a word to describe the situation when a system that you created yourself surprises the author?

I just thought that there would be a bunch of errors logged in my system, because it seemed as if two files with the same path and filename were being saved at the same time, conflicting with each ...
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"For X, use Y" vs. "To represent X, use Y"

Is it grammatically correct and idiomatic to use "For X, use Y" in the meaning of "To represent X, use Y"? The target document is a programming style guide. I like the brevity of ...
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grammatically, rotate + er is it correct?

I try to name something as its usage is rotate+er. The main usage is doing a rotation on a reliable circle, so I pick rotation as the verb. My main lang is Indonesian, but I always try to give my best ...
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Different "states" of an event

I'm working on a system that has the concept of events. Events can be in three states: Active - e.g. a police chase has started, person entered store, car trip started Resolved - e.g. a police chase ...
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"Listing", "text" or "code" of program

What is the best way to name the program text before displaying it: "listing", "text" or "code"? I am inclined to believe that the word "listing" is the most official, the word "code" is slang, and ...
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"Shininess" word to indicate shine effect

In the shaders more than once met the word "shininess" to indicate shine of 3D-object, such as glass. Please tell me why this rare word is used? This word is not even in my dictionary. Thanks in ...
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Some words “want” to be plural and some other ones “want” to be singular. Why? [closed]

This question is for people who write documents related to computer programming. I am currently working on a style guide related to one programming language. There are a lot of examples and ...
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