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Questions about English used for talking about programming, but not about programming languages themselves.

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What is its called when you buy a program, game and you cant use it anymore do to the devs shutting down the servers (an online game in my case)

the only reason it will not work is do to the dev's shutting it down btw I cant get a refund so is what they did illegal do to I paid for something and I cant use it do to it being the dev's fault, ...
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Is there a terminology to describe a user (in computer science) who doesn't need to think to do its job?

To be more specific, an example: The customer relationship department of a company has 100 people to work on customer requests. This company has a system in which almost everything is automated for ...
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When to use articles before programming terms?

I've found such a paragraph in one of programming tutorials: Ruby strings are simply sequences of 8-bit bytes and they are objects of class String. Double-quoted strings allow substitution and ...
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Run “as” normal user vs. Run “with” normal user

On Linux Mint 19, I have a Makefile with a command which should output a sentence: Target 'distrib' has to be run as normal user! in case the user has run it as / with the root user. Since I am ...
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How can I call file not under version control in one word?

In opposite to - versioned - files that are under Source-Code-Version-Control system (i.e. Git/SVN), is there a way to call files that left deliberately out in one word? Is word "un-versioned" ("non-...
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Is there a word for someone who is your relative but is neither your descendant nor you his?

I'm writing a function in Python that will allow me to list all folders that have a common root folder (common ancestor), but in the process of building up unordered folder pairs for each folder, I am ...
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Term describing the smallest possible unit of data

I want to write something like: In cases where the smallest unit of data is available (e.g. houses, persons, vehicles), we can use more detailed models. So I am looking for something describing ...
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Capitalizing lowercase names in technical writing (programming) [duplicate]

In a world of programming, there are number of tools which have purposefully lowercase names: like tmux or sed. When talking about this tools, how does capitalization work? Do I never capitalize ...
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How to pronounce C++11 in English?

How to pronounce C++11 in English, "c plus plus one one" or "c plus plus eleven"? Thanks in advance.
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Name for careless quick and dirty style of programming?

How to name a style of programming, which brings the results for given moment, but the code is written quickly, without any readability, considerations, recommended practices, without thinking of ...
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Capitalization of “String”

I am writing a scientific text in the area of computer science. Often, I need to refer to a certain data structure named String which refers to a sequence of characters. In most programming languages, ...
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Pre(-)processing/post(-)processing hyphen presence in research publications written in UK/US English

Which of the following spellings of pre|post(-)processing are the most commonly used in research publications written in UK English and in US English? pre-processing, post-processing versus ...
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Correct Terminology of Types of Users of a Software Application

Maybe I should ask this in a language forum? I am not in an English country, so maybe that's why I can't know for sure the word I am looking for. I'm designing a system that will have multiple ...
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Why using “this” in JavaScript is “like pair programming with Abbott and Costello”?

I'm aware that this question requires, in addition to some cultural context about Abbott and Costello, good expertise on quality JavaScript or OO coding. But I'm confident that there are plenty of ...
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Names for matching things [closed]

The context here is programming, so I'm not sure if anyone could understand. I have a function that takes in two parameters. The first parameter is an enum while the second parameter is a list (of ...
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What is the term for ability of a variable to hold a null value?

In some programming languages, a variable may have a special value 'null' to denote an absence of any object. What term should be used to describe the property of whether or not a given variable can ...
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Minimal, but most important

I'm writing a Priority Queue. The details of it aren't important, but to describe a situation, I need a specific word. It's possible for an item with the lowest priority to be the most important item ...
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Is “if not already exists” valid English?

In the programming world, I've often seen and used the phrase: Create new table if not already exists. Is this valid English wording and/or grammar?
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What is a common word for the jargon term “overload”?

In computer science and programming, one frequently wishes to create a process that takes a certain type of input and spits something (immaterial to this discussion) out. However, in many cases we ...
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Verb to replace “set bounds” [closed]

I'm developing some GUI software and I want to mean that this widget bounds/edges are attached to some boundary structure, something like: bounds = { .left = 0, .top = 0, .right: 320, .bottom: 240 }; ...
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Word or phrase for things that are only noticed when they break? (or are pointed out)

E.g. the engineering that goes into the roads we travel on, the railways we use, the negative space in a painting, or any of the many systems that we depend on.
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Is there an umbrella term for “inflation” and “deflation”? [closed]

I am writing a software module that takes polygons and either inflates them or deflates them based on user input (i.e. if the user supplies 0.5 as input, the polygon is deflated to half of its size, ...
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How to describe this unrecognizable content? [duplicate]

In programming, I got the following content which is unrecognizable in the output. When communicating with others, how should I describe the issue I encountered in more natural way? In fact, this ...
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Hypernym for “radio button” and “checkbox”? [closed]

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Since I'm coding a shared css class for radio buttons and checkboxes, I would like to word it with the appropriate hypernym. Kind regards
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When to use the noun dependents?

While programming, time is often spent to discuss and resolve object dependencies. When object 'a' is dependent on object 'b' and 'c', it is commonly said object 'a' has dependencies. Referring to ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of SQLite? [closed]

I seem to be hearing many different vocalizations of the name, and I'm not sure which one is correct. The last thing I want to do is "erroneously" drop the name in a meeting, and someone feel the need ...
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Is a software loop “breaked” or “broken”?

In software development there are code loop constructions, which you can BREAK. foreach(i in integers) ... break If I break the cycle, it becomes broken or breaked? Which sentence is correct ...
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What is a word for non alpha numeric characters that are the same when opened and closed?

Edited: I'm searching for a way to describe this: When using "quotes", one character is used twice: " When using (parentheses), two characters are used once: ( ) Is there a word for this property?...
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involves AAA and oftentimes BBB: programmers needed

I came cross these sentences today: When you write your code, you might end up with a chunk of code that is no longer used but still part of the program. Watch out for cases like these: remember ...
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Difference between “find by” and “find for” [closed]

In programming exists the so-called repository pattern which is meant to retrieve data from somewhere. It usually has some methods with which it is possible to retrieve that data. These methods are ...
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Looking for an adjective describing an easy programming language style

I am looking for an adjective with regard to computer programming, which says that a program language is not abstract, but very clear and intuitive or even overly "non-computerish". I saw this word ...
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Plural or single form of word in names of variables, classes [duplicate]

I am wondering which option is more correct when I want to call some class of objects: NotificationService or NotificationsService. Is there difference between them? If so, what is it?
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What is the name for “designated” “oriented” “specialized” in this case?

I'm writing a technical document but couldn't think of a better term than "designated" in this scenario. I have a module which is general-purpose. I can tune it into a special-purpose one by doing ...
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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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What is another word for 'pronoun' within this problem domain?

An excerpt from the the song "99 Bottles of Beer" would be the following two verses: 2 bottles of beer on the wall, 2 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 1 bottle of beer on the ...
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Use of we … yourself

I use google translator to write english text. I write the text in english and let it translate into my mother tongue. So I can see "live" if the things I write can at least be understood by google ...
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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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A word for the property of being either prefix or postfix

I'm looking for a word that describes the property of an operator being prefix or postfix, so I can write 'In expression x++, the _____ of ++ is "postfix"'. I thought of using 'fixity', but that ...
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“The Prefix of Output File Names” or “The Prefix of Output Files Name” or both are wrong? [closed]

I point this out for making it clear what I try to achieve. I'm writing a little documentation for my command line utility. It generates two files: {Prefix}-{4096}bits.public {Prefix}-{4096}bits....
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how to say action x causes y and nothing but y

Background I once witnessed this conversation between two software engineers.. something like: eng1: I just gave you the api eng2: are the results deterministic when I enter key i? I'm not sure if ...
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Is the phrase “code swing” valid like “mood swing”?

When I am coding an application, I like to start by outlining a certain code standard which I follow. However, if I am working on a big project I tend to change my coding standard through the code. I ...
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Word to describe either selecting an existing item or creating a new one

Is there a word that describes looking up and returning an existing item or else creating a new item on-demand if an existing item cannot be found? It can be either a noun for something that has this ...
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Origin of phrase “cut a release”

In software development there is the phrase "cut a release," which means "to create a final package of software ready for distribution" and may include the distribution itself. I've used it for years ...
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What is the slang English word for not structured programming code?

What is the slang English word for code that doesn't have structure: procedures, functions, classes etc. ?
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“Render” vs “rendering” as modifiers

I have troubles figuring out whether to use "render" or "rendering" in the context of drawing something on a computer screen in certain scenarios. Technologies that are used for drawing/rendering: ...
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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 do you call something that gathers a particular property given an object?

I'm working on a program that will have a list of functions each of which, given an object, will return a particular property of the object. For instance, one of these will return the height of the ...
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Between milestone and inch-pebble

We know of the word "milestone" in the project management sense meaning tools used in project management to mark specific points along a project timeline from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Single words for denoting a desired number of “a count to be reached” and “the actual number obtained”

I'm currently designing a software library. There are only two hard problems in computer science: Naming things, Cache invalidation and off-by-one errors. And at the moment I'm struggling with ...
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Having ellipsis performed --> “ellipted”?

OK, I have the following sentence: Data that is too long to display is automatically ellipted. Now, Word red-underlines the word "ellipted", as does Chrome; however, Wiktionary does have an entry ...