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

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Compil[e/er/ation] Error

Which one should I use of the following: Compile Error Compiler Error Compilation Error I think the "Compilation Error" is way too long for everyday use, even though it's the "correct" ...
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Why is it said that "messages are sent to methods"?

In object-oriented programming, it is said that messages are sent to methods. In this context, why is the word "method" used instead of "procedure" or "function"? In other words, why was the word "...
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Frequent use of word not found in dictionary, "programatically."

Here's a word I see often on StackOverflow, "programatically." Used to indicate that a programmer intends to do something within the code of a program, rather than through user interaction. For ...
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Are there any cases where "prepend" cannot be replaced by "prefix"?

"Prepend" is seeing a fair amount of use, both in programmer jargon and elsewhere. Its use seems to come from a desire to create a word that is a direct parallel to "append." However, such a word ...
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"Archivable" or "archiveable"

I have an entity and I would like to describe it as being able to be archived. Is it archivable, archiveable? The former seems OK for me, but I could find no wiktionary.org results.
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Which is right: "drop-down" or "drop down"? [closed]

What is the proper way to write this term when writing product documentation? Hyphenated or not? drop down list or drop-down list?
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How is SQL pronounced?

When I was learning SQL, I remember reading that it should be pronounced just like the word sequel; however, I worked with a bunch of techs who seemed to prefer S-Q-L. Is there a proper convention for ...
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"On the cloud" or "in the cloud"?

I would use this title for a blog about cloud computing. Which is correct — "on the cloud" or "in the cloud"?
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Pluralizing keywords in programming languages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Marking plural of code words In the language that I'm currently working in one of the keywords is try. I'm writing an error message: No implementation for global level try ...
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Can I use "techs" in a domain name instead of "tech"?

Is it normal to use *techs.info instead of *tech.info in a domain name? Is this correct, or can I not reduce "technology" to "techs"?
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Preposition to follow "copy and paste"

The rows should be copied and pasted to the spreadsheet. Does that sound right? If not, how could we reword the sentence? I ask because "to" applies to "paste" but not to "copy". The logical ...
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Which is correct: "Filename", "File Name" or "FileName"?

Which is correct: "Filename", "File Name" or "FileName"?
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"log in to" or "log into" or "login to"

When writing an instruction about connecting to a computer using ssh, telnet, etc., I'm not sure what spacing to use in this familiar spoken phrase: "Log in to host.com" "Log into host.com" "Login to ...
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"bound" or "bonded"

If I use a computer command like: bind keystroke macro I refer to that keystroke as being bound to that macro. Is it also correct to say that they are bonded? If I bind a bunch of twigs together, ...
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Marking plural of code words

In my blog (which is about programming) I often use reserved words from different programming languages. Like this: When column is nullable in both tables, this query won't return a match of two ...
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Which would be correct: "outputs" or "puts out"?

Which word should I use in the following context? Is the required before data? Any algorithm first reads data, processes (the) data and finally [outputs|puts out] the processed data.

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