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Questions related to software development.

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What is “first modify” in the following piece from a license text?

"You may redistribute the source code of this program subject to the condition that you do not first modify it in any way"
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How to say “Real-time” in regards to regular process

We have a software product which relies on a 3rd party API to give us our customers' hourly usage data. Though the usage is recorded and changes by the hour, the data which the API serves is updated ...
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Readability index for videos

Is there an index for assessing video's difficulty for EFL (or for native speakers), similar to readability indices for text?
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Word for working with templates in a software setting

I am looking for a word for the concept of using a template in a software setting, in order to be able to edit e.g. multiple powerpoint slides with the same element in one place as opposed to editing ...
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Dispatch jobs TO or FOR automatic risk assessment?

Do I need to Dispatch jobs TO automatic risk assessment or Dispatch jobs FOR automatic risk assessment UPD Dispatching a job is a correct way to say it. It's from software development :)
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Does the term 'master' in git (the VC system) refer to slavery? [closed]

I think it's a good idea to replace slavery terms with alternatives when they refer to something else, like a database master and slave. Git is a software version control system with a branch concept....
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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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Term for rewriting bloated computer code so it's more efficient? [closed]

This might require technical jargon: what is a good term used for when somebody writes a piece of code, and somebody else comes along and restructures that code so that it takes less space, is more ...
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Which article should be used in documenting arguments to a software function

If I have a function, e.g., function processDirectory(input, relPath, output) {} And I want to document its parameters, shall I use the or an article? For example, input - the path to the source ...
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Software for English improvments [closed]

I am looking for a tool (not a traditional translator) that will suggest english improvements and fixes while i am typing. for example, when i type: "Hi, What's up man?" it will suggest to make it "...
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A synonym for “software version which removed a feature”

I'm looking for a synonym for software version where a usable feature was removed: The new version is a ______, the only improvements are cosmetic, I'm staying at 2.9. The terms that come to mind ...
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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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Code vs. Coding

Since a few years I hear and read the term the coding when they mean the code more and more often. Personally this sounds so absolutely wrong to me and I think it is. A few examples: "Can I have ...
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“Business user” and “non-business user”?

I need to categorize users of a software system based on whether they use the software for work purposes or in their personal life. What should I call those categories? Here are some alternatives: ...
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Antonym for “formal methods”

In writing about verification techniques, I want to discuss formal methods vs. other methods (e.g., testing or code review). While informal is the generally the antonym of formal, referring to these ...
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Word for moving a program into a production environment

I work as a software developer, and after we finishing developing a program, we have to move it from the development environment into the production environment so that we can test it under real-world ...
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“X support for Y” or “Y support for X” for “X supports Y”?

Please see the following two sentences: JSON support for MySQL has been developed. MySQL support for JSON has been developed. Which one of this is correct? Background: MySQL is a database software. ...
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Is there a label that describes a person with whom I am sharing something [duplicate]

If I shared something with someone and you wanted to describe me in that context using only one word, you might call me the "sharer" or "owner". What word could the person I'm sharing with be called? ...
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Appropriate adjective for 'feature set'

Let's say I am comparing two software products. And one of them offers more features (functionality). What adjective would you use to describe the size of their feature sets? First program has ...
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Support for/of/to a specific standard or norm

I already checked this answer: "Support of" vs. "Support for" but since the context is not the same, I am not sure of the right answer. Here is the context: say that you are ...
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“Feedbackable”: better word / is it clear? [closed]

I'm considering creating & using a word in presentation: "feedbackable". This is in a software engineering context. One way for a code change to be highly feedbackable, is, for example, if it ...
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Proper call to action text for button: “Request system alert to be closed” [closed]

I'm working on an application. Sometimes, when performing certain tasks, something fires an "alert" (a message that something went wrong). The app notifies this and also gives the possibility to ...
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Clear/reset unsuccessful attempts

What do you think about the phrases below: Clear unsuccessful attempts Reset unsuccessful attempts Honestly, I like neither of them, but I can't think of any short alternative. This phrase is used ...
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Looking for a software development term describing the effort it takes to learn a new skill/framework

I want to say that the framework is designed for rapid development, maximal portability, and minimal [time-to-figure-out-how-to-use-it]. The idea is that it's very intuitive, so you don't need to ...
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Is it correct to say software version is frozen

I often hear phrases like code freeze, version freeze but never heard of frozen being used in this context.
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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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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

I'm wondering if there is a word for a software feature which is not wanted and negatively impacts the software/business using it? In my mind is not a bug as a bug is where something doesn't work as ...
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Programmer slang expression for “We'll cross the bridge when we get there”

What is the software industry word/term/phrase for the saying "We'll cross the bridge when we will get there"? I need to refer to a feature that can be deferred until its time comes. For example, ...
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Term for documentation/code/config

I am looking for a term that would succinctly combine "documentation", "code", "config", essentially "intellectual property", or IP, but IP sounds somewhat formal/legaleze to me, I'm wondering if ...
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Is “kludge” a proper word to name a dirty hack in software development

There in software development, we sometimes use a solution, which is to prop the existing code up, not to fix the real cause of the problem. It might be called “dirty hack,” or “kludge.” It’s wry and ...
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a better expression or single word for “developer usabilty”

I am looking for a better english expression or single word that describes this: developer usabilty: the quality of language, tooling, IDE and APIs for frictionless development. example usages: ...
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What's the appropiate pronoun for a program named after a woman? [closed]

In a technical document introducing an operating system named after a famous woman, I have to refer to the OS itself. I've consistently used "it/its" but some sentences sound a little weird. Is it ...
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Definition for client of client

As a software developer I regularly develop webbased applications commissioned by a client. I sell the intellectial ownership with it. As soon as it in production, this party lets his clients use it. ...
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Title text for showing a failed exam

I have an exam system which tells the examinee whether they have passed or failed. This is displayed in the form of a title, and descriptive text below. A failure is not necessarily a big deal, as ...
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What's the good adjective for the causing configuration set of a bug?

We have configuration options in a software source code, and certain (not all, but quite a lot) subsets of these options make valid configuration settings. However, there are bugs that only live under ...
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How to describe “thread safety” in the context of child processes?

I'm writing a software application that spawns several child processes in order to process tasks concurrently. Each child process has access to shared data structures, and it is very important that ...
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Term describing a tolerable error in context of software

I am working on some software where the notion of a "less severe" error has now come up as a case to handle, and for logging purposes I want a term to use to represent these. The first to come to mind ...
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Why is “closed source” used, and does it parallel “open source”? [closed]

When the source code of software is freely available, we say it is "open source". When the source code of software is not freely available, we say it is "closed source". Why do we not use "close ...
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What alternate terminology would be most appropriate for loss of potential profit (versus loss of merchandise) excluding “theft” and “stealing”?

In a recent discussion on another SE forum a user (@JAB) complained that "theft" was an inappropriate descriptor for software piracy. His exact statement was: I've never found "stealing" to be an ...
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Is the word “App” evolving? [closed]

This is something that really gets my goat; a couple of years ago, the word "App", to the majority of people, meant "Applet" or 'small, simple, mobile application', i.e. software coded specifically ...
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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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Neutral word for something or someone that blocks/overrides/negates/vetos something else? [closed]

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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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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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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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 a ...
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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 "...