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Why do we call it “production”?

A coworker was wondering this today: "Why is it that in our industry 'production' means 'final, deliverable product'? You know, like if a movie is 'in production', it means they're currently filming ...
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What's the difference between syntax and semantics?

I've always thought that referring to the syntax of a language was the same as referring to the semantics of a language. But I've been informed that apparently that's not the case. What's the ...
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Why would one bother marking up properly and semantically?

Note that I (try) to mark up as semantically as possible because I like they way it looks and feels, but not because I'm aware of any other stunning advantages. The point of my question is to be able ...
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Is argument or parameter considered more appropriate for a function/method argument/parameter?

Hopefully the topic is not too confusing, I am curious though as lately I have seen more and more use of the word parameter to denote a function's passed in values, whereas during my studies I feel as ...
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What's the difference between an API and an SDK?

I was looking through various APIs and SDKs, when I realized that I couldn't really tell the difference between something called an API and something called an SDK. Both of them are, conceptually, a ...
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Never use Strings in Java? [closed]

I stumbled upon a blog entry discouraging the use of Strings in Java for making your code lack semantics, suggesting that you should use thin wrapper classes instead. This is the before and after ...
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Is there a difference between iterable and enumerable?

Many languages seem to have structures that are very similar called iterable or enumerable. These are structures that can be iterated or enumerated over, which seem to me extremely similar things. ...
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Which useful alternative control structures do you know? [closed]

Similar question was closed on SO. Sometimes when we're programming, we find that some particular control structure would be very useful to us, but is not directly available in our programming ...
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Which programming languages don't use operator precedence besides Lisp-like languages? [closed]

And what do you think about operator precedence? Would be harder programming in a language where the operations are executed in sequential order? Ex.: 2 + 3 * 4 == 20 2 + (3 * 4) == 14 OK, the Lisp ...
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Why is semantic markup given more weight for search engines?

This question follows directly from the part of an answer of this question - Why would one bother marking up properly and semantically? . I would like to understand why SEO techniques gives more ...
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Cogent arguments for 'semantic css' over 'object oriented css'

[Context - I'm a Java developer, having a discussion with a designer who works in the html/css space] I was having a discussion with a co-worker today about the merits of 'semantic css'. His ...