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Questions tagged [wording]

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Word for a command that does nothing [closed]

I have a method that tries to get a ICommand instance and otherwise returns an ICommand with an Action that does nothing private ICommand GetCommandFor(object o) { if(CommandExistsFor(o)) { ...
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Synonym for “Authorization”?

I think a lot of new comers get confused because these two terms look and sound similar: Authentication Authorization I think "Authentication" is well known, I will use this term. But for some docs ...
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Is there a term for “my project can't grow because of the methodology used”? [closed]

The situation Let's imagine a couple of developers start LittleProject™ inside of a company. No Unit Testing, no Jenkins, no Docker, a single development environment... "why would you want more? It ...
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What do you call the two types of classes on a instance declaration

When you declare a new instance of a class, you do so in a lot of languages as: MyClass obj = new MyClass(); The two MyClass mean subtly different things, often you will see: IMyClass obj = new ...
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What is the difference between size and length? [closed]

It seems that the terms size and length are used interchangeably to describe how many bits, bytes or octets some data occupies, i.e. a length field in a data header is said to indicate the size of the ...
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Non-ambiguous wording for 'Backend' [closed]

When discussing a general and abstract project idea I often use the terms frontend and backend for GUI and well.. backend. Often however, some people misunderstand frontend as the part of GUI used by ...
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In a specification, should I describe what a product does (ideally) or what it should/must do?

I'm writting a German specification (I'm not German). Differences may appear for this process in different cultures, especially in the terminology, but usually here's the idea: The client writes his ...
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What's the name of this category of variables (NEW, OLD, etc) available inside triggers?

I need to do some very specific web search, but in order to do that I need to know what's the technical name of the category/type of variables like NEW, OLD, USER ( the could be more ) that you can ...
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Choosing a proper wording for referring compiler errors

Consider someone is writing a message (or a question at StackOverflow). The context is following: In my code, I have the following line: int foo = Bar(); However, the compiler returns an ...
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Good principles to explain the use of data objects

I'm in a little need of names clarification. First a brief description of my position. I prepare as debutant giving a junior developer job descriptions, which also provided another perspective on how ...
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What's a generic word for both Methods and Attributes?

In a class diagram, each class contains methods and attributes. What's the correct word for describing both of them besides something generic such as contents or items? Context: The Orange class ...
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Is it called class or object instance?

I have a wording / precision question. Sometimes I write "object instance" sometimes "class instance". Isn't it that an object is always an instance of a class? Therefore "object instance" is not the ...
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“My stuff” vs. “Your stuff” in UI texts

When refering to a users stuff should you use My or Your, for example: My Cart | My Account | My Wishlist Or Your Cart | Your Account | Your Wishlist I found this article that argues for the ...