Microsoft .Net Development Definitions

  • M

    monad

    A monad is: 1) A type of functor used in category theory in mathematics. 2) A kind of constructor used in functional programming to structure programs that include sequenced operations. 3) The original code name for Microsoft's Powershell. 4) A symbol used by ancient Greek philosophers

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight is an open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight... (Continued)

  • O

    object-relational mapping (ORM)

    Object-relational mapping (ORM) is a mechanism that makes it possible to address, access and manipulate objects without having to consider how those objects relate to their data sources...(Continued)

  • P

    Programmer's Day

    Programmer's Day celebrates the contributions of programmers to humanity. The day is unofficially celebrated on the 256th day of the Gregorian calendar year. Therefore, it usually falls on Sept. 13, though on a leap year it is on September 12. (Continued...)

  • Q

    Quiz -- Software development

    How to take the quiz: - After reading the question, click on the answer that you think is correct to go to the whatis.

  • R

    reparse point

    A reparse point is an object in a file system with attributes that activate extended functionality... (Continued)

  • RSS

    RSS is an XML-based vocabulary that specifies a means of sharing news headlines and other content between Web sites.

  • S

    scripting language

    A scripting language is a form of programming language that is usually interpreted rather than compiled. Scripting languages are typically converted into machine code on the fly during runtime by a program called an interpreter.

  • Silverlight

    Silverlight is: (1) A programming model for developing and distributing rich Internet applications (RIA) that use graphics, animations or video within the .NET Framework. Silverlight was previously known by its code name, Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. (2) A plug-in from Microsoft for delivering media created with Silverlight.

  • smoke testing

    Smoke testing is non-exhaustive software testing, ascertaining that the most crucial functions of a program work, but not bothering with finer details. The term originated from a similarly basic type of hardware testing, in which the device passed...

  • static analysis (static code analysis)

    Static analysis, also called static code analysis, is a method of computer program debugging that is done by examining the code without executing the program... (Continued)

  • static IP address/dynamic IP address

    A static IP address is a number (in the form of a dotted quad) that is assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses to locate and talk to each other on the Internet, much the same way people use phone numbers to locate and talk to one another on the telephone. When you want to visit whatis.com, your computer asks a domain name system (DNS) server (think telephone information operator) for the correct dotted quad number (think phone number) for whatis.com and your computer uses the answer it receives to connect to the whatis.com server.

  • T

    testing

    In general, testing is finding out how well something works.

  • V

    vector graphics

    Vector graphics is the creation of digital images through a sequence of commands or mathematical statements that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.

  • Visual Basic (VB)

    Visual Basic is a programming environment from Microsoft in which a programmer uses a graphical user interface to choose and modify preselected sections of code written in the BASIC programming language.

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