Finding a better name for “context” or “variant” for describing a software object concept

Problem: In a software product, there is the possibility to define sets of parameters (key, value pairs). The functionality is encapsulated in an object in the code, to be reused by programmers wherever the functionality is needed. Those parameter sets objects must have a name. There is a second level of naming: it is possible … Read more

What is the word for assigning or passing into a function in programming?

I have two cases that I’d like to cover. For example you can either assign to a variable: var x = 3; Or you can indirectly assign to a variable with a function (passing function arguments): my_func(3); Is there a word to refer to both of these cases? Basically, these are the ways to “use” … Read more

What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three files (as well the entire source code from which the three files are generated)? It is commonly called library, but to say “the … Read more

What’s a specific word for a programmer who has contextual knowledge of a particular programming language, framework, environment, etc?

This term was used by an old Senior Developer of mine but for the life of me I can’t recall it. The context of the conversation was that he wasn’t necessarily more skilled than an Intermediate Developer, but he had more knowledge and experience in particular areas. In a sentence, it would be used like, … Read more

Meaning of the term “instaciate”/”instatiate” in computer programming

What does this word mean? instaciate, otherwise instatiate It’s not in any of my dictionaries, but there are a few too many occurrences of this word in programming communities and across the Internet for me to believe that these people all really mean “instantiate.” Bonus: Argue for a correct spelling. Answer instantiate, verb in·​stan·​ti·​ate | … Read more

What is its called when you buy a program or game and you can’t use it anymore do to the devs shutting down the servers (an online game in my case)

What is its called when you buy a program or game and you can’t 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. (By the way, I can’t get a refund so … Read more