Is there a terminology to describe a user (in computer science) who doesn’t need to think to do its job?

To be more specific, an example: The customer relationship department of a company has 100 people to work on customer requests. This company has a system in which almost everything is automated for the user, and their only job is to answer simple “questions” on the screen, like if the customer has sent a specific … Read more

When to use articles before programming terms?

I’ve found such a paragraph in one of programming tutorials: Ruby strings are simply sequences of 8-bit bytes and they are objects of class String. Double-quoted strings allow substitution and backslash notation but single-quoted strings don’t allow substitution and allow backslash notation only for \ and \’ What I have problem with: “class String” instead … Read more

How can I call file not under version control in one word?

In opposite to – versioned – files that are under Source-Code-Version-Control system (i.e. Git/SVN), is there a way to call files that left deliberately out in one word? Is word “un-versioned” (“non-versioned”?) valid construct? Answer The (informal) adjective I’d use is non-VC’d, as in “non-Version Controlled”. For example: I do use source control, but putting … Read more

Is there a word for someone who is your relative but is neither your descendant nor you his?

I’m writing a function in Python that will allow me to list all folders that have a common root folder (common ancestor), but in the process of building up unordered folder pairs for each folder, I am weeding out all pairs where folder A is a descendant of folder B or vice versa. In essence, … Read more

Term describing the smallest possible unit of data

I want to write something like: In cases where the smallest unit of data is available (e.g. houses, persons, vehicles), we can use more detailed models. So I am looking for something describing non-averaged and specific data. However, I’d like to use a less bulky / more professional expression. Things that sound kind of ok … Read more

Capitalizing lowercase names in technical writing (programming)

In a world of programming, there are number of tools which have purposefully lowercase names: like tmux or sed. When talking about this tools, how does capitalization work? Do I never capitalize these, even when a sentence starts with these? Do branding rules apply here (like iPhone or eBay)? Answer This is a question of … Read more

Name for careless quick and dirty style of programming?

How to name a style of programming, which brings the results for given moment, but the code is written quickly, without any readability, considerations, recommended practices, without thinking of others maintaining it and where it is possible that also the author won’t be able to maintain it as soon as the author forgets the details? … Read more