Unit 2: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 15 vocabulary words below.
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abort
to end a program or a process before its completion
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When the word processor application crashed, the user had to abort the program and lose all his unsaved changes.
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bug
an error in a computer program
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An average developer will create one bug for every 10 lines of code written.
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closed source
software in which the license stipulates that the user cannot see, edit, or manipulate the source code of a software program
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I wanted to develop a new feature for the program, but I couldn't because it was closed source.
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compatible
capable of being used without modification
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The IBM 360 was the first commercially successful computer family with a wide range of compatible parts.
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crash
a computer failure due to faulty hardware or a serious software bug
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The user was advised to reboot the computer after a serious crash in which the computer no longer responded.
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end user
a person who uses a product or service on a computer
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Developers must maintain a close relationship with end users if they want to have a successful career.
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error
an incorrect action attributable to poor judgment, ignorance, or inattention
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The computer reported a "division by zero" error and automatically aborted the program.
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execute
to start a program on a computer
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The program was set to execute every night at midnight.
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feature
something a computer program is "supposed" to do; these are often reasons to use a particular program or upgrade to a more recent version
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The man upgraded his copy of Word because of a new feature that allowed him to spell-check documents in Spanish.
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IDE (integrated development environment)
an application normally consisting of a source code editor, a compiler and/or interpreter, build-automation tools, and a debugger
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The new employee asked his boss to buy him a license for his favorite IDE because there was none installed on his new company laptop.
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open source
a program in which the code is distributed allowing programmers to alter and change the original software as much as they like
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The article stated that many programmers prefer open source solutions because they can modify features and fix bugs without waiting for an upgrade or patch from the manufacturer.
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programmer
a person who writes or modifies computer programs or applications
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The software company needed to hire three new programmers to help debug their flagship application.
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proprietary
privately developed and owned technology
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Because of proprietary code, you may not modify or redistribute the source code of Windows or Macintosh operating systems.
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restriction
a rule or law which limits or controls something
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The video website had content restrictions in place for users under the age of 18.
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usability
a measure of how easy or efficient a program is to use
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Back in the day, programmers or salespeople would often be responsible for the user experience, but now we assign that task to a properly trained UX designer.
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