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  • pop
    [from the operation that removes the top of a stack, and the fact that procedure return addresses are saved on the stack] (also capitalized... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • USG UNIX
    /U-S-G yoo'niks/ n. Refers to AT&T UNIX commercial versions after {Version 7}, especially System III and System V releases 1, 2, and 3. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • heavyweight
    adj. High-overhead; {baroque}; code-intensive; featureful, but costly. Esp. used of communication protocols, language designs, and any sort of implementation in which maximum ...FULL DEFINITION

  • aliasing bug
    n. A class of subtle programming errors that can arise in code that does dynamic allocation, esp. via `malloc(3)' or equivalent. If more...FULL DEFINITION

  • deep magic
    [poss. from C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" books] n. An awesomely arcane technique central to a program or system, esp. one not generally published and...FULL DEFINITION

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  • reinvent the wheel
    v. To design or implement a tool equivalent to an existing one or part of one, with the implication that doing so is silly...FULL DEFINITION

  • Real Soon Now
    [orig. from SF's fanzine community, popularized by Jerry Pournelle's column in `BYTE'] adv. 1. Supposed to be available (or fixed, or cheap, or whatever)...FULL DEFINITION

  • ill-behaved
    adj. 1. [numerical analysis] Said of an algorithm or computational method that tends to blow up because of accumulated roundoff error or poor convergence...FULL DEFINITION

  • soft boot
    n. See {boot}.