Software Development Glossary

A dictionary of the terminology most commonly used by developers related to software development.

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A tree representation of the source code of a computer program.

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The process of testing a software without knowing the internal structure of code or program.

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A software development practice of ensuring that latest changes to software are deployable at any time.

A development practice in which changes to code are integrated in a shared repository frequently, multiples times a day preferably.

Software engineering practice in which isolated code changes are immediately analyzed to detect defects before they are added to the code base.

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The process of analyzing a computer software by executing the program in real-time.

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A declarative programming style that treats computation as the evaluation of mathematical functions.

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A method of software development where the product is designed, implemented and tested incrementally until the product is finished.

The process of taking individual units of code and testing it as a group.

A method of software development where a rudimentary version of the entire product is iterated on multiple times to get the final product.

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Slow deterioration of software performance over time leading to software becoming buggy and unusable.

The process of analyzing a computer program to find problems in it without actually executing it.

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Quantification of the implied cost of additional maintenance work in future caused by making trade-offs now to deliver software faster.

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The process of breaking down a program into pieces, and subjecting each piece to a series of tests.

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The process of testing a software based on an analysis of the internal structure of the component or system.

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