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Q&A What does "namespace" mean?

A well-known easter egg in Python displays some ideas about writing good Python code, credited to Tim Peters (one of the core developers). This question is about the last: Namespaces are one hon...

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Terms for types of functions with respect to side effects

Mathematically, the purpose of a function is to return an output. However, in a programming context functions often have side effects. It is even common to call functions for the side effects alone...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A What are statements and expressions?

When I have tried to read technical explanations of the syntax rules for programming languages, and when I am trying to decipher error messages, I often encounter the terms expression and statement...

4 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Dirk Herrmann‭

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Q&A What is HEAD in Git?

In Git documentation, there are lots of references to the term "HEAD". But what exactly is it? Some places refer to it as "a pointer to the current branch". So it's a branch? What is it used for?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by hkotsubo‭

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Q&A What are the types of DOM nodes?

If I am not mistaken any DOM "tree" node is actually a "branch", which would be an HTML element or perhaps a CSS pseudo-element, of course. If that's true what are the different node types and esp...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by hkotsubo‭

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Q&A Why object-oriented instead of class-oriented?

I understand that in object-oriented programming, an object is an instance of a class. If it's an instance, I misunderstand why does it need the term object at all (we could just say "instance"). ...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by hkotsubo‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a decoupled, Headless and RESTful content management system?

By means of content management system architecture, Is the implementation of decoupling architecture (backend and frontend separation), headless architecture and Representational State Transfer (R...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a hook and a code injection?

I would define a hook as: A piece of code which changes the response to a certain event, without changing the original code that caused the event How is that different than "code injection", if a...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by BobJarvis‭

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Q&A Are the terms "property" and "method" practical in programming languages other than JavaScript? [closed]

I would say that the terms "property" and "method" are basic in JavaScript programming (at least in the context of web/front), but are they basic or common in other programming languages such as C,...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  closed 2y ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A What are the types of contact forms?

I get the impression that there are two general types of contact forms: A regular contact form where all fields are in one webpage ; such form might be very long for a potential customer ("too m...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A What is a typeless programming language?

I have read that several programming languages, listed below are considered "typeless": Forth Brainfuck B MUMPS BLISS Lucid BCPL I have shared this data with a programmer who clued that...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 3y ago by deleted user

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Q&A What is an example for a URI which is not a URL?

Every URL is a URI but not every URI is a URL is a saying I know from long ago, but what is an example for a URI which is not a URL (whatever the user agent would be - a web browser, a *nix utility...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wezl‭

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Q&A Is *nix a formal term?

How can one differentiate what is or is not a *nix operating system even if that operating system (or its core/shell/common-utilities) allegedly behaves like any "other" *nix operating system? Is ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 3y ago by r~~‭

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Q&A Is concatenation a logical AND?

As a person with no significant background in mathematics and computer science I thought that concatenation and AND are logically identical if not very similar because both add something to somethi...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 3y ago by deleted user