Software Quality Resources Definitions

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    3-tier application

    A 3-tier application is an application program that is organized into three major parts, each of which is distributed to a different place or places in a network.

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    acceptance test

    An acceptance test confirms that an story is complete by matching a user action scenario with a desired outcome. (Continued...)

  • access control list (ACL)

    An access control list (ACL) is a table that tells a computer operating system which access rights each user has to a particular system object, such as a file directory or individual file.

  • Agile Software Development

    In software application development, Agile is a methodology that anticipates the need for flexibility and applies a level of pragmatism into the delivery of the finished product.

  • application

    In information technology, an application is the use of a technology, system, or product.

  • application firewall

    An application firewall is an enhanced firewall that limits access by applications to the operating system (OS) of a computer... (Continued)

  • application program

    An application program (sometimes shortened to application) is any program designed to perform a specific function directly for the user or, in some cases, for another application program.

  • application security

    Application security is the use of software, hardware, and procedural methods to protect applications from external threats. Once an afterthought in software design, security is becoming an increasingly important concern during development as applications become more frequently accessible over networks and are, as a result, vulnerable to a wide variety of threats.

  • auditor

    In Web advertising, this usually means a third-party company that audits the number of visitors to or impression sent from a Web site during some time period.

  • authorization

    Authorization is the process of giving someone permission to do or have something.

  • automated test equipment (ATE)

    Automated test equipment (ATE) is computer-controlled equipment that tests electronic devices for functionality and performance.

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    best practice

    A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has been proven to reliably lead to a desired result.

  • black box (black box testing)

    A black box is any device whose workings are not understood by or accessible to its user. According to Edward Tenner, writing in The Washington Post, the first black box was a gun sight carried on World War II Flying Fortresses, with hidden components that corrected for environmental variables, such as wind speed... (Continued)

  • bug

    In computer technology, a bug is a coding error in a computer program.

  • build

    In a programming context, a build is a version of a program.

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