Software Quality Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing software quality and related products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • O

    obfuscation (obfu)

    Obfuscation, in general, describes a practice that is used to intentionally make something more difficult to understand. In a programming context, it means to make code harder to understand or read.

  • OS commanding

    OS commanding is a method of attacking a Web server by remotely gaining access to the operating system (OS) and then executing system commands through a browser... (Continued)

  • OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project)

    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit group that helps organizations develop, purchase, and maintain software applications that can be trusted.

  • OWASP Top Ten

    The OWASP Top Ten is a list of the 10 most dangerous current Web application security flaws, along with effective methods of dealing with those flaws.

  • P

    pair programming

    Pair programming is an Agile technique originating from XP in which two developers team together and work on one computer.

  • pattern (design pattern)

    In software development, a pattern (or design pattern) is a written document that describes a general solution to a design problem that recurs repeatedly in many projects.

  • peer review

    Peer review is a process used for checking the work performed by one's equals (peers) to ensure it meets specific criteria.

  • pen test (penetration testing)

    Penetration testing (also called pen testing) is the practice of testing a computer system, network or Web application to find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit.

  • performance testing

    Performance testing is the process of determining the speed or effectiveness of a computer, network, software program or device.

  • PERT chart (Program Evaluation Review Technique)

    A PERT chart is a project management tool used to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project.

  • pigs and chickens

    Pigs and chickens is an analogy used in the Scrum software development model to define the type of role an attendee can play at a daily scrum meeting.

  • planning board

    In agile software development, a planning board is used to track the progress of an project. (Continued...)

  • planning game

    In agile software development, a planning game is a meeting attended by both IT and business teams that is focused on choosing stories for a release or iteration. (Continued...)

  • planning poker

    Planning Poker is a teambuilding activity for achieving group consensus.  It is used by agile software development teams to estimate how long a component of a software project (story) will take to complete.

  • polyglot programming

    Polyglot programming is the practice of writing code in multiple languages to capture additional functionality and efficiency not available in a single language.

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