Glossary - B
- back end
- the server-side of client/server is called the back end because it is usually handled by programs running in obscurity on the server, out of sight (and mind) for most users.
- technically, bandwidth is the range of electrical frequencies a device can handle; more often, it's used as a measure of a communications technology's carrying capacity
- Basic (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)
- a programming language, Basic (also called BASIC) is easy to learn and use. The most popular implementation is Microsoft's QuickBasic.
- beta test
- the phase of software testing where a program or system is turned over to a select group of users outside the development organization for use in more or less real-life situations.
- The body is one of the main identifiable structures of any HTML document. It is usually trapped between the head information and the footer information.
- most Web browsers include a facility for building a list of URLs that users wish to keep for future reference. Netscape calls such references bookmarks in its browser.
- a Web access program that can request HTML documents from Web servers, and render such documents on a user's display device. (see also client)
- BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution)
- a flavor of UNIX that was particularly important in the late 1970's and 1980's when most of the enhancements and add-ons to UNIX appeared first in the BSD version (like TCP/IP)
- acronym for "By The Way"; commonly used in e-mail messages
- small verminous creatures that sometimes show up in software in the form of major or minor errors, mistakes, and gotchas. Bugs got their name from insects found in antiquated tube-based computers of the late 50s and early 60s which were attracted to the glow of the filament in a tube.
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