Short for Access Point, a hardware device or a computer’s software that acts as a communication hub for users of a wireless device to connect to a wired LAN. APs are important for providing heightened wireless security and for extending the physical range of service a wireless user has access to.
- Application Program Interface (API)
API, an abbreviation of application program interface, is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. The API specifies how software components should interact and APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A […]
- Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA)
Short for Automatic Private IP Addressing, a feature of later Windows operating systems. With APIPA, DHCP clients can automatically self-configure an IP address and subnet mask when a DHCP server isn’t available. When a DHCP client boots up, it first looks for a DHCP server in order to obtain an IP address and subnet mask. […]
Short for A Programming Language,a programming language noted for its ability to generate matrixes — data elements presented in rows and columns — and its brevity. The language shortens programs by including loops, or repeated functions, within its fundamental instructions. Created in the early 1960s by Ken Inverson, the language once used only a non-standard […]
Short for Advanced Power Management, an API developed by Intel and Microsoft that allows developers to include power management in BIOSes. APM defines a layer between the hardware and the operating system that effectively shields the programmer from hardware details.
Short for the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, one of four non-profit organizations that register and administer IP addresses. APNIC serves the Asia Pacific region, which consists of 62 economies.