(n) (1) A set of symbols for representing something. For example, most computers use ASCII codes to represent characters.
(2) Written computer instructions. The term code is somewhat colloquial. For example, a programmer might say: “I wrote a lot of code this morning” or “There’s one piece of code that doesn’t work.”
Code can appear in a variety of forms. The code that a programmer writes is called source code. After it has been compiled, it is called object code. Code that is ready to run is called executable code or machine code.
(v) Colloquial for to program (that is, to write source code).
- code signing
A digital signature added to a piece of code to prove it was produced by a known entity and has not been tampered with to build consumer confidence. In the DRM terminology, code signing is used to verify that rights-enforcing code has not been tampered with.
(1) Short for compressor/decompressor, a codec is any technology for compressing and decompressing data. Codecs can be implemented in software, hardware, or a combination of both. Some popular codecs for computer video include MPEG, Indeo and Cinepak. (2) In telecommunications, (short for coder/decoder) a device that encodes or decodes a signal. For example, telephone companies […]
In software and hardware terminology, a codename is a name given to a project to identify it while it is still in development. Once the project has been completed, just before it is released to the public and retail channels in its final packaged version, the developing company will release its commercial name for the […]
Short for Common Object File Format, a binary file format used in UNIX System V and Windows.
- Cold Boot
The start-up of a computer from a powered-down, or off, state. Also called a hard boot. Contrast with warm boot, restarting a computer via the operating system.