Microservices architecture Definitions

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

  • L

    linkrot

    Linkrot is the tendency of hypertext links from one Web site to another site to become useless as other sites cease to exist or remove or reorganize their Web pages.

  • LISP (list processing)

    LISP, an acronym for list processing, is a programming language that was designed for easy manipulation of data strings.

  • list server (mailing list server)

    A list server (mailing list server) is a program that handles subscription requests for a mailing list and distributes new messages, newsletters, or other postings from the list's members to the entire list of subscribers as they occur or are scheduled.

  • lowerCamelCase

    lowerCamelCase (part of CamelCase) is a naming convention in which a name is formed of multiple words that are joined together as a single word with the first letter of each of the multiple words (except the first one) capitalized within the new word that forms the name.

  • M

    mail server (mail transfer/transport agent, MTA, mail router, Internet mailer)

    A mail server (also known as a mail transfer agent or MTA, a mail transport agent, a mail router or an Internet mailer) is an application that receives incoming e-mail from local users (people within the same domain) and remote senders and forwards outgoing e-mail for delivery.

  • Majordomo

    Like listserv, Majordomo (from Latin: "master of the house") is a small program that automatically redistributes e-mail to names on a mailing list.

  • management service provider (MSP)

    Also see two related terms, application service provider and storage service provider.

  • Mapuccino

    Mapuccino is a Java applet or small program that can show a visual map of how a Web site is organized.

  • Marimba

    Marimba is a company that has introduced a somewhat new way of using the World Wide Web.

  • mask

    In graphic design, a mask is a tool that allows you to protect a specific area of an image from modification.

  • MathML

    MathML is an application of XML (Extensible Markup Language) designed to facilitate the use of mathematical expressions in Web pages.

  • message queueing

    In programming, message queueing is a method by which process (or program instances) can exchange or pass data using an interface to a system-managed queue of messages.

  • message-driven processing

    Message-driven processing is an approach used within the client/server computing model in which a client (for example, your Web browser) sends a service request in the form of a specially-formatted message to a program that acts as a request broker, handling messages from many clients intended for many different server applications.

  • meta refresh

    On a Web site, a meta refresh is coding in the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) that automatically directs the visitor to a new page after a specified number of seconds.

  • microcommerce

    Microcommerce is an online selling/purchasing model that involves the exchange of very small sums of money, sometimes known as micropayments.

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