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.

  • E

    evergreen

    On the Internet, evergreen is a term used by some ad agencies to describe a Web site that is updated on a daily or other frequent basis... (Continued)

  • Exim

    Exim is an open source mail transfer agent (MTA), which is a program responsible for receiving, routing, and delivering e-mail messages (this type of program is sometimes referred to as an Internet mailer, or a mail server program).

  • explicit parallelism

    Explicit parallelism is a concept of processor-compiler efficiency in which a group of instructions is sent from the compiler to the processor for simultaneous rather than sequential execution.

  • extensible

    In information technology, extensible describes something, such as a program, programming language, or protocol, that is designed so that users or developers can expand or add to its capabilities.

  • Extensible Name Service (XNS)

    Extensible Name Service (XNS) is an open Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based protocol that specifies a way to establish and manage a universal addressing system.

  • ezine (electronic magazine)

    The term ezine is short for "electronic magazine.

  • F

    FAQ (frequently-asked questions)

    The FAQ (pronounced FAK) or list of "frequently-asked questions" (and answers) has become a feature of the Internet.

  • Fast Infoset (FI)

    Fast Infoset (FI) is a standard that can serve as an alternative to XML (Extensible Markup Language) document formatting... (Continued)

  • FastCGI

    FastCGI is a programming interface that can speed up Web applications that use the most popular way to have the Web server call an application, the common gateway interface (CGI).

  • FidoNet

    Started in 1984, FidoNet is a system for exchanging e-mail and discussion group and other files among users of over 30,000 bulletin board services.

  • Financial Services Markup Language (FSML)

    FSML (Financial Services Markup Language) is a data description language based on the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) that was developed to create financial documents for delivery over the Internet, including eCheck and their associated documentation.

  • finger

    Finger is a program that tells you the name associated with an e-mail address.

  • Firefox

    Firefox is a Web browser that is smaller, faster, and in some ways more secure than the Netscape browser from which much of its code was derived.

  • flamebait

    On the Internet, flamebait is a "posting" or note on a Web site discussion forum, an online bulletin board, a Usenet newsgroup, or other public forum that is intended to elicit the extremely strong responses characteristic of flaming and active public discussions.

  • foo (in software programming)

    Foo is a term used by developers as a placeholder when describing an idea or concept.

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