Glossary of common terms
This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.
If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.
Please feel free to add new words here!
OS or Operating System
Operating System in computing is defined as a system software that:
i.controls hardware and serves as interface between user and hardware.
ii.controls input and output of data or infomation
iii.serves as a platform for managing general applications/software or customized software
An acronym for PHP Extension and Application Repository. PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components.
For more information see http://pear.php.net/.
Plesk is a commercial hosting management program that can be used to manage the account management interface. Plesk can be used for multiple distros of Linux (Ubuntu, Redhat, Cloud Linux, Debian) and Windows Server 2008 and 2012 servers.
Proof Of Concept - a prototype created to show that an idea is technically fesible. While the prototype probably isn't suitable for real-world use, it provides a starting point for discussion and design of a real solution.
PostgreSQL is a full-featured open-source database with many enterprise features, including:
See http://www.postgresql.org/ for more information.
Postnuke is a free, open source, database driven php website. Many Moodle people use postnuke as a front end page to forums, calendars, guestbook and other non-education specific activities. There are literaly thousands of free themes, and hundreds of open source modules that a postnuke site can use.
However, the administration and permission system UI for postnuke can be daunting for newbies, and often requires some basic knowledge of php coding to implement many tasks.
A great website for educators to start at is the postnuke education forum.
A production site is site that is publicly operating, it has courses and is being used by anyone enrolled.
RSS is a Web content syndication format.
(extracted from http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss)
This is where your web site or database, or both, resides. You may choose to run your own server or have a hosting provider look after this for you.