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 download this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.

Please feel free to add new words here!

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COMPUTING TERMS

Oracle

by Lionel Redelinghuys - Friday, September 25, 2009, 3:19 PM
 
A commercial database management system like MS SQL with an Open Source leg.

Jason Jolaoso

OS or Operating System

by Jason Jolaoso - Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:43 AM
 
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

PEAR

by Helen Foster - Thursday, June 30, 2005, 1:44 PM
 

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

by Usman Asar - Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 8:43 PM
 

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. 


POC

by Mark Johnson - Monday, May 30, 2011, 3:06 PM
 

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

by Andrew McMillan - Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 4:56 PM
 
PostgreSQL is a full-featured open-source database with many enterprise features, including:
  • Support for database transactions
  • Strong support for SQL-92 standard
  • Native external interfaces for ODBC, JDBC, C, C++, PHP, Perl, TCL, Python and Ruby
  • Referential integrity
  • Internal functions can be written in C, C++, Java, Perl, TCL, Python, Ruby, PHP and PL/PgSQL
  • Insert/Update/Delete Triggers
  • Inheritance
  • Unicode
  • Extensible data types
  • Indexes on functions
PostgreSQL scales well into large multi-user environments, where the application has significantly intermixed reading and writing activity.

See http://www.postgresql.org/ for more information.

Postnuke

by Sam Mudle - Friday, January 13, 2006, 4:26 PM
 

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.

http://www.postnuke.com/

A great website for educators to start at is the postnuke education forum.


moi!!! it is what is is...

Production Site

by Colin Fraser - Friday, September 25, 2009, 3:18 PM
 
A production site is site that is publicly operating, it has courses and is being used by anyone enrolled.

RSS

by Robert Leskovar - Friday, June 25, 2004, 3:15 AM
 

RSS is a Web content syndication format.
Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website. Subordinate to the <rss> element is a single <channel> element, which contains information about the channel (metadata) and its contents.

(extracted from http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss)


Martin Dougiamas

server

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:26 PM
 
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.


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