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!

Browse the glossary using this index

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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/.


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permission

by Chris Collman - Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 11:38 PM
 

A permission is a part of a role which allows or denies a someone to use a feature or function of Moodle.  There are over 450 different permissions settings in any Moodle role.   Each permission has 1 of 4 states that can be assigned to it: "not set", "allow", "prevent", and "prohibit.  Editing or creating new roles on the site level can be complicated. In part because of the hierarchical nature of contexts.  In many contexts, roles or permissions can be overridden, and the permitted user will see a shortened list of permissions appropriate to the context.


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phpMyAdmin

by Colin Fraser - Monday, May 30, 2011, 3:06 PM
 

another PHP Application that can be used to administer your Moodle database. It has an intuitive interface that is actually very basic and it is easy to setup and use.  Is a free tool and is downloadable from the phpMyAdmin site. It has also been bundled with the Xampp-lite/Moodle package.


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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. 


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PMA

by Guillermo Madero - Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:45 AM
 

phpMyAdmin. A tool to manage your Moodle database with, if you have Admin access rights. Used with MySQL and MariaDB database servers. 


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.