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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applet

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 10:28 PM
 
Applets are small programs written in Java and embedded within web pages. Most recent browsers can run these small programs if you have Java installed on your computer.

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CSS

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:14 PM
 
Abbreviation for "Cascading Style Sheets". CSS defines styles and colours and how they should be applied to a web page.

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CVS

by Martin Dougiamas - Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6:42 PM
 
The Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) is a method of storing files on a server that helps coordinate many people working on those files. Moodle's code repository was managed using CVS from the beginning of the project up until 2010 before switching to Git.

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database

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:16 PM
 
An electronic collection of information, stored in tables of data. For example, Moodle contains a table of all users in a site. There are many brands of database software, but most people use MySQL.

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dataroot

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:17 PM
 
The place where Moodle can save uploaded files. This directory should be readable and writeable by the web server user but it should not be accessible directly via the web.

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domain

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:18 PM
 
A name given to a computer or a group of computers. eg moodle.org. You can buy new domain names from a domain name registrar, of which there are many.

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download

by Martin Dougiamas - Friday, February 6, 2004, 9:53 PM
 

To move your files from a server "down" to your personal computer. Also see FTP and upload.

You can download Moodle via the Moodle download page.

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upload

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:19 PM
 
To move your files from a personal computer "up" to a server. Also see FTP and download.

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dirroot

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:20 PM
 
The dirroot is the name for the directory in which you have installed Moodle. It's a setting in config.php that must be entered correctly.

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FTP

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:21 PM
 
File Transfer Protocol - a method of copying files from one computer to another. For example, you might FTP your Moodle files from your home computer to your web server.


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