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A device that you connect to your computer and to a phone line, that allows the computer to talk to other computers through the phone system. Basically, modems do for computers what a telephone does for humans.

Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension

On the Internet, the format of a piece of data, such as a document or a web page, is specified by a header called a MIME type. Common MIME types for familiar documents include text/html for HTML documents, application/zip for ZIP documents, image/gif for GIF images, etc

Aliases (separate with |): MIME

Any time you connect 2 or more computers together so that they can share resources, you have a computer network. Connect 2 or more networks together and you have an internet.


(Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) are one geometry type you can use to create 3D curves and surfaces in Maya.


Objective-C is a highly dynamic, message-based object-oriented language. It is a hybrid combining the features of C and Smalltalk. Developed by Brad Cox in the 1980s, it is primarily used on Apple's Mac OS X and iOS (iPhone OS).


Object-relational mapping (ORM) is a technique for converting data between incompatible type systems in object-oriented programming languages.


Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.

Planar Mapping

Planar mapping is a texturing option that projects UVs onto a mesh. This projection of UVs are usually used on flat objects or ones that are viewable from one camera angle.


A (usually small) piece of software that adds features to a larger piece of software.

The idea behind plug-in’s is that a small piece of software is loaded into memory by the larger program, adding a new feature, and that users need only install the few plug-ins that they need, out of a much larger pool of possibilities. Plug-ins are usually created by people other than the publishers of the software the plug-in works with.


Python is an interpreted, general-purpose high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Python is free to use, even for commercial products, because of its OSI-approved open source license.


Ruby is an open-source dynamic OO interpreted language created by Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz) in the 90s that combines the good bits from Perl, Smalltalk and Lisp. It supports multiple programming paradigms. Ruby's primary purpose is to "help every programmer in the world to be productive, and to enjoy programming, and to be happy." - Matz. Ruby mindshare spiked in the next decade due to "Ruby on Rails" - a popular web application framework built on Ruby.

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is an open-source web development framework optimized for programmer happiness and maintaining sustainable productivity. Many things are defined by convention, freeing you from having to re-invent things to stay productive.

Scope Resolution Operator

The Scope Resolution Operator (also called Paamayim Nekudotayim) or in simpler terms, the double colon, is a token that allows access to static, constant, and overridden properties or methods of a class.

When referencing these items from outside the class definition, use the name of the class.

As of PHP 5.3.0, it's possible to reference the class using a variable. The variable's value can not be a keyword (e.g. self, parent and static).

Paamayim Nekudotayim would, at first, seem like a strange choice for naming a double-colon. However, while writing the Zend Engine 0.5 (which powers PHP 3), that's what the Zend team decided to call it. It actually does mean double-colon - in Hebrew!


This property is defined on each snap element and determines the X position and Y position values where this element will snap to. This property works together with the scroll-snap-destination declared on the container and determines the element’s offset from the snap point.


This property is set on the scroll container and it defines the X position and Y position values (relative to itself) that the elements inside will snap to. You use this property to tell the container exactly where its elements will be snapped to.

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