Re: [vwrap] What does "ADT" mean?

Morgaine <morgaine.dinova@googlemail.com> Sun, 08 May 2011 01:47 UTC

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ADT means Abstract Data Type.

A system of abstract data types (such as LLSD) has no accepted name or
abbreviation, but commonly one says "ADT system", or where context allows an
unambiguous interpretation, simply "ADT".

No mystery there, it has been so for decades of common usage in Computing.
:-)


Morgaine.



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On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 10:47 PM, Dzonatas Sol <dzonatas@gmail.com>; wrote:

> +1
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> On 05/07/2011 01:29 PM, Boroondas Gupte wrote:
>
>> Sorry to come up here with a 'language' issue, but this has confused me
>> a bit. (Maybe because I'm not a native speaker of English.)
>>
>> The abbreviation "ADT" has been used on this list a lot recently. (I
>> think mainly by Morgaine.) To me, it seems like in most of the uses here
>> on the list, it has to have the meaning "abstract type system" to make
>> any sense. Though, the only related expansion of the abbreviation I can
>> find is "abstract data type", which isn't a synonym of "abstract type
>> system", as far as I can tell. (If I've understood correctly, an
>> abstract type system is composed from abstract data types and conversion
>> rules between them.)
>>
>> If the use of "ADT" to mean "abstract type system" was just a mistake
>> that got carried on for a short time, I suggest to cease using it in
>> that meaning to avoid confusion and use the abbreviation only when you
>> actually mean "abstract data type". Either write out "abstract type
>> system" fully when you intend that meaning, or use a different
>> abbreviation - maybe "ATS" or "ADTS" (for "abstract data type system").
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Boroondas
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