Software technology glossary
Take the confusion out of the terminology with our glossary for some of the common technologies and terms used in recruitment software and web design.
The .NET Framework is a term defined by Microsoft to describe a library of functions for configuring and developing software for a Windows operating system to ensure compatibility between different programming languages. Available as a download from Microsoft, the .NET Framework needs to be installed on your local PC to enable software programs (written using the CLR) to run. The .NET Framework is pre-installed on Windows Vista operating systems and can be downloaded for other Windows operating systems here
ASP (Active Server Pages)
An authoring environment used to create and run dynamic, interactive web pages and applications - often used as an interface for databases and to generate pages. ASP is a server-side language and so web pages are processed on a web server before they are transferred to your browser. This acronym can also refer to Application Service Provider
ASP (Application Service Provider)
A hosted software provider that delivers and manages software applications from centrally located servers over the internet. Often depending on legacy software ASPs are typically client-server applications where software is downloaded to your local PC that uses the Internet as an interface. This acronym can also refer to Active Server Pages
CRM (Customer Relationship Management)
A term applied to software and a methodology that supports companies to manage customer relationships in an efficient and organised process.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
CSS is a programming language that can be used to define the presentation of a web page. CSS separates the style from the content and so it allows web designers to create a consistent appearance for fonts, colours and positioning of elements independently from the content on the web page.
Text that contains no formatting elements, otherwise known as plain text.
SaaS (Software as a service)
SaaS is a model of software delivery that is 'net-native' and uses technology such as AJAX to provide a dynamic user experience directly through a browser. Software is delivered as a service to multiple customers simultaneously and securely via the internet.
SQL (Structured Query Language)
An industry standard language used for querying and manipulating information held in a database, as well as administrative and management functions relating to databases.
W3C Standard (The World Wide Web Consortium)
The World Wide Web Consortium is the main international standards organisation for the Web and creates web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth and compatibility for the Web.