RE: "to persist data"

Subject: RE: "to persist data"
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 15:47:25 -0700

Nancy Allison wrote:

> I've just run across the expression "to persist data" -- I find it on
> the web as well as in the doc I've been asked to work on.
> Here's a web example:
> "Once we have validated, or failed to validate our data, we need to
> persist it. (Or at the very least we need to make the decisions not to
> persist it.) We have an number of ways to persist our data depending
> the scope of the persistance. For a single webform, we may be
> persisting the information back into the form input fields. Or we may
> persist it to a session if we want to data to remain for the entirety
> of the user's visit. We may even persist it to a database for long
> storage."
> While I understand that our geekier siblings are happy with this term,
> I'd like to stick with English as much as possible. (Is joke! Mostly.)

> What does "to persist data" mean? To move it? To retain it unchanged?
> Is there a Regular English verb that expresses the same meaning?

Yeah, "persist" as a transitive verb is horrible.

It means "store"; see
for more details.


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