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Just read the IBM page. It doesn't seem to imply the "to persist data" usage:
To be maintained across session boundaries, usually in nonvolatile
storage such as a database system or a directory.
(1) A characteristic of data that is maintained across session
boundaries, or of an object that continues to exist after the
execution of the program or process that created it, usually in
nonvolatile storage such as a database system.
(2) In J2EE, the protocol for transferring the state of an entity
bean between its instance variables and an underlying database. (Sun)
Pertaining to data that is maintained across session boundaries,
usually in nonvolatile storage such as a database system or a
I say we write around it as long as we can--and hope it is a passing fad ;)
You know, something like "store it as persistent data" or "store it in
persistent form/configuration" etc.
When it passes into the language (like "automation", "online", and so
on) or, importantly, the specific accepted usage of the domain one is
operating in, we can get with the program.
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