Re: "advance" vs "advanced"

Subject: Re: "advance" vs "advanced"
From: Geoff Lane <geoff -at- gjctech -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:20:20 +0000

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, Stuart Burnfield wrote;

> I think preprocessing is a different kettle of fish from
> pre-prepared, pre-approved, etc. There are the standard processing
> steps, and there are some other steps (maybe validation, conversion,
> reconciliation) that you might do to get your data or whatever it is
> in the right shape to be processed. Yes, it's all processing, but
> it's useful to distinguish between the standard processing and the
> optional or variable steps you might need to before that.

I think it's more than that - especially in a computing context, where
there is a long-established use of the term. Typically, preprocessing
is something done before code gets compiled or interpreted. For
example, the task that the C preprocessor carries out. The term also
applies to a utility (such as ORB) that converts proprietary source
into standard form for upload to (for example) a Web server. There's
even at least one language (PHP, which stands for PHP Hypertext
Preprocessor) named as a preprocessor.

So in computing (at least) the term is widely used, understood, and
appropriate for the right audience.




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