Appendix: Acronyms

This book, like most books on IT, contains a lot of acronyms (including IT!). This appendix contains expansions of them, for quick reference. In a few cases, the acronym has become a name; the expansion has dropped out of use for some reason. This may be because it is a product name, which at one time was an acronym for which the expansion is not now generally used. This applies typically to products such as operating systems, for example, Unisys MCP. In other cases, the expansion has ceased to be useful because it no longer reflects the true meaning of the acronym, but because it is widely used, changing the name to something else would be difficult and not worth the effort. A prominent example is SOAP, which originally meant ...

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