Appendix B. Glossary

This appendix contains definitions for the key terms you will see throughout the book in alphabetical order. As you read each hour and see a term you do not recognize, you should be able to turn to this appendix and find out more.


Abstract data type (ADT): This represents a concept (like shape) rather than an object (like circle). As the name implies, it is an abstract form.

Accessor methods: Methods used to access private member variables.

ANSI: The American National Standards Institute is a nonprofit that acts as the guardian of standards within the United States. Most countries and many regions (for example, the European Union) have similar organizations. In some cases, those organizations are part of the government, ...

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