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Authentication The process of verifying a user's username and password credentials.
Authorization The process of determining what resources an authenticated user has access to.
Blue Ink Application (BIA) See Blue Ink Client.
Blue Ink Client The Blue Ink application that resides on a user's desktop that communicates with the Blue Ink Server and that performs the tasks of code and application generation, and that provides community services.
Blue Ink Net (BIN) The server that the Blue Ink Client connects to for numerous activities such as user authentication, community services and payment authorization.
Blue Ink Project (BIP) The equivalent of a document (in Microsoft Word) that for Blue Ink holds all information relating to a users project and database.
Boolean Boolean Algebra is a branch of mathematics developed by George Boole in the mid 19th Century where the only values are yes and no (true and false).  Boolean values are integral to computer science.
C-CMS A Custom Content Management System is
CMS Content management refers to the ability of a product to track content such as news items, products, product features & benefits or frequently asked questions and answers.
Code Generation The process of generating programming code.
Community Services The message boards, support forums, news, template sharing and other services provided by the Blue Ink Net to Blue Ink Clients.
Content Display Application (CDA) The CDA consists of a dynamic web application that provides content display and repurposing capabilities using a set of tables in the user’s database.
Content Management Application (CMA) The Blue Ink Content Management Application is a standard Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) based web application for editing the content of a BI-CMS that provides a few extra features such as versioning and staging.
Database A repository of information managed by a Database Management System.
Database Enabled Applications An application whose primary responsibility is the management of data in a database.
Database Management System (DBMS) A program such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle that manages stores of information (databases).
Database Schema The structure of a database for example the tables, columns, indexes, and relationships that make up a particular database.
eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) XHTML is a reformulation of HTML in XML.
eXtensible Markup Language (XML) XML is a markup language for structuring arbitrary data. It allows designers to create their own customized tags, enabling the definition, transmission, validation, and interpretation of data between applications and between organizations.
eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) XSLT is a specialized Programming Language for transforming XML documents.
Functionally Complete An application that is able to create, read, and update information in a database and provides the ability for a user to navigate through the data in a meaningful way.
Instant Application Generation Generating a functionally complete application with a bare minimum of input from the user.
Just-In-Time Application Generation (JTAG) The process of generating database enabled applications instantly with a bare minimum of input from the user and iteratively customizing and regenerating the application through data model edits, updates to pre-populated meta-data answers, and modifications to run-time code based templates.
Meta-Data Meta-Data is a term for information that describes information.  Blue Ink Meta-Data is in two parts: information that describes a database (database meta-data) and user entered information (questions and answers) that describes the information that describes a database.
Meta-Data Answers Information about part of a database schema.  See Meta-Data Questions.
Meta-Data Questions The equivalent of a variable in a programming language.  A meta-data question is a placeholder that can contain a value or multiple values in the case of meta-data questions that relate to tables, columns, incoming relationships, or outgoing relationships.  The values that meta-data questions may contain are meta-data answers.
Meta-Data Repository (MDR) A cache of Blue Ink Meta-Data.  See Meta-Data.






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