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robust

Refers to software without bugs that handles abnormal conditions well. It is often said that there is no software package totally bug free. Any program can exhibit odd behavior under certain conditions, but a robust program will not lock up the computer, cause damage to data or send the user through an endless chain of dialog boxes without purpose. Whether or not a program can be totally bug free will be debated forever. See industrial strength.



industrial strength

Hardware or software designed for fault tolerant operation. It mostly refers to software that has built-in safeguards against failure. For example, an industrial-strength operating system does not lock up the computer if an application fails. Industrial-strength features in a database (DBMS) ensure the quality of the data (see referential integrity and two-phase commit). Programs become industrial strength after being thoroughly tested in live user environments for extensive periods. See bulletproof.




Beyond the Software Itself
Being popular with IT people, the term has been expanded. In these book titles, industrial strength refers to tried and true methods. (Images courtesy of O'Reilly, www.oreilly.com)






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