Like most specialist industries, software is rife with mainstream English words that we’ve taken and misappropriated to mean something completely different. Show business is no different. The software team here at Spotlight sits smack-bang in the intersection between these two specialist fields, and so when we’re talking to our customers and product owners about the systems we build, it’s very important to understand the difference between typecasting and type casting, and exactly what sort of actor model we’re talking about. We therefore present this delightful “double glossary” of everyday terms that you’ll hear here at Spotlight Towers. Because as we all know, there’s only two hard problems in software: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.
Software: A mathematical model of concurrent computation that treats “actors” as the universal primitives of concurrent computation.
Showbiz: A person whose profession is acting on the stage, in films, or on television.
Software: A software agent is a computer program that acts for a user or other program in a relationship of agency
Showbiz: A person who finds jobs for actors, authors, film directors, musicians, models, professional athletes, writers, screenwriters, broadcast journalists, and other people in various entertainment or broadcast businesses.
Software: Any executable code that is passed as an argument to other code, which is expected to call back (execute) the argument at a given time.
Showbiz: A follow-up interview or audition
Software: Explicitly converting a variable from one type to another
Showbiz: Employing actors to play parts in a film, play or other production. Also the act of doing same.
Software: The opposite of a server
Showbiz: An actor, specifically in the context of the actor’s relationship with their agent or manager Internally at Spotlight we have both internal and external clients/customers
Software: A subset of the .NET framework intended to run on mobile and low-powered devices
Showbiz: An actor’s professional CV, as it appears on their agent’s’ website or in various kinds of casting software and directories
Software: Primitive data type representing a floating-point number
Showbiz: A performer who appears in place of another performer, i.e., as in a stunt.
Software: A copy of a system that updates from the original in near to real time, often a database or file storage system
Showbiz: An optical device that helps a performer check they’ve applied their makeup correctly
Software: Used in database mirroring to refer to the primary instance of the database
Showbiz: A performer with lines.
Software: The live infrastructure and code environment
Showbiz: A film, TV or stage show, such as a professional actor might list on their acting CV.
Software: Representational State Transfer – an architectural style used when building hypermedia APIs
Showbiz: What actors do between jobs.
Software: A computer program written in a scripting language
Showbiz: The written dialogue and directions for a play, film or show
Software: Standard pronunciation of SQL, referring to either the database query language. Also commonly refers to Microsoft’s SQL Server database product.
Showbiz: A published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one.
Software: The opposite of a client
Showbiz: Someone working as waiting staff in a restaurant. Who is quite possibly an actor moonlighting as a server to pay the bills between acting jobs.
Software: The native MacOS search application
Showbiz: Our company – www.spotlight.com, “The Home of Casting” – and the directories and services we have created since 1927. Not to be confused with the 20-odd different ‘Spotlight’ companies around the world, many of whose customers blindly email email@example.com whenever they have a problem. 🙂
Software: A replica of a production hosting environment used to test new features and deployments.
Showbiz: The method of presenting a play or dramatic performance; also used to refer to the stage structure itself in theatre and live performance.