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back-end

back-end in Technology

programming
Any software performing either the final stage in a process, or a task not apparent to the user. A common usage is in a compiler. A compiler's back-end generates machine language and performs optimisations specific to the machine's architecture.
The term can also be used in the context of network applications. E.g. "The back-end of the system handles socket protocols".
Contrast front end.
(1996-04-09)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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