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Meaning of ZAP

Pronunciation:  zap

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. 1. A language for expressing program transformations.

    ["A System for Assisting Program Transformation", M.S. Feather, ACM TOPLAS 4(1):1-20, Jan 1982].

    2. zero and add packed.

  2. 1. To modify, usually to correct; especially used when the action is performed with a debugger or binary patching tool. Also implies surgical precision. "Zap the debug level to 6 and run it again."

    In the ibm mainframe world, binary patches are applied to programs or to the operating system with a program called "superzap", whose file name is "IMASPZAP" (possibly contrived from I M A SuPerZAP).

    See also zero and add packed.

    2. To fry a chip with static electricity. "Uh oh - I think that lightning strike may have zapped the disk controller."

 

 

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