Hello there! From time to time we at the business desk are pleased to bring you an article of interest and for this week we have a great one for you! We now invite you to read on! The Sterling Creations team +++++++++++++++ Contributed by Dan Thompson Bootstrap Bootstrap, or bootstrapping, is a verb that comes from the saying, "to pull oneself up by his bootstraps." The idiom implies a person is self sufficient, not requiring help from others. Similarly, in the computing world, bootstrapping describes a <> process that automatically loads and executes commands. The most fundamental form of bootstrapping is the startup process that takes place when you start up a computer. In fact, the term " <> boot," as in booting up a computer, comes from the word bootstrap. When you turn on or restart a computer, it automatically loads a sequence of commands that initializes the system, checks for <> hardware, and loads the <> operating system. This process does not require any user <> input and is therefore considered a bootstrap process. While bootstrapping is often associated with the system <> boot sequence, it can be used by individual <> applications as well. For example, a program may automatically run a series of commands when opened. These commands may process user settings, check for updates, and load dynamic libraries, such as <> DLL files. They are considered bootstrap processes because they run automatically as the program is starting up. NOTE: Bootstrap is also a popular web development <> framework used for creating <> websites. It was developed by a team at <> Twitter and has been an <> open source project since 2011. The Bootstrap framework includes <> CSS styles, <> JavaScript libraries, and <> HTML files. Bootstrap provides a way for developers to easily build <> responsive websites rather than designing them from scratch. Updated: April 14, 2016 Cite this definition: <> APA <> MLA <> Chicago <> HTML Source: The Tech Terms Computer Dictionary

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