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binding time

[′bīn·diŋ ‚tīm]
(computer science)
The instant when a symbolic expression in a computer program is reduced to a form which is directly interpretable by the hardware.
The instant when a variable is assigned its data type, such as integer or string.

binding time

(1) In program compilation, the point in time when symbolic references to data are converted into physical machine addresses. See bind.

(2) When a variable is assigned its type (integer, string, etc.) in a programming language. Traditional compilers and assemblers provide early binding and assign types at compilation. Object-oriented languages provide late binding and assign types at runtime when the variable receives a value from the keyboard or other source.
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6 updates can be grouped into four areas; core AppleTalk changes to improve overall performance and stability; core TCP/IP changes to improve overall performance and stability, changes to interoperate with Microsoft Windows NT DHCP server, and better compatibility with BOOTP servers; backward-compatibility for AppleTalk changes to better support applications that use Name Binding Protocol (NBP) as a form of software license enforcement on the network; and backward-compatibility for TCP/IP changes to address potential data truncation problem, and substantial changes to improve compatibility with existing SLIP and PPP implementations.
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