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industrial strengthHardware or software designed for fault tolerant operation. It mostly refers to software that has built-in safeguards against failure. For example, an industrial-strength operating system does not lock up the computer if an application fails. Industrial-strength features in a database (DBMS) ensure the quality of the data (see referential integrity and two-phase commit). Programs become industrial strength after being thoroughly tested in live user environments for extensive periods. See bulletproof.
|Beyond the Software Itself|
|Being popular with IT people, the term has been expanded. In these book titles, industrial strength refers to tried and true methods. (Images courtesy of O'Reilly, www.oreilly.com)|