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Definition: ComputerLanguage.com


ComputerLanguage.com is the URL of The Computer Language Company Inc., which has been creating this encyclopedia for more than 40 years.

A Whole Lotta Names
Branding is a major part of marketing, and brand development means promoting a single name. That we never did. In 1981, the encyclopedia began as "The Computer Glossary." On floppies, it was "Electronic Computer Glossary." Our book publisher named it "Computer Desktop Encyclopedia," and that became our website banner for years.

Due to licensing, at various times we were TechEncyclopedia, ZDNet Dictionary and just plain Encyclopedia. For more than a dozen years, we have been "PCMag.com Encyclopedia."

We Became Responsive in 2018
In August 2018, ComputerLanguage.com was updated to a responsive Web design that works equally well on small phone screens as it does on desktops. As a result, we eliminated our iOS app soon after and released the final Android version in August 2021. See responsive Web design.

At some point, we will drop our Windows version from public use, which after more than 25 years is unfortunate because our users tell us it is the best lookup engine they have ever used. We agree! There was never anything like it before and never will be again because, today, the Web is "the" source for information.

Too Wordy
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) is a mouthful, and "CDE" has little connection to high-tech. Progress marches on. So after telling people for decades to go to ComputerLanguage.com, it seemed the rightful name on our website should be its URL. In May 2019, our website banner became ComputerLanguage.com. See About this encyclopedia.