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Shouldn't these 3 be merged into ?

  • No, [bootstrap] can mean a number of things. Sep 10, 2012 at 14:10
  • And [bootstrapper] means something very different from [bootstrap] and [bootstrapping], from an installer's point of view. Sep 10, 2012 at 19:02
  • It is also used for twitter-bootstrap sometimes, those questions should be retagged.
    – prusswan
    Sep 10, 2012 at 20:16

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, and could be eventually merged, but I don't have any reason to believe they should. Bootstrap is normally used to mean "a self-sustaining process that proceeds without external help," while bootstrapping is normally used to mean the phase during which an Operating System (or a web application) initialize itself.

is really referring to something specific about the Composite Application Library. The bootstrapper is, "responsible for the initialization of an application built using the Composite Application Library."
If it is really too ambiguous, can be changed to use a prefix for the technology using it, such as in .

I found just 3 questions using without referring to .NET applications. I removed the tag from those questions; in this way, can be renamed, if it is really necessary.

  • [bootstrap] is too ambiguous to be merged with [bootstrapping]. Sep 10, 2012 at 18:31
  • That is the reason I said could, and not can. What I mean is they could eventually be merged, but I don't have any reason to believe they should be merged. My answer is more focused on bootstrapper.
    – apaderno
    Sep 10, 2012 at 18:41

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