First of all, this is really two questions: a specific question and the meta question: where do I ask questions that are of the same type as the specific question?

I am only expecting an answer to the meta question from this site, unless this site is the answer to the meta question.

Meta question

Where do you ask questions about the usage of different programming words? For example, "static" means many things in many different contexts - I know what static means now but where would I have asked a clarification question about it when I was first learning? Also, where's a Stack Exchange site that you can ask what certain abbreviations mean? E.g. "xjc" is a command line tool that I know what it does but I still don't know what the exact letters stand for.

Summary: where can you ask questions about programming terminology? A specific example is below.

Specific question

What's the difference between the use of the word binding in the following two contexts?

The latest LWJGL snapshot (3.1.1 build 5) includes bindings to Assimp, a library to import and export various well-known 3D model formats in a uniform manner.


The Java DOM and SAX parsing APIs are lower-level APIs to parse XML documents, while JAXB (Java API for XML Binding) is a higher-level API for converting XML elements and attributes to a Java object hierarchy (and vice versa).


It's acceptable on Stack Overflow, if it's not written so it's opinion based:

What topics can I ask about here?

We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers…

  • a specific programming problem, or
  • a software algorithm, or
  • software tools commonly used by programmers; and is
  • a practical, answerable problem that is unique to software development

Stack Overflow has a tag for binding, and over 109K questions and answers on the subject, but it is preferred to use one of the more than 30 other more specific tags that contain "binding" in their name.

Searching for both the tags [binding] and [terminology] results in 10 hits.

It's off topic on English.SE:

But please, don’t ask any questions about the following topics. They are out of scope for this site.

  • Naming, including naming programming variables/classes
  • I'm a little confused by the last bit. This isn't about "naming" at all, is it?
    – senderle
    May 24 '19 at 2:02

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