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  • August 25, 2004
  • By Bradley L. Jones
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LDAP = Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
LSA = Local Security Authority
MAPI = Messaging API = Messaging Application Programming Interface
MASM = Microsoft Assembler
MCI = Media Control Interface
MDAC = Micrsofot Data Access Components
MFC = Microsoft Foundation Classes
MIS = Mobile Information Server
MMC = Microsoft Management Console
MMS = Microsoft Media Server
MOD = Microsoft Office Developer
MSAA = Microsoft Active Accessibility (also Microsoft Academic Alliance)
MSDE = Microsoft Database Engine
MSI = Microsoft Installer
MSDN = Microsoft Developer Network
MSMQ = Microsoft Message Queuing Server
MSVM = Microsoft Visual Modeler
MTS = Microsoft Transaction Server
NGWS = Next Generation Web Service
NLB = Network Load Balancing
NT = New Technology
OFC = Open Financial Connectivity
OSD = Open Software Description
OWA = Outlook Web Access
PDB = Program Database (I file extension)
PSDK = Platform SDK = Platform System Development Kit
SAPI = Speech API = Speech System Development Kit
SBSCS = Side-by-Side Component Sharing
SDO = Server Data Object
SMO = SOAP Messaging Object = Simple Object Access Protocol Messaging Object
SMS = System Management Server
SNMP = Simple Net Management Protocol
SPPLAT = Microsoft .NET Speech Platform
SSDK = Speech SDK = Speech System Development Kit
SSPI = Security Support Provider
StAX = Simple API for XML = Simple Application Program Interface for eXtended Markup Language
STL = Standard Template Library
TSQL = Transact-SQL = Transact System Query Language
VB = Visual Basic
VBA = Visual Basic for Applications
VBS = Visual Basic Script
VCM = Visual Component Manager
VFP = Visual FoxPro
VI = Visual InterDev
VS = Visual Studio
VSA = Visual Studio for Applications
VSIP = Visual Studio Industry Partner
VSM = Visual Studio Macros
VSTO = Visual Studio Tools for Office
MSVM = Microsoft Visual Modeler
W3C = World Wide Web Consortium
WAP = Wireless Access Protocol
WAS = Web Application Stress Tool
WCSDK = Windows Client SDK = Windows Client System Development Kit
WFP = Windows File Protection
WIA = Windows Image Acquisition
WML = Wireless Markup Language
WQL = Windows Management Instrumentation Query Language
WSH = Windows Scripting Host
WSS = Web Storage System
WTE = Web Telephony Engine
XML = eXtended Markup Language
ZAW = Zero Administration Windows

About the Author

Bradley L. Jones is a Microsoft VC++ MVP that works for Jupitermedia as an EE over many of the software development sites and channels. His experience includes development in C, C++, VB, some Java, C#, ASP, COBOL, and more as well as having been a developer, consultant, analyst, lead, author, and much more. His recent books include Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days. He is also president and a BOD member of the IndyNDA.

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