Data Dictionary

A computer programming term.

A 'data dictionary' describes the structure of data 'items' to be used within a software application.

Software development teams need this because everyone must use the same data formats when reading or writing data.

For example a 'data dictionary' for a team making an action game might have an entry like this:

Monster, text
Hit Point, Number
Lifetime, Number
Alive, Boolean

The data dictionary item above is describing the format of a piece of data called 'monster'.

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