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sandbox

(UK: "sandpit")

1. <operating system> A protected, limited environment where applications (e.g. Java programs downloaded from the Internet) are allowed to "play" without risking damage to the rest of the system.

2. <jargon> A term for the R&D department at many software and computer companies (where hackers in commercial environments are likely to be found). The term is half-derisive, but reflects the truth that research is a form of creative play.

Compare playpen.

3. <operating system> link farm.

[Jargon File]

(2001-02-08)


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