(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]

Last updated: 2001-02-08