Prepend vs. Append

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  • Append

    In general, to append is to join or add on to the end of something. For example, an appendix is a section appended (added to the end) of a document.

    In computer programming, append is the name of a procedure for concatenating (linked) lists or arrays in some high-level programming languages.

  • Prepend (noun)

    Prepention – the act of prepending

  • Prepend (verb)

    To attach (an expression, phrase, etc.) to another, as a prefix.

  • Prepend (verb)

    To premeditate; to weigh up mentally.

  • Append (verb)

    To hang or attach to, as by a string, so that the thing is suspended

    “a seal appended to a record”

    “An inscription was appended to the column.”

  • Append (verb)

    To add, as an accessory to the principal thing; to annex

    “notes appended to a book chapter”

  • Append (verb)

    To write more data to the end of a pre-existing file, string, or other non-constant data type.

  • Append (noun)

    An instance of writing more data to the end of an existing file.

  • Prepend (verb)

    add (something) to the beginning of something else

    “you forgot to prepend ‘I personally believe’ to the statements you are making”

  • Prepend (verb)

    attach (a piece of data) to the beginning of another

    “in this case, you must prepend the server name to the database name, separated by a period”

  • Append (verb)

    add (something) to the end of a written document

    “the results of the survey are appended to this chapter”

Oxford Dictionary

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