use case

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use + case


use case (plural use cases)

  1. (software engineering) A potential scenario in which a system receives an external request (such as user input) and responds to it.
  2. (software engineering) A usage scenario for a piece of software; often used in the plural to suggest situations where a piece of software may be useful.
    • 2019 December 15, Daisuke Wakabayashi, “Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      So Amazon unveiled more software services to make A.W.S. indispensable. In a speech at the event, Andy Jassy, the head of A.W.S., said it wanted to “enable every imaginable use case.”
    • 2020 November 24, Yiren Lu, “Can Shopify Compete With Amazon Without Becoming Amazon?”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      Shopify fulfills what’s known in the software development community as the “80 percent use case,” which means it provides 80 percent of the features that merchants need and third-party developers supply the rest []
  3. (engineering generally) A usage scenario for a product, such as a piece of equipment or a tool.