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à la carte

Available to be purchased individually instead of bundled with other items. Most often describes items on a menu that are not part of a main dish. I wasn't very hungry, so I opted to buy a few side items à la carte instead of a full meal.
See also: carte, la
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Rails works with most databases, but MySQL is the norm and is the database OSU uses for its instance of a la Carte. MySQL is widely used because of its dependability and ease of use.
OSU libraries have used Fast CGI and Mongrel and are in the process of testing Phusion with their instance of Library a la Carte.
To provide some of Library a la Carte's Web 2.0 features, we make use of third-party open source APIs.
Library a la Carte was released to the library community as open source software to provide a free solution to problems libraries share and to leverage contributions from free improvements the open source community can provide to the software.
The open source release of Library a la Carte was officially announced at a presentation at the winter Coalition for Networked Information Task Force Meeting in December 2007.
Andersen argued that a la carte channel subscriptions would be more costly in the long run because of the technology and bureaucracy required.
Both programmers and advertisers would have major objections to an a la carte system, with the result that it would actually drive up consumer costs if put in place, according to Andersen.
She said narrowing the potential audience with a la carte selection can only drive costs up, which would be passed along in subscription fees.
David Honig, executive director of Washington, D.C.'s Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, argues that "a la carte" would diminish our intellectual and cultural life delivered via cable.
Honig argues that under a la carte, new channels featuring gospel music, international culture or African-American movies would never get off the ground.
If a la carte were to become the new model, the reign of destruction that cable networks are nervously predicting is not inevitable, says Shari Ann Brill, VP and director of programming for Carat USA, the media buyer.
Which implies that ESPN can easily write off the homes that don't buy it under a la carte because they never looked at the network anyway.
Wall Street threw itself into the discussion last week but mostly ended up discounting the possibility that Congress would pass a law mandating a la carte. Kathy Styponias, media analyst for Prudential Equity, said in a report the FCC might back off its move to a la carte if cable took the step of "voluntarily agreeing to the same decency standards as now apply to broadcasting."
But even if the cable ops and networks refused to compromise, Styponias says any legislation imposing a la carte would be "constitutionally suspect" and get thrown out by the courts.
Beyond the legal problems, Jessica Reif Cohen, media analyst for Merrill Lynch, says "the lobbying power" of the media congloms would go a long way toward keeping congressmen from muttering the phrase a la carte, even in their sleep.