Computer Programming Software Terms, Glossary and Dictionary
STL: Standard Template Library
The Standard Template Library (STL) is a C++ library of container classes, algorithms, and iterators; it provides many of the basic algorithms and data structures of computer science. The STL is a generic library, meaning that its components are heavily parameterized: almost every component in the STL is a template. STL was developed by Alexander Stepanov and Meng Lee at Hewlett-Packard. It is based on their research in the field of generic programming.