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Twitter Bootstap: Backwards compatibility? [closed]

I work for a university Digital Services team. Our university's main website uses the Ektron CMS (I have my own thoughts about this, but that's irrelevant). Because we maintain a university website, ...
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Requirement that code changes within release be reverse compatible with DB schema

I have recently come across a requirement related to our release/SDLC process that seems a little out of the ordinary to me so I am writing this to inquire whether this practice is common and, if not, ...
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Is it safe to just use MySQLi?

I have developed an open source PHP application and currently it uses both the MySQLi or MySQL extension for backwards compatibility. I'm wondering about switching it over to only be compatible with ...
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Keep a programming language backwards compatible vs. fixing its flaws

First, some context (stuff that most of you know anyway): Every popular programming language has a clear evolution, most of the time marked by its version: you have Java 5, 6, 7 etc., PHP 5.1, 5.2, ...
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Arguments for and against backwards compatibility for new iOS projects [closed]

At the time of writing, iOS 6 has been available for about 3 months. In the proposal-phase of a new iOS project, the client asks for backwards compatibility of the app involved, all the way back to ...
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How to decide how backward-compatible my new Mac OS X application should be?

I'm currently contemplating writing an OS X version of my Windows software. My Windows application still supports Windows XP, and I know that if I drop support for it now, our customers will cry ...
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Use of versioned objects/data to handle program version compatibility?

Is there a common name for the practice of keeping a version number on your data, so that different versions of your program can identify, for example, "current", "legacy", and "too-old-to-deal-with" ...
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What's the term for re-implementing an old API in terms of a newer API

The reason for doing it is to solve the case when a newer API is no longer backwards compatible with an older API. To explain, just say that there is an old API v1.0. The maker of this API decides it ...
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What is .NET framework backward compatibility?

We develop a windows application in .NET 4 with a database of MySQL. When we are about to deploy that application, we install the .NET 4 framework in our client, then when installing the .NET ...
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Compatibility Test and other testing method to use while building software

I will be adding a feature to the software and have to update or modify some of public API of the present open source software. What are steps which could be taken to ensure the compatibility of the ...
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Strategy for backwards compatibility of persistent storage

In my experience, trying to ensure that new versions of an application retain compatibility with data storage from previous versions can often be a painful process. What I currently do is to save a ...
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How quickly is the silent IE upgrade likely to propagate to end users? What about managed corporate IT infrastructures?

According to this article from the BBC and this post on Microsoft's Exploring IE Blog, Microsoft has planned to automatically upgrade Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7's IE to the latest ...
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When to update jQuery?

When you recommend updating jQuery/jQuery UI? Or in other words: what are the best practices for updating jQuery/jQuery UI? I’m working on a long project that will take at least one more year. In ...
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Is C++0x Compatible with C?

I have heard that there will be a lot of changes done in C++ because of the new standard (C++0x). My question is: What are the major changes, and will C++0x be compatible with C++ 98 and C ?
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Will any js libraries be updating api's with html5 under the hood?

So there is a lot of cool stuff in the html5/css3 specs which should be able to replace a lot of the stuff that have been traditionally done with javascript. Does anyone know if any of the major js ...
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Version Changes: How considerable are the compatibility issues in project?

For example if we consider ActionScript2.0(based on Objects but programming does not implement much OOP ) vs 3.0(highly OOP) its like a whole new scripting language in the sense of approach, ...
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C# or .Net features to cut off assuming no backward compatibility needed? [closed]

Any product or framework evolves. Mainly it's done to catch up the needs of it's users, leverage new computing powers and simply make it better. Sometimes the primary design goal also changes with the ...