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Where should I put functions that are not related to a class?

I am working on a C++ project where I have a bunch of math functions that I initially wrote to use as part of a class. As I've been writing more code, though, I've realized I need these math functions ...
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How to name a private method in a language which doesn't support privacy?

What's the coding standard for naming a private method in a language which does not have the private modifier? Specifically, I am talking about Javascript. Below I've placed an underscore at the end ...
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Would be semantically correct to make a “Login” constructor in an api class?

Since the methods of the class will only work if the user is logged in, is it right or is there some problem that might make my code slow/inneficient?
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Is this the correct approach to an OOP design structure in php?

I'm converting a procedural based site to an OOP design to allow more easily manageable code in the future and so far have created the following structure: /classes /templates index.php With these ...
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Python: What is the point of using “import”?

I am not very clear on this aspect. Let's say you have a bunch of .py files that are their own separate modules. Why does each .py file need to import the others when they use that class? Or do they? ...
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Is this a correct way to use nested classes to keep track of data?

I have some instruments. Each instrument should have a name (string) and description (string). Each instrument can have some setups, which these setups are each a series of commands(string[] or ...
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Is there a standard, formal name for an object or class that behaves as if it is a given object?

I have an app in Django that expects to get a record with the fields email, first_name, and last_name. However, sometimes I want to be able to send it something that isn't actually a record but ...
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C++ XML Parsing: Suggestions on Approach for Parsing and Storing data

I am looking into developing a C++ application to parse xml (using the rapidxml framework), and I would like some advice on how to approach this. The file I want to parse is a XML game file that ...
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Learning in the Classroom

I am currently taking an Assembly programming class, and I honestly find it extremely boring and tedious. While I've programmed some assembly before as part of a C++ program, I find what we are doing ...
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Why and when should I make a class 'static'? What is the purpose of 'static' keyword on classes?

The static keyword on a member in many languages mean that you shouldn't create an instance of that class to be able to have access to that member. However, I don't see any justification to make an ...
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Is it called class or object instance?

I have a wording / precision question. Sometimes I write "object instance" sometimes "class instance". Isn't it that an object is always an instance of a class? Therefore "object instance" is not the ...
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Want to know performance issues of Class types & access modifiers

Someone suggested me to mark classes as SEALED that are not being inherited anywhere. I was using default style and was not concerned with the type of class. At present I don't have a benchmark tool ...
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Name for this pattern?

I'm writing a class that will handle thread synchronisation. It would have a begin method which would increment a counter and an end method that would de-increment a counter. It'll have another ...
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When do you use a struct instead of a class?

What are your rules of thumb for when to use structs vs. classes? I'm thinking of the C# definition of those terms but if your language has similar concepts I'd like to hear your opinion as well. I ...
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Smart Pointers inside class vs Normal Pointers with Destructor

Regarding pointers which are members of classes. Should they be of a smart pointer type or is it enough to simply deal with them in the destructor of the class they are contained in?
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Should I use a Class or Dictionary to Store Form Values

I am working on a C# .NET Application, where I have a Form with lots of controls. I need to perform computations depending on the values of the controls. Therefore, I need to pass the Form values to a ...
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Nested Classes: A useful tool or an encapsulation violation?

So I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should be using these or not. I feel its an extreme violation of encapsulation, however I find that I am able to achieve some degree of encapsulation ...