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How to Code Faster (Without Sacrificing Quality) [closed]

I've been a professional coder for a several years. The comments about my code have generally been the same: writes great code, well-tested, but could be faster. So how do I become a faster coder, ...
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How do you organize your projects? [closed]

Do you have any particular style of organizing projects? For example, currently I'm creating a project for a couple of schools here in Bolivia, this is how I organized it: TutoMentor (Solution) ...
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Why should I care about micro performance and efficency?

Many questions and answers on the C/C++ pages, specifically or indirectly discuss micro performance issues (such is the overhead of an indirect vs direct vs inline function), or using an O(N2) vs ...
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How should I organize my source tree?

I am an individual developer working, largely, on web-projects (W/LAMP) and, at times, on C/C++ (non-GUI) projects of about average scale. I often struggle with structuring my source-code tree. In ...
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How do you organize highly customized software?

I'm working on a large software project which is highly customized for various customers arround the world. This means that we have maybe 80% code which is common between the various customers, but ...
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Is it good practice to keep the main function separate in its own file?

Is it good practice to have a main.c file that just has the main function in it and no other functions so that all other functions can be interfaced? If there is no definitive rule, when is it good ...
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How to structure multiple overlapping solutions / projects in .Net?

I recently started out working for a new client with an old legacy codebase in which there are multiple .net solutions, each typically hosts some projects unique to that solution but then "borrows" / ...
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3answers
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Clever PHP Application Organization Structures?

There are a million-and-one file-system structures that go into the myriad of Open Source projects available. Things like modules, language files, domains, third-party libraries, migrations, ...
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Using nested public classes to organize constants

I'm working on an application with many constants. At the last code review it came up that the constants are too scattered and should all be organized into a single "master" constants file. The ...
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Organizing code for iOS app development

I've been developing an app for the iOS platform, and as I've been going along, I've noticed that I've done a terrible job of keeping my files (.h, .m, .mm) organized. Is there any industry standards ...
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2answers
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GUI, BLL, DAL Organization In A Project

I'm reading about application layers, and want to use this design in my next project (c#, .Net). Some questions: Is the separation of layers done through namespaces? Project.BLL.Whatever, ...
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2answers
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Contributing to open source software (how to hack) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I am currently a student and started programming a few years ago. I am able to write complete working software in many languages. ...
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2answers
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In .NET (Visual Studio), when do you create a new assembly?

I'm working on a Silverlight application. I've split it up in several assemblies: Domain Repositories (everything with persisting to the Sterling database) UI ... This is how I've learned it, but ...
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How do you track common, but rarely used code?

General OO teaches us to encapsulate and best practices teach us organization. So we end up with re-useable self-documenting code that relieves us of any details regarding implementation. So, if I ...
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2answers
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Should classes, enums and other entities be placed in separate files?

My company's team lead\architect argues that a large-scale project is easier to understand if "entities connected by logic" are placed in one .cs file. I quote: "The whole structure of the logic ...
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Should large or old Codebases be expected to be easy to navigate?

I'm an Undergraduate Computer Science Student currently on a placement year at a company that produces and supports a large enterprise web application. I'm loving the experience of seeing how software ...
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Organizing Class Members in Regards to Access Modifier

If we look at typical implementation of a Class, we usually see the private members defined at the beginning and public( mostly functions and Accessors) defined towards the bottom. Now, is this a ...
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1answer
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How Do You Organize Your Methods in OO Progamming [duplicate]

Whenever I am programming in an object-oriented language, I am always faced with what order and how to group the methods for an object. Are there any standards for this, or any suggestions?
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1answer
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To Press Onward or Not?

In the past week I've been meeting and speaking with someone who's interested in finding help on developing a game (built using php and mysql, with a little bit of javascript). I agreed to help out, ...
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Where to put interface in .Net

I have VB.Net project, with a class with a couple of abstract (mustoverride) properties, that I am thinking about moving into an interface. My question, is structurally how do I do this? Currently ...
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2answers
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What are the standard directory layouts for source code?

I'm in the process of proposing a new standard directory layout that will be used across all the projects in our organization. Projects can have compiled source code, setup scripts, build scripts, ...
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1answer
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Best practice for organizing third-party integration code in ruby

I have a rails app. I'm writing code to integrate it with a third-party service, "Foo Bar". The integration affects many parts of the system -- models, controllers, and an API wrapper. Thus far I've ...
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4answers
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How to maintain same code fragments on multiple projects [closed]

I am an indie developer working on multiple Android projects. I am having problem with maintaining same functionality on different projects. For example, three of my apps use the same 2 classes; since ...
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4answers
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Who organizes your MATLAB code? [closed]

After reading http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2326609/how-to-organize-matlab-cod, I had a follow up question. If you work in a group of MATLAB programmers, who enforces the organization of the ...
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How do you name your personal libraries?

I'm pretty bad with naming things. The only name I can every generically come up with is 'helper'. Say, if I have a header file that contains helping functions for manipulating paths, I tend to put ...
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1answer
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How to organize a larger project with several sub-projects and their dependencies?

As a software developer until now, I've mostly worked on projects that were quite "monolithic" with hardly any dependencies on other projects, without building automation (no Make, Ant, Maven, etc.) ...
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2answers
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TDD workflow for (implementation specific) edge cases

When developing features with TDD, I create a test for each combination of feature and case. So, one test for creating user successfully, one for validation errors, and one for database errors. I ...
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2answers
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Organizing your Data Access Layer

I am using Entity Framework as my ORM in an ASP.Net application. I have my database already created so ended up generating the entity model from it. What is a good way to organize files/classes in the ...
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2answers
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Layout of mathematical views (iOS)

I am trying to figure out the right way to encapsulate graphical information about mathematical objects. It is not simple. For example, a matrix can include square brackets around its entries, or ...
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2answers
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In MVC where do you put action methods for views in the shared directory?

I have a website built using a MVC.NET framework with C# that uses some shared views and partial views. In order to display the views properly there is a bit of code that must reside in the ...
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0answers
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What to focus on when separating a monolithic codebase into separate (NuGet) packages?

I work on a fairly large web application. The main solution containing the web application project has over 100 projects. The average build time of that solution is 2 minutes on a 12 GB quad-core ...
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4answers
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Splitting code from form operations in C#

I have a large (at least for me - approximately 10k lines) project that is written in C#. I have a treeview object on the left of my form and i have many nodes on my treeview. When i click a node, i ...
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4answers
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Do more object declarations affect the program?

I am programming in Windows Forms and MySQL. If I declare this in the program, I can use the connection and command objects in the whole .cs page: MySqlConnection connection = null; MySqlCommand ...
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3answers
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When to use python function nesting?

I am writing a program that creates backup of directories. Which of the following approach is better for code organization? Create separate class for Backup and Zip logic - class BackupUtil: ...
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4answers
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What is the proper way to store an object with many attributes in Objective-C?

I have an object that I am downloading over HTTP, that has approximately 50 attributes. What is the proper way to store this information in Objective-C? Should I have an NSObject with a property for ...
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1answer
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Alternative methods for maintaining JavaScript source

I'm looking for other options for maintaining my personal JavaScript namespace. The problem I'm having boils down code Organization Vs. Performance. I would simply LOVE to be able to separate major ...
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3answers
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What is a good way to share internal helpers?

All my projects share the same base library that I have build up over quite some time. It contains utilities and static helper classes to assist them where .NET doesn't exactly offer what I want. ...
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2answers
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How do you organize an ASP.NET MVC 3 application with potentially hundreds of views but with only a few entry points?

Assumptions: Minimalist ASP.NET MVC 3 application for sending emails where the view represents the contents of an email. Over 500+ email types. I would NOT like to have 500+ actions in my controller ...
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3answers
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DAL vs BLL functions' return types

Here is how I see the main differences between the DAL and the BLL: The DAL directly query the database. The DAL doesn't create new information. It may execute complex sql requests, joining several ...
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1answer
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Organizing related projects and dependencies for nuget publishing

I've been working on writing .NET bindings for Rollbar, an error and message reporting service, like Airbrake. My library is working nicely and is published in the NuGet gallery. So now I want to ...
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1answer
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How should I organize the Presenters/Views for model view presenter?

We have several hundred ASPX files (could be more than that, into the thousands, I haven't actually counted) that currently use no architecture and have all the logic/data access in code-behind files. ...
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1answer
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What are standard directory layouts for storing database scripts in TFS?

I recently took over the maintenance of 10-15 SQL Server databases and to my surprise found out that the team does not store the code scripts anywhere. They currently deploy changes to each ...
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1answer
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Why do we write our specs in different files from our source?

The D Programming Language supports writing unit tests inline with source. There's a Ruby gem called test_inline that lets you write specs in the same file as your code. Why is it generally ...
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1answer
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Should I implement BackBone.js into my ASP.NET WebForms applications?

Background I'm trying to improve my group's current web app development pattern. Our current pattern is something we came up with while trying to rich web apps on top of ASP.NET WebForms (none of us ...
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1answer
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Organizing ASP.Net Single Page Application with Nancy

As a personal project, I'm creating a single page, asp.net web application using Nancy to provide RESTful services to the single page. Due to the complexity of the single page, particularly the ...
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1answer
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What's the best way to organize JavaFX 2.0 code?

In every example I have seen yet almost all of the GUI code is written in the start(Stage stage) method of the main class. Is this the best approach, or is it OK to subclass the Stage class and make ...
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2answers
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Should accessible members of an internal class be internal too?

I'm designing a set of APIs for some applications I'm working on. I want to keep the code style consistent in all the classes I write but I've found that there are a few inconsistencies that I'm ...
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0answers
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How to manage success dependency between unit tests [duplicate]

How do you manage the dependency of one unit test on another unit test succeeding? So, supposed I have a class and this class has say 5 methods. I create like 2 dozen unit tests (test methods) for ...
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Breaking up classes and methods into smaller units

During code reviews a couple devs have recommended I break up my methods into smaller methods. Their justification was (1) increased readability and (2) the back trace that comes back from production ...
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Web App for storing and organize programming information? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how do you remember programming related stuff? So, I've found myself, after several years of coding (I consider myself a coder, rather than a programmer) full of links ...