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What is a good strategy to develop apps that run in console and as API?

I develop quite often scripts that are primary used as a console application but later they are used in other scripts, webservices and other things where it is very convenient, to just import the ...
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Using someone else's code in your commercial products [closed]

Is it acceptable to use code made by other people that was deliberately made to be shared amongst Web developers? Things such as long libraries of code that contain hundreds of lines of code that you ...
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How do I manage a JavaScript library with TFS?

I know that I can share files between Visual Studio projects using linked files and assemblies using project references. Is there a good approach for JavaScripts? I'd rather not use linked files since ...
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Reusable and customizable charting library on top of d3js

I have started building a charting library on top of d3js using javascript's inheritance. My goal is to develop reusable and fully customizable chart components. I read the article: Towards Reusable ...
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How can I re-use object from another project?

I have a first project has a feature to viewing, inserting and updating an employee record, with this possibly I will create a java class for the UI and another for the database connection with ...
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How to avoid programmers duplicating code [duplicate]

While I know in a perfect world where a greenfield application was scoped out from day one with great BRD's and a competent development lead constantly reviewed code by their underlings to avoid this, ...
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subclass QAbstractTableModel - reuse as much code as possible

in my PyQt application I am heavily using the model/view approach. For every model I create, I do the following: class myModel(QtCore.QAbstractTableModel): def __init__(self, parent = None): ...
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What's a DRY alternative to c++ header files? [duplicate]

In c++, is there any other way, besides header files, to use a function defined in file A.cpp, inside file B.cpp that would be considered good programming practice?
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How to reuse c++ code? [closed]

How do I call functions defined outside a source file given you shouldn't use header files? -- EDIT: generic(?) question below So, first, a problem should be broken down into simpler subproblems. ...
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How to reuse spaghetti code

We're working on a new firmware for our new V2 device. The company has an older V1 firmware (and hardware). Hardwares are similar to each other (but there are some differences) so basically we could ...
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DRY on API specifcations?

When developing a new RESTful application, I generally: Define tests Define routes [ e.g.: RESTful CRUD; namespaced on /api/users ] Define models [ e.g.: "Users" ] Define forms [ e.g.: in ...
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Is it better to use already build plugins/extensions or code your own in programming projects [duplicate]

I am building a web app in PHP and Symfony. Basically if we search there are plugins / extensions / bundles for almost 60% of stuff. The advantage of using them is that you can easily get your ...
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Classes and library archive [duplicate]

We are a group of 5 developers(scientists end engineers) that write code in C++. What we would like to do is to make all the code available to all the developers easily. The first step in this process ...
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Is there a software engineering principle that relates reuse and regression test cost on a production system?

I've worked on a large financial transaction system for a bank that looked after Pensions and Investments. After 15 years of feature changes, the manual regression test cost had climbed to $200K per ...
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Are projects using frameworks not as good as projects using pure programming? [duplicate]

I've been a Rails developer for a year now (originally self taught), and am at the point where I want to improve. I've been reading books on how to improve the quality of my Ruby code (I read Design ...
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Further decoupling using static libraries

I've been thinking for a while about reasons that prevent a lot of programmers — myself first of all — from writing clean, modular and expressive code while developing, for example, CocoaTouch apps. ...
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Code repetition vs multi responsible method

I try to follow the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) and also to omit Code Repetitions. However there are often places where there are code repetitions that are nothing more than code blocks of ...
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What are the disadvantages of self-encapsulation?

Background Tony Hoare's billion dollar mistake was the invention of null. Subsequently, a lot of code has become riddled with null pointer exceptions (segfaults) when software developers try to use ...
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Good fix vs Quick fix [duplicate]

Let's start from this principle: quality is a feature that you can't add to a project in the middle of the development process. This is the scenario: two weeks to go live with my project and, one of ...
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Where in computer science education does “reuse and integration” find comprehensive coverage?

This intro is only my naive attempt at a mile-high snapshot helping me to position my question. Any user trying to answer my question, that tries to nail down one aspect of programming, will have to ...
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Where should I place my interface?

I have an interface to communicate with a DB (actually it is not a database, but this is to give a concrete example): interface DbInterface{ Result sendQuery(Query q); } And I am trying to ...
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Not copyrighting code and then reusing functions later

I'm coding something for my job to copy directories and then use regex to make all the filenames uniform. I'm an undergrad student programmer for my university and I'm not sure what a professional ...
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Is there a term for reusing code by retyping it?

I built a prototype ("one to throw away") a while ago, and I'm rebuilding it now as an alpha. My goodness, it's been worth it. I reused some of the prototype code by copy-pasting then modifying it, ...
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common infrastructure for web apps using asp.net mvc

How to build a common infrastructure for my web apps using asp.net mvc, and efficiently manage it? The goal is to increase developer productivity. The common infrastructure stuff includes visual ...
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Reusing open-source code that doesn’t specify a license

I am creating a module for a CMS. I found a PHP code in github that does some work for me. The author has not clearly stated the license for the code. Since it is in github and is publicly available, ...
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Better design for a generic doubly linked list around which I plan to make different wrappers?

I am currently writing a C code for a doubly linked list(dll) around which I want to write wrapers for implementing stack, queues etc. instead of writing separate codes for all of them. I'll be ...
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Managing Multiple Projects that Share Code + Customization [closed]

I recently became lead developer of a project at my first non-internship programming position. I've been there for 8 months since I've graduated in December. The project is a web service we offer that ...
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Should the search engine return a dictionary or strongly typed objects?

I'm building a search engine using Lucene.NET / Solr.NET, and I'm wondering should search hits be returned as a dictionary or strongly typed object. public class SearchResult { public string ...
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Does software reuse preclude process repeatability

The Problem - Code Reuse I was thinking about this question on software delivery, and I kept coming back to the issue of repeatability and / or reproducibility. They matter, because if you don’t ...
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managing information/functionality on shared common project classes [duplicate]

In my company, we have a common solution the contains common projects (2 projects so far, one for .net 3.5 and one for .net 4.5). My main problem is that during time, a lot of code is added, for ...
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Refactor working code for reuse or duplicate?

I have always avoided duplicating code regardless of the circumstance. For example, if I have a working piece of functionality that needs to be re-used by different entities, I always refactor to ...
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Code Reuse and Abstraction in FP vs OOP [closed]

I've been told that code reuse and abstraction in OOP is far more difficult to do than it is in FP, and that all the claims that have been made about Object Orientedness (for lack of a better term) ...
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Sharing business logic between server-side and client-side of web application?

Quick question concerning shared code/logic in back and front ends of a web application. I have a web application (Rails + heavy JS) that parses metadata from HTML pages fetched via a user supplied ...
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What features should a programming language have to say it has good reusability? [closed]

What should a programming language have so that it can be said to promote good reusability? Only generics and functions come to my mind when I hear the word reusability. What else make a programming ...
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What did Rich Hickey mean when he said, “All that specificity [of interfaces/classes/types] kills your reuse!”

In Rich Hickey's thought-provoking goto conference keynote "The Value of Values" at 29 minutes he's talking about the overhead of a language like Java and makes a statement like, "All those interfaces ...
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How to avoid code duplication across unrelated projects [duplicate]

I'm a contractor at a large Telco where I'm usually working on several different projects at once. The VCSs I use (mainly git and mercurial) tend to make me keep the code bases for unrelated ...
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Refactoring methods with the same behavior [closed]

Imagine you have 2 methods : GetConsolidation([...]); GetReportOfConsolidation([...]); These 2 methods use the same "behavior" (some local variables assigned with data) like : var data = ...
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How to save useful code snippets? [duplicate]

I do a lot of web development and there are many code snippets that come up again and again so I dive back into the most recent project where I used it which isn't that efficient. How do you store ...
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How do you keep track of what classes and functions your team has written?

When working on code, I face many of the same challenges that my teammates do, and I have written some helpful functions and classes, and so have they. If there is good communication, I'll hear about ...
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How can we avoid having to build yet another CRM system from scratch

We are building an accounting web application. In our database, we store basic data about our customers, like phone number, their login informations, because these things are tied into our web ...
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Format text in a generic and reusable way

I would like to write some long text in some structure to allow a set of operations on that text. The question is which structure or format should I use, which suits best the use that I plan to do of ...
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Best practices for sharing tiny snippets of code across projects

I always try to follow the DRY principle strictly at work; every time I've repeated code out of laziness it bites back later when I need to maintain that code in two places. But often I write small ...
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Is it bad to reuse other programmer's code libraries that can perform generic tasks? [duplicate]

Reusing large amount of helpful codes made by other programmers is very tempting for me. I specifically refer to codes that can perform generic tasks, such as Data Access Layer (DAL) codes. I am ...
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Architecture suggestions on a multi-project multi-database 'intranet'

Here is the situation I have inherited: We have approximately 10 websites (Asp.net web forms) that each have their own database. Each of these databases houses some site specific data, and each has ...
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What is 'code skew'?

In the O'Reilly book on Scala, I read that copy-pasting of code creates: ... creates issues of code-bloat, maintainability and skew, I can't see any obvious definitions of the word skew in ...
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Custom templating in a web application

I want to understand the pros and cons in generating dynamic web application controls. The idea is to generate all the controls dynamically based on the database procedure output and populate the ...
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Handling table name collisions in Django

Django creates a table name by joining the app label with the model name. A project can have many apps. If two have the same label, how can both be used in the same database? I'm currently using very ...
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I released open source code that is useable to other programmers. How do I let them know about it? [duplicate]

I have a tiny project (<1k but let's say its <5k of lines). I made it open source and put it on github. I did this once before and I didn't get a single download nor fork but that was very ...
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Is code duplication a necessary evil in C?

I'm rather new to C, and I'm wondering if code duplication is a necessary evil when it comes to writing common data structures and C in general? I could try to write a generic implementation for a ...
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How to share common methods if objects have different roles?

If 2 classes have the following in common: part of how their state is represented (both have a linear container) multiple identical methods (identical code, not just signature) But are not ...