Questions surrounding communications between programmers and the others involved in software development. This can include stakeholders, management, end users, designers, testers, and other developers.

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OO Design when using communication

I have 2 applications one is written in C++ and one is written in Java. the applications communicate by passing byte arrays which represent a serialized object. each communication object represent a ...
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Developing an big system in a a small company [duplicate]

I'm doing this one anonymously. Our company manufactures some kind of machines and also has a software department, which I'm part of. Our philosophy is mostly to have in-house software and ...
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Communicating with Vendors

We are a small software team (as far as programmers go) and have a team of vendors on the other side of the world that program for us. We own the product, and simply dictate to them some of the tasks ...
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Giving team members more decision-making power led to very long arguments, blocking progress since there is no one with the final say [closed]

Currently we use Scrum with the exception that our Scrum Masters sometimes act as project managers rather than facilitators of the Scrum process. About half of the time team members pull tasks on ...
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Does anyone have experience with a difficult customer? [duplicate]

We have a reoccurring conflict with one of our larger and strategically important customers. The company (let's call them "C" for now) sells and distributes technical articles, everything from ...
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Alternative to SIP, voice communication in Android [closed]

Is it exists any alternative to SIP protocol? I want implement voice & video chat option in my application. I don't want use SIP, because I need only simple communication without call for ...
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How to convince/prove my manager that a rewriting is needed rather than a refactoring [duplicate]

My manager wants me to refactor a gigantic amount of terribly-coupled, macroed, full of private namespace methods, hierarchy-perverted (even 10+ levels of inheritance) code which hasn't been (indeed) ...
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What is the most effective grammar to use for issue titles? [closed]

When choosing a title for a new issue, there are several grammatical options to choose from. Here are four different options for an example issue I just made up: Descriptive: "Newlines are not ...
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Another way of expressing 'Dirty' coding

I'm writing a brief for a new starter at the company. I've pointed out the aims of what I want to achieve and now I'm writing some suggested (but not concrete) solutions. For each of the aims, I'd ...
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Emulating communication between Android and microcontroller using threads or services or… other?

I am not sure what is the best way for the tasks below: threads, AsyncTasks, Loopers, services? Why? Are there other candidates? I need threads/Tasks/Services/other for: Plotting data, (refreshing ...
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Dealing with 'dirty' Ruby on Rails client

I had to leave a startup about a month ago because of lack of funding. Basically, this client wanted an application to allow contractors to create, update, read, and delete yardsigns. Straight forward ...
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How is a committer expected to behave? [closed]

In open source projects there is typically a set of devs that have permissions to commit code - the committers -, and others that "pull request" or send patches, the "general public". I find a ...
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How to get requirements from Non-technical client? [closed]

I’ve working as a software engineer for last 4 years. Throughout my small experience I worked for IT organizations, where we had separate role of project manager, analyst, quality engineer and ...
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What project meeting structure should a single developer choose?

I am a solo developer working on a decently small project with about 3 other people (non-developers). These other people are involved in the project in non-development ways and one is also my manager. ...
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Efficiently “moving” data upward through a communication stack

I have implemented an application protocol stack that moves an incoming stream of data upward through several layers, as follows: copies a TCP segment from an OS buffer to my_buffer. after ...
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Communication between programmers and system engineers. Tool for planning builds and maintenance jobs

We have Development department and the department of System Engineers that works on a big project (development of J2EE application). We are using Build management system, Bug tracking system and a ...
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Does data size in TCP/UDP make a difference on transmission time

While discussing the development of a network component for our game engine, a member of our team suggested that transmitting either 500 bytes or 1k of data using UDP makes no difference from ...
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Do teams get more productive by adding more developers? [duplicate]

Suppose you've got a project that is running late. Is there any proof or argument that teams become much more productive by adding more people? I am looking for answers that can be supported by facts ...
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How do I Integrate a Former Team Member into the Current Team

Is it possible to re-integrate a former team member into a software project? We have a product with a looming customer deadline and we don't have enough hours to get it done! We have a former ...
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Which one is the fastest Message Broker in case of a single machine? [closed]

I would like to know, which Message Broker I should choose in case of communication among apps within a single PC, considering speed. Among Apache ActiveMQ , MSMQ , RabbitMQ , OpenAMQ which one is ...
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How do I take responsibility for my code when colleague makes unnecessary improvements without notice?

One of my teammates is a jack of all trades in our IT shop and I respect his insight. However, sometimes he reviews my code (he's second in command to our team leader, so that's expected) without a ...
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What to do when a client asks for something unreasonable (from my point of view)

I'm a freelance programmer and recently I finished a website, it all works fine but there was one user that complained to my client that he couldn't log in. This problem was clearly a ...
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Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?

Bug tracker for any decent sized project seem like a bit of a no-brainer to me - it makes it really easy to organise hundreds or thousands issues, without issues colliding or getting mixed up. So ...
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Theory about software communications mixing up with other software causing an Apocalypse?

I can remember a very Very long time ago (pre Y2K) , reading an article by some "expert" that theorized that software communicating over the internet, especially video games could get mixed up with ...
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How do I document a communication protocol on top of message queues and channels?

I'm working on a large project at the moment and I'm trying to document the communication protocol that sits on top of a message queue middleware. The documentation is intended for another ...
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How can I become better on explaining the code to other developers? [closed]

While the question itself might sounds silly, the answer is quite important to me, as I feel that issue is negatively affecting my work performance. A bit of the background here: I am a seasoned ...
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How to communicate inefficiency before it's implemented?

This is a problem I come across pretty often. Basically we are using an application to make art content. Often times this requires writing custom tools for it. Sometimes you run into parts of the ...
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How to learn to explain and differentiate types of design pattern concepts [closed]

What I have done Identified important patterns to learn Read the books Implemented the patterns using favorite programming language Identified pros/cons Practiced some design patterns in ...
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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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Do you use Instant Messaging to communicate during your day with your fellow devs? [closed]

Hello Fellow Programmers: I run a small business and we typically communicate over IM during the say. We sign on to IM when we arrive and stay on all day. It seems to be quite distracting, in my ...
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Creating a remote management interface

I'm looking for info on creating a remote management interface for our software. This is not anything illicit. Our software is for live TV production and once they go on-air we can't access the PC ...
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Necessary Infrastructure for large project with many components communicating through IPCs

I have a fairly in depth question which probably doesn't have an exact answer. As a software engineer, I am usually tasked with working on a program or project with minimal understanding of how other ...
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Assignment of roles in communication when sides could try to cheat

Assume two nodes in a peer-to-peer network initiating a communication. In this communication, one node has to serve as a "sender", another as a "receiver" (role names are arbitrary here). I'd like ...
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How do you coordinate with co-workers to give a balanced interview?

My company has been conducting a lot of interviews lately for candidates with various experience levels, ranging from interns to senior candidates. We put our candidates through five 45 minute ...
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How to visualize the design of a program in order to communicate it to others

I am (re-)designing some packages for R, and I am currently working out the necessary functions, objects, both internal and for the interface with the user. I have documented the individual functions ...
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Responding to end users about bugs they found

I have an issue tracking system, but sometimes users report bugs directly to me in an email. If I'm responding to a bug report in an email, what's a good etiquette to use? Do I thank them for ...
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How to explain why design choices are good?

As I've become a better developer, I find that much of my design skill comes more from intuition than mechanical analysis. This is great. It lets me read code and get a feel for it quicker. It lets me ...
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Java Communications API

I'm getting close to RS232 serial communications with Java. I saw that RS232 is included into Communications API, and the only reference I have is Oracle Java Communications API Class Reference here. ...
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QA - Developer communication [duplicate]

I am a developer and have worked at this company 4~5 years by now. We have been practicing scrum for about 2 years. I think, I have been worked well with QAs. I believe QAs/developers/technical ...
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How can I give a basic idea of what I'm working on to a non programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to explain programming to a non-programmer? As a relatively new programmer (1 year professionally, many years as an amateur) I've run into many situations that sent ...
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What kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams might I want to include in my Project Architecture Document?

Besides logical and physical architecture diagrams, comps / mockups and tables for expected network load between components and various data schemas, what kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams ...
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How to introduce code to a colleague

How do you go about introducing the codebase, which may be rather complex and tangled with a lot of "gotchas," to a new member of your team? I think the easiest way would be to have the overall ...
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Why is it preferred to write a commit message in present tense/imperative mood?

I often read/overhear that good commit messages should be written in present tense or to use imperative mood when describing the change eg. Fix xyz instead of Fixed xyz. What are the advantages of ...
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Issues Tracker for both developers and end users

currently, we have a closed source project on hand. However, we would like to have a communication channel together with our end users. We would like to have our end users to know, what features we ...
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How do you disarm a cowboy coder? [closed]

I found a question (code cowboy on the team), but it was more related to "Ninja Coder" then the problem that I have. I have a team member who is a pure living example of "Cowboy Coder". I do ...
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Sharing ideas without risk of leaking [closed]

As freelancers, we meet somewhere and chat about a new idea for a project, brainstorm etc. Up to this point, we have taken notes of the ideas, but we would like to be able to share more efficiently ...
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Should I swap from WCF to NserviceBus

We have a central server that sends and recieves messages from a number of PCs that are located on client networks in various locations. To facilitate this, currently I'm using WCF with ...
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Should I tell a departed coworker about their “sev 1” defect? [closed]

I had a co-worker leave our company recently. Before leaving, he coded a component that had a severe memory leak that caused a production outage (OutOfMemoryError in Java). The problem was ...
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How to talk about anonymous methods/lambdas

I realised the other day that I don't know how to talk about anonymous methods. It's easy enough to talk about named methods (The X method takes a Y1, Y2 and Y3) and classes (The X class has A, B and ...
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How to log configuration or code behaviour changes in non-disruptive way

We've probably all been in the situation where you'd like to alert your team members to some change ("I changed X, so now it's running every hour instead of every day"). But the change is non-urgent, ...