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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Is there a symbol or character sequence for “as a function of”? [on hold]

I'm looking for a shorter way to write "as a function of", for commit messages and branch names. What's a good alternative? An example is trying to make a phrase like this shorter: "make option X be ...
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Wifi Communication between two device without intermediary device [closed]

I want to develop an app that will be deployed in two android devices for making them communicate through wifi. And here is the case: Two devices are turning on their Wifi They're not connected to ...
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CANopen and CAN Driver

CAN Driver means application program that interacts with CAN hardware and helps in initializing setup and communication. CANopen Stack provides various APIs to deal with CAN communication. Now this ...
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How can my team avoid frequent errors after refactoring?

To give you a little background: I work for a company with roughly twelve Ruby on Rails developers (+/- interns). Remote work is common. Our product is made out of two parts: a rather fat core, and ...
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Why do programmers still use mailing lists? [duplicate]

Why do many open source projects collaborate primarily through mailing lists rather than through, say, forums? I may be ignorant in my assessment, but I, along with my communication teacher, think ...
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How To Deal With Terrible Design Decisions [duplicate]

I'm a consultant at one company. There is another consultant who is a year older than me and has been here 3 months longer than I have, and a full time developer. The full-time developer is great. ...
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Is this simple XOR encrypted communication absolutely secure?

Say Alice and Peter each have a 4GB USB flash memory stick. They meet and save on both sticks two files named alice_to_peter.key (2GB) and peter_to_alice.key (2GB) which contain randomly generated ...
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What are some effective ways of making scrum more dynamic earlier in a sprint?

My team does 2-week sprints, and the trend we've identified (which we want to move away from) is that our daily standup scrums are relatively straightforward early in the sprint, but then transform ...
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Collaborative coding chat options [closed]

Hi guys : Are there any established online sites for collaborative coding ? I have a github project with 5 developers, in different areas - we need somewhere that we can all "hangout" at. Right ...
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Java Communcation API not available for Windows [closed]

I want to write a program in Java using RS-232. But I am unable to find the java.comm Package for the windows. Which library should I use for this purpose? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get the team that I work with to communicate synchronously? [closed]

Okay, so I work on a team of 4 people. We're spread all around the country, and when we communicate, it's either through email or our issue tracker. That's okay most of the time, but I feel like I ...
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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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Why is it preferred to write a commit message in present tense/imperative mood? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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How can I improve my technical writing?

Writing documentation is part of programming, and writing well is part of what makes the documentation useful. So, what are some hints or guidelines for good writing in the technical realm? What are ...
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How can I overcome the communication problem(oral language) [closed]

I am a junior developer who living in Korea. I think I am quite passionate and active. and I want to be one of famous developer all over the world. For spreading my area, I try to join Open Source ...
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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 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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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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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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What do you call a customer's customer in a specification document, use case, or scenario?

My team and I develop software that our customers will use to interact with their customers. Additionally, we also eat our own dogfood and use the software ourselves to interact with our customers. ...
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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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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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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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How do I explain to non-programers what .NET is? [closed]

I don't work at a software company, and I'm one of a small handful of people in the company that know anything about programming. I spend a lot of time automating other programs that are used in the ...
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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, ...
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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 ...