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Programming without target platform? [closed]

I have a idea for a program and have began laying out the software design concept in a traditional SDLC model of charts and instructions for what I want all parts to achieve. A quick explanation of ...
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How to handle interview questions on programming style

As a C++-programmer in interviews I repeatedly found myself in situations were the interviewer wanted to probe my knowledge of good programming style. These typically were centered around basic ...
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How do I communicate concepts and design for a web application?

Iam not sure if this topic is ok to ask, but we are talking about this since years in our Developer-"Shop". How to write concepts for Web- Applications? We are using Zend Framework (MVC), OOP Based, ...
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NoSql databases - Decent tutorial/book that covers the concepts

Am looking for a good resource on learning the concepts behind NoSql databases. Most things I find are related to a specific technology (MongoDb, CouchDB etc) but I'm after all the concepts behind ...
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Inexpensive generation of hierarchical unique IDs

My application is building a hierarchical structure like this: root = { 'id': 'root', 'children': [ { 'name': 'root_foo', 'children': [] }, { 'id': 'root_foo2', 'children': [ { ...
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How do we call a concept when my acceptor loop is ran by some real application while all services are plugins for that application?

So say we have an app (server) that somehow attaches to itself plugins (services) in form of .dll or .so libraries. Is there any nice short name for such server behaviour model?
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Entity-Component-System architecture: interaction between systems

I am studying the Entity-Component-System architecture philosophy. As I have read about it, a typical entity system has: 1) Entities - which are merely ID tags which have a number of components 2) ...
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Is there a difference between casting and converting types in imperative programming languages?

The question came up in a discussion at StackOverflow. Is there a clean distinction between the two concepts cast and convert (concerning the type of an object), or are these two words describing ...
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In C++, were SFINAE and metaprogramming intentional or just a byproduct of templates?

SFINAE and template metaprogramming can do wonderful things and many libraries also use them considerably. Historically both of these "magic concepts" were intentionally introduced/supported in C++ ? ...
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What are the London and Chicago schools of TDD?

I’ve been hearing about the London style vs. Chicago style (sometimes called Detroit style) of Test Driven Development (TDD). Workshop of Utah Extreme Programming User's Group: Interaction-style ...
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How valuable and rare is being able to create something from scratch?

I just found out the other day that the previous web company where I worked for 8 years will pretty much be shut down except for occasional updates and support of existing applications. I was ...
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Legal Applications of Metamorphic Code

Firstly, I would like to state that I already understand the 'vx' applications for Metamorphic code. I am not here to ask a question related to any of those topics as that would be inappropriate in ...
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How to protect a peer-to-peer network from inappropriate content?

I’m developing a simple peer-to-peer app in .Net which should enable users to share specific content (text and picture files). As I've learned with my last question, inappropriate content can ...
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Is it worth using tool agnostic concepts in a development team?

We waste a lot of time using tool specific terms when we are all really talking about the same things. The problem is that person1 is familiar with toolset1, person2 with toolset2 etc. So each uses a ...
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How would you go about looking for collaborators? [closed]

I seem to have a never ending stream of more-or-less original, more-or-less cool ideas for software/apps/stuff yet to be written on my mind. Sometimes, I decide to just start implementing my idea. ...
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How is IETF different from W3C?

I've been following these organizations (institutes, entities, whatever) for near 3 months now, and both of them claim that they're trying to make the Internet a better place. They're creating ...
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What are the 'hot' topics in computer science? [closed]

I'm about to start my AQA EPQ - which is a 5000 word essay and presentation on a topic of your choice; I was looking for topics in which to research and report on. I believe this question is often ...
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How to teach a script to detect sarcasm? [closed]

I'm currently building a fun script, that basically matches given phrases and gives a predefined response based on the match-points. You can ask it to retrieve some information based on live feeds, ...
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Dictionary of language concept terms? [closed]

Is there somewhere some kind of dictionary or book which explains all those modern terms of language concepts like (but not limited to) currying closure lambda function type deduction dynamic ...
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Why were concepts (generic programming) conceived when we already had classes and interfaces?

Also on stackoverflow.com: I understand that STL concepts had to exist, and that it would be silly to call them "classes" or "interfaces" when in fact they're only documented (human) concepts and ...
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Infinite Bitmap

I'd like to build a bitmap during runtime. The bitmap should be scalable on all sides and pixel access should be quiet efficient. Between and after the commands shown in the picture, Map.setPixel() ...
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Train for the job or train for the skill? [closed]

I'm in charge of hiring for a small java shop. We have a very limited hiring budget so we tend to pickup fresh grads cheap and spend time training them. I have found colleges and universities do quite ...
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How to automate a tasks system in a CMS software

I'm currently developing v2.0 of my personal cms. However, I'm stuck. I strongly feel that my old solution for "tasks" is not very dynamic and must be revisited. Currently I'm looking the whole ...
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How is the actor model used?

I have read a bit about the actor model, but don't really understand how to use actors in a real world situation – how to model a problem with them. Can someone please explain? A simple example or ...
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AOP concepts explained for the dummy

I'm learning Aspect Oriented Programming and have isues understanding concepts. I'm not a bad programmer but my english is bad and can't understand fully the definitions. Can someone explain AOP ...
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Is information hiding more than a convention?

In Java, C# and many other strongly-typed, statically checked languages, we are used to write code like this: public void m1() { ... } protected void m2() { ... } private void m2() { ... } void m2() ...
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solve TOR edge node problem by using .onion proxy?

I would like to improve the TOR network, where the exit nodes are a vulnerability to concealing traffic. From my understanding, traffic to .onion sites are not decrypted by exit nodes, so therefore - ...
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What is a Bootstrapper in programming?

I sometimes see the term "Bootstrapper". I saw it last when creating some learning exercises for Prism. I stumbled upon UnityBootstrapper class. My question is: when would you call a class a ...
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How to explain why multi-threading is difficult

I am a fairly good programmer, my boss is also a fairly good programmer. Though he seems to underestimate some tasks such as multi-threading and how difficult it can be (I find it very difficult for ...
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So I've gotten the hang of iOS app development, but how do I become a great app developer? [closed]

I've spent the past 2 years teaching myself and taking classes on object oriented programming. I have done quite a bit of Java programming, and lately I've been spending a lot of time doing ...
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What are some concepts people should understand before programming “big” projects? [closed]

A person new to programming may be able to make a good small program. However, when starting to work on anything bigger than a small (think 1 C source file or Python module) program, there are some ...
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Database fuzzy search concept

I thought about this, and have been trying to come up with solutions on how to fuzzy search a database, if for say example a user types a spelling mistake. Any glaring problems with the logic behind ...
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Collocation in Code

Quite some time ago I remember reading an article from 'Joel on Software' that mentioned collocation of information in code was important. By collocation, I mean that relevant information about the ...
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What should a C programmer know? [closed]

What are some concepts/techniques/language features that every decent C programmer should know/be aware of (exclude general software engineering and similar and focus only on C specific stuff). I ...
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how do we clear new programming concept

In IT world, new latest technologies are generated daily. Every time, every programmer need to learn something & then clear it conceptually to implement. All new technologies are built on some ...
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What is your most unusual javascript concept you've ever seen?

I've learned javascript at school but since I'm working with it and study about it every day, I've found very particular aspect of javascript that I didn't know about. Which at first, was very hard to ...
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need some concrete examples on user stories, tasks and how they relate to functional and technical specifications

Little heads up, I'm the only lonely dev building/planning/mocking my project as I go. I've come up with a preview release that does only the core aspects of the system, with good business value, and ...
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How to improve concepts for interview

I had an interview and interviewer told me to improve on the concepts. E.G.: He asked me types of arrays are there and I answered that there was two types of array: A simple array and an ...