Configuration is an arrangement of functional units according to their nature, number, and chief characteristics.

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What is the best way to store configurations of shell/script code to execute later?

I am working on a tool (Python, may or may not be important) that will allow a user to maintain a configuration file containing arbitrary shell and/or language code to be executed on particular events ...
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What values in an application should be configurable?

What values in an application should be configurable, or otherwise not hard coded? Does this differ based on application type (batch vs UI) and are there any published standards or guidance on this ...
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Why don't public web applications use ini files for configuration

Almost every public CMS out there uses a .php configuration file for the database settings and so on. For example WordPress automatically creates a .php config file when you install it. Why don't ...
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How to make big chunk of hardcoded menuitems in a programmable way

So in the javascript app, we have a lot of repeated chunk of menu items with the specific settings: URL, Name, Title, etc etc (these settings sometimes can be optional). Here is the gist of the ...
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Multi-user Configuration Settings design

I am designing a flexible and extensible way to store configuration settings for users. Database Table Design: ╔═════════════════════════════╗ ║ ConfigurationItemDefinition ║ ...
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LGPL, .lib, .dll, and linking

I am trying to build a project which uses an unmodified copy of libconfig (http://www.hyperrealm.com/libconfig/). libconfig is LGPL, but I don't want to open source any of my code. By my ...
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Configuration file that can be modified by user in C#

I want to create a configuration file (text file preferred) that can be modified by user. A windows service will read from that file and behave accordingly. Can you recommend a file format for this ...
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How many different configurations are used for software tests? [closed]

This article shows that for Android apps, software developers use between 30 and 50 different devices for compatibility tests. I tried to find information about tests of applications on "classic" ...
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Is it plausible to use a filesystem-based configuration format rather than an INI file?

After having had endless issues with INI-style configuration files and parsing them correctly (let along getting binary data right), a crazy idea crossed my mind recently: What if an INI file like # ...
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Should I use a config file or database for storing business rules?

I have recently been reading The Pragmatic Programmer which states that: Details mess up our pristine code—especially if they change frequently. Every time we have to go in and change the code to ...
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How to sell logistical procedures that require less time to perform but more finesse?

I am working with a group where part of the responsibilities is managing a certain set of configuration files which, of course, have the same skeleton/structure across different environments but ...
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Grouping classes by subject or dependencies?

Our project consists of user application and server application. The server application prepares data files that the user application consumes. Because the data is huge, it is stored in custom format. ...
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Is a single config object a bad idea?

In most of my applications, I have a singleton or static "config" object, in charge of reading various settings from disk. Almost all classes use it, for various purposes. Essentially it's just a hash ...
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Is it appropriate to run a complex enterprise-system configuration and migration project in a similar way to a Scrum development project?

I'm just starting out on the implementation of a large enterprise-wide system, which has complex requirements and many stakeholders. The company has been through high-level evaluation and tender ...
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Should I pass an object into a constructor, or instantiate in class?

Consider these two examples: Passing an object to a constructor class ExampleA { private $config; public function __construct($config) { $this->config = $config; } } $config = new ...
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User Configuration of a Shell Script. Best practices?

I am writing a shell script with a few variables that should be configured by the user. There will be an installer for downloading and configuring the script, possibly by asking a series of question. ...
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Web services and business rules engines

We have a web service that takes in input different types of messages. The function of the webservice is to merely write in a database the content of the messages. There is about one table (with ...
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Just getting started in Spring and my preference is XML config over annotations. Correct or not?

After having read through some of the Spring docs my inclination is towards using a XML config file rather than annotations on the classes themselves. My reasoning is that by doing so you avoid tying ...
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Designing configuration for subobjects

I have the following situation: I have a class (let's call it Main) encapsulating a complex process. This class in turn orchestrates a sequence of subalgorithms (AlgoA, AlgoB), each one represented by ...
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Should program behavior be modified using a config file or environmental variables?

I'm referring to *nix command line applications primarily, where you want to permanently modify the behavior from defaults. Environmental variables are easily understood and implemented, usually ...
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How can I manage changes between a local config file and a remote config file in a mobile application?

I have an application with a configuration file that is stored in the application bundle. This config file stores the names of images on a remote server. Whenever the application is started, I ...
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File system layout for multiple build targets

I am seeking some ideas for how to build and install software with some parameters. These including target OS, target platform CPU details, debugging variant, etc. Some parts of the install are ...
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What is the “architecture” that provides functionality to application-level URI interfaces, like chrome:// and Firefox's about:config, etc?

According to Wikipedia, about is an internal URI scheme (also known as a "URL scheme" or, erroneously, "protocol") in various web browsers to display certain built-in functions. It is not an ...
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Suggestion for setting web application parameters

I'm creating a web application on GWT. I'm using MVP pattern with activities and places. I have a xml config file containing some parameters to be used by the application. Content of this xml file is ...
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When to use Constants vs. Config Files to maintain Configuration

I often fight with myself on whether to put certain keys in my web.config or in a Constants.cs class or something like this. For example if I wanted to store application specific keys for whatever ...
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Config Class/Struct: Pattern or Anti-Pattern? Alternatives?

If you add new configuration options to a program, it can often have tons of ripple effects in terms of getting the options to where they need to be acted upon. There are three basic ways to deal ...
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Where should I look to know which technology is used in a web app?

Let's say, I have one or more web app I find interesting, and as I want to do something similar, I would like to know on which technology they are based (programming language, database, web server, ...
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Bogarting the Data Access Layer

Situation: The dba is an offsite contractor who keeps the entire DAL code checked out in TFS. It would be nice as the front end developer to be able to add columns, and tweak procs and whatnot, ...
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Store build server configuration in same repository as source code?

Some co-workers and myself are tasked with a "rewrite" of an ancient, unmaintainable application and to shape it into something workable. I am setting up a continuous integration server, and since we ...
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Managing large number of app.config files

We have many windows services and web apps which all rely on a lot of common settings. Currently we use just appSettings as needed and they are referenced by key. Some of the settings are app ...
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Company sends debug versions of software to clients

Hey, I'm a Junior Programmer working at a company. I just found out that they've been releasing a debug build of their product to clients for the past four years because the release version is broken ...
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How to decide between storage formats and what are example use cases for some of them?

We have different ways to store program data (save files in games, employee databases, program configuration etc.): Plain text (think .ini and .conf) XML Databases (MySQL, SQLite...) .zip and ...
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How to separate development process and configuration management aspects of SVN?

I am looking into an alternative for the combined utilities of SVN, as both a development tool and configuration management tool. Instead, I would like to investigate the approach of having a ...
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Is using SVN for development and CM a bad practice?

I have a bit of experience with SVN as a pure programmer/developer. Within my company, however, we use SVN as our Configuration Management (CM) tool. I thought using SVN for development at the same ...
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Design of input files reading when it comes to defaults/transformations

Suppose you have an application that reads an input file, on a language that does not support the concept of None. The input is read, parsed, and the contents are stored on a structure for later use. ...
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How much configurability to give to users regarding concurrency?

This question is a narrowing-down of these related questions: How much effort should we spend to programming for multiple cores? Concurrency: How do you approach the design and debug the ...
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What is Configuration Management?

In all projects that I have been involved with that have had input from an outside consultant the question has been asked about what sort of Configuration Management we were using. In none of these ...