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

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Should I represent physical accessories of a system as classes in software?

I am redesigning a system comprised of a data-acquisition unit and a lot of different sensors (voltage sensor, angle sensor, pressure sensor, etc.). In the software domain model, there is a base ...
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Which approach would be better for persisting these overridable configuration keys and values? A simple key-value store, or a graph database?

I'm creating a system where there are config keys and values. So for example: config.key = 10 Is an example of a configuration key and a value. These keys can also have overrides based on ...
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in C++, how to call an 'init' routine as a class is loaded?

I have a program that loads a bunch of "addons" (different meters that measure and display system values). The "addons" have "grown" over time and the code of what addons to "activate", and how many ...
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PHP: A config file in .ini or .php format?

I'm working on a huge CMS system, and I asked myself what configuration format I should use. There are two common formats for configuration files. The first one is an INI file, containg all the ...
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Where Should I Put Configuration Files?

I'm creating a project that I want to be able to distribute across platforms. I'm writing in Java and AWT which already gives me a pretty large range of devices, but I'm mostly interested in Windows ...
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What is best practice to handle whitespaces when letting the user edit the configuration, the name=value pairs?

For instance, you let the user define the notorious path variable. How do you interpret apppath = C:\Program Files\App? This looks like a programming language adopted practice to ignore the white ...
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Switch Configuration of Several .Net Programs for Several Sections in a Simple Way

We build a highly configurable .Net Client/Server application. (Client is C#/WPF, Server is C#/WebService) There is a single code base, but each customer has its own 'profile'. The profile ...
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(HTML) Form structure storage

In the context of a single-purpose website/application (for instance, based on Symfony2), I wish to have a set of forms fillable by users which then will be sent out as a formatted email (with the ...
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Directory access from PHP script

Introduction I'm creating an Android app for webpage that runs on Joomla 1.5. Yes I know that it's an old version etc. but it's not my site and I can't do anything about it. So basically I'm creating ...
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How to deal with Windows .NET configuration files

We use the normal app.config file for the configuration of the application. Although it works for now it has some pretty significant drawbacks: Upgrading an application with a modified app.config is ...
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How to handle configuration of Python modules, especially when used standalone and in frameworks like Django

I am trying to package a Python module for pip, following the guide here. One area I would like feedback on is best practices or convention for making my module configurable. The module is a library ...
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How best to version control massive configuration for an application?

Apologies if this doesn't make sense, English is not my first language. I'm working on an application where workflow is split into 'rules' that are defined on several pages of an Excel spreadsheet, a ...
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Caching Strategy: WCF Buffer pooling and size

I am currently trying to understand the best configuration for caching. I am using Azure In-Role caching (currently Colocated, but Dedicated at a later point) in a Web Api 2 application in .NET ...
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What should config files and the bootstrap do? [closed]

I already read dozens of articles and questions/answers on SO and Programmers but I can't understand what config and bootstrap files are, in the context of a web application. So my questions are : ...
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Project configs for Java projects

How to store configs for project in Java. In normally case i stored it in 'src/main/resources/' with *.properties. How best approach for storing projects config for development, local, production ...
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What is the benefit of passing a delegate to the constructor instead of just having the client code create and pass the ParserSettings?

When answering a question on Stack Overflow, the library appeared to have a weird way to specify configuration, through an Action passed to the constructor: public Parser(Action<ParserSettings> ...
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Developing configuration syntax - best practise/rules/methods?

I am currently developing a small application, which checks if provided data meets certain requirements. The requirements are actually a long list, and might be changing, so I defined a syntax which ...
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How to log configuration or code behaviour changes in non-disruptive way [closed]

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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Requesting Advice Regarding Storing Encryption Keys

I am using HMAC to hash some data before inserting it in a database and currently I have my key as a static field. Just wondering what the best practice regarding storing the key would be. Is having ...
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Moving our web application from a windows development environment to linux environment seamlessly

I am trying to develop a web application on a windows machine using apache wicket, java, jquery etc. Apache wicket comes with an embedded jetty server. I am using eclipse as the IDE. The application ...
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Where to store global enterprise properties?

I'm faced with a crowd of java applications, which need different global enterprise wide properties for operation, for example: hostname of the central RDBMS, hostname and location of the central ...
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How do you let a user choose the app database location?

Writing software for a client, and one of their requirements was that the user be able to specify where the application database is stored, be it on the local network or in an online repository. I ...
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Best practice for configuration files in a website

I am creating something similar to a Content Management System, that can be downloaded and used by everyone that needs it. I've been working in web-development for a couple of years (mainly as a ...
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how do you manage api keys?

I have a few projects that use various webservices e.g. DropBox, AWS. For managing private information I use bash_profile which works great with heroku that uses env variables to manages secret ...
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Class/Object with different sets of configurations, singletons etc (PHP)

I want to produce maintainable code for configuring one or multiple classes differently depending whether in a production or development environment. For example, making a Paypal class/object that ...
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Encyption for passwords in config file?

I was wondering, if it makes sense to encrypt passwords for external services stored in my config file with an symmetric encryption algorithm? On the one hand I think, if someone gets access to the ...
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Constants vs public properties for configuration

My application has a few high level configuration options such as directories which will be used for various things, database connection information and a few other settings which are required for the ...
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Using configuration to determine whether to handle exception or bubble it up

On a side project I'm working on I came up with a way of handling exceptions that's adjustable by configuration. So a try/catch block might look like this: try { fileHelper.MoveFile(file, ...
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PHP - PSR 0 - Configuration Constants

This question is about PSR-0 autoloaded libraries and the way main configuration constants should be declared and used. From your point of view (lib/framework developer), where/how should be declared ...
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Where to place configuration files sources

I am developing a C# windows service application, which have different configuration files for development, for production system, for test system, like: Dev.config Test.config Prod.config Now we ...
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Is using something other than XML advisable for my configuration file?

I have a small tool I'm designing which would require a configuration file of some sort. The configuration file in my case is really more of a database, but it needs to be lightweight, and if needed ...
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In the context of semantic versioning, does a change in the default configuration warrant a new major version?

My module is enabled by default (i.e. when you add the module). There's also a configuration you can optionally use, which supports an enabled="true|false" setting. This way the module can be disabled ...
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Specifying options “hard coded”, in an interpreted language

In a language like Python or JavaScript (NodeJS), is there anything wrong with defining "the configuration file" as a file which essentially hard-codes the configuration settings? For example: ...
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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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Configuration data: single-row table vs. name-value-pair table

Let's say you write an application that can be configured by the user. For storing this "configuration data" into a database, two patterns are commonly used. The single-row table CompanyName | ...
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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. ...