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Is it better to use assert or IllegalArgumentException for required method parameters?

In Java, which is more highly recommended, and why? Both types will throw exceptions, so in that regard handling them is the same. assert is slightly shorter, but I'm not sure how much that matters. ...
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Is there a conventional way to combine file path strings?

In an example: var assets = "images/" var sounds = assets+"sounds/" Is it more conventional to put the slash on the back of a file path? var assets = "/images" var sounds = assets+"/sounds" Is ...
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[YYYY].[MM].[DD].[hh][mm] vs. [major].[minor].[revision] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What “version naming convention” do you use? I am currently debating between the traditional versioning convention [major].[minor].[revision] and my own, ...
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Why do trees grow downward?

Why do trees grow downward in computer science? I have a feeling it goes back to a printer, and that a program traversing a tree first prints the root, and uses the notion of a bottomless stack of ...
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Naming classes, methods, functions and variables [duplicate]

There are 3 important naming conventions: with_underscores PascalCased camelCased Other variants are not important because they are not commonly used. For variables it seems that the one with ...
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Javascript naming conventions

I am from Java background and am new to JavaScript. I have noticed many JavaScript methods using single character parameter names, such as in the following example. doSomething(a,b,c) I don't like ...
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Naming convention for iOS/OSX open-source projects

Not always but most of the time, you will find iOS or Mac OS X open-source projects with names starting with the initial letters of the author first and last names. If a project were to be authored by ...
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Java convention for if/else if order

I have an if/else if structure that on some cases does nothing. From the code I have seen in my career, the "empty" case is normally left out. But when I wrote my code, it just doesn't feel right to ...
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Should I use title case in URLs?

We are currently deciding on a consistent naming convention across a site with multiple web applications. Historically, I've been an advocate of the 'lowercase all the letters!' when creating URLs: ...
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Should the most recent date be named 'start' or 'end'?

So I have a function that takes two dates. The SQL query gets all the results between the two dates. I currently have my function setup as such: function myFunc(start, end) Where start is the ...
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Extension method naming convention [closed]

We are using some utility methods in our company to simplify programming. So we have following string extension: public static bool IsNoE(this string s) { return string.IsNullOrEmpty(s); } ...
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Is it conventional to name final/constant local variables in UPPER_SNAKE_CASE?

Pretty simple, I have a method: public final void myMethod(User user, Group group) { final int MAX_USERS_PER_GROUP = group.getMaxUsersPerGroup(); int usersInGroup = 0; // Get users in ...
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Should the expected value be hard-coded into the Assert

My own personal preference would be to use a variable, but maybe there are reasons against this? I haven't been able to find any resources that state the pros or cons of using one of these over the ...
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How to organize predefined queries with Entity Framework?

I have some queries that I use all the time (like get rows only of some specific type, or count something etc.). I'd like to organize them somehow (better then I currently do). Currently I have them ...
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What is the correct project file structure for a versioned rest api?

Should I have resource directories inside version directory, like app/ v1/ book/ author/ v2/ author/ or version directories inside resource folder app/ book/ v1/ author/ ...
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Should I edit a codebase's whitespace to conform to a coding style? [duplicate]

We have a large Java project (1m+ SLOC) with mixed whitespace - some files have tabs and some have spaces. It's tricky to make my editor work with whichever file I happen to be editing. We are ...
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Using a function's return value as an if condition, good practice?

Do you think it is a good practice to use function return values as if conditions? I'm coding in PHP atm but it holds for many other languages. if(isTheConditionMet($maybeSomeParams)) { } or $res ...
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Why is the following naming guideline different between OO and non-OO languages?

I am working with a non-OO language and I'm trying to name my routines consistently. I came acrross the following guideline from Steve McConnell's Code Complete: To name a procedure, use a strong ...
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Strategy to use two different measurement systems in software

I have an application that needs to accept and output values in both US Custom Units and Metric system. Right now the conversion and input and output is a mess. You can only enter in US system, but ...
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Lexing: One token per operator, or one universal operator token?

When lexing, what would be the best way to tokenize operators? Would one just create a BinaryOperator token, or a separate token for every single binary operator? Examples: PlusOperator, ...
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Any reasons why SQL-92 changed *, ? into %, _?

Do you know any reasons why SQL-92 standard has changed glob pattern wildcard characters from * and ? (SQL-89) to % and _? Currently I need to do mask conversions to allow users searching data with * ...
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Are there any industry standards that define code quality?

Our specific situation is that we are creating an agreement between ourselves and another team for shared control or use of a PHP based web application that we have been building. We have a set of ...
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Why is the use of conjunctions in method names a bad naming convention? [closed]

In my team, we work closely with a few software architects. They approve all design decisions of our projects, do some code reviews etc. Our projects consist mainly of backend functionality ...
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conventions for friend methods in Perl

Perl doesn't support a friend relationship between objects, nor does it support private or protected methods. What is usually done for private methods is to prefix the name with an underscore. I ...
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invoking methods within a conditional expression

In an oft-cited (if dated) reference for C# coding standards (pdf; from Lance Hunt), the statement is made, 33. Avoid invoking methods within a conditional expression. I've not seen this ...
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Is there an established convention for separating Windows file names in a string?

I have a function which needs to output a string containing a list of file paths. I can choose the separation character but I cannot change the data type (e.g. I cannot return a List<string> or ...
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DTOs matter on ASP.NET MVC JSON Action?

I recently came across an internal project where they were using DTOs throughout the solution, and when I sat down to implement a new MVC controller with a JSON REST endpoint I decided to use an ...
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Assignments in mock return values

(I will show examples using php and phpunit but this may be applied to any programming language) The case: let's say we have a method A::foo that delegates some work to class M and returns the value ...
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2answers
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Should naming conventions be consistent or not across multiple programming languages in one project? [duplicate]

I saw this question on SO: here; the question is kind of old and not many viewed, so I want to ask it again. I currently work on a project using C++, C# and Actionscript-3, the conventions of C++ and ...
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Naming test methods in Java [closed]

Over at codereview a comment hinted that using snake_case to name test methods is a good idea. This contradicted my views and I did some research and there seem to be a lot of examples that actually ...
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Should I care about Junit redundancy when using setUp() with @Before annotation?

Even though developers have switched from junit 3.x to 4.x I still see the following 99% of the time: @Before public void setUp(){/*some setup code*/} @After public void tearDown(){/*some clean up ...
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1answer
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How far to go when standardizing code [duplicate]

My small team and I have created a decent sized web application (~50k lines), with a fully featured API, all in Perl. As us perl hackers know.. it is easy to get sloppy. We had to port over a lot of ...
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1answer
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Why is mixing plural with singular and camel case with underscores in cake php naming convention better than a simpler convention? [closed]

I have been using cake php for over a year and generally I like it but I struggle to understand the advantages of the complex naming conventions over something simpler. Cake uses plural here and ...
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When calculating how many days between 2 dates, should you include both dates in the count, or neither, or 1?

I am trying to make an algorithm that counts the days between two dates, e.g. between 3/1/2012 and 3/2/2012. What is the correct answer, or the most popular choice? Should be the one I use? In ...
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CamelCase issue (PList or Plist)

Ok, I understand what CamelCase is. This question is relating to how to CamelCase the shortened version of Property List (PList). I am asking this because I am working on a PList parser in C# and ...
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Are project naming conventions more important than language naming conventions? [closed]

I'm working on a project with a senior developer and he doesn't really abide by the naming conventions of the language that we're using. The project is in Go and he uses underscores for everything. ...
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Why are methods considered the class attributes in Python?

I read in a book that both methods and fields are considered the attributes of a class in Python. However, recently I was told by a friend of mine that methods may not be considered the attributes of ...
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What's the proper way of dealing with a global file path?

I don't have compilable code, because the code in question depends on a large function that's irrelevant to the question, but say I have the following scenario: savePath = "C:\\..." changePath1, ...
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1answer
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How to name filename parameter to make clear it should contain full path? [closed]

I'm seeking vital naming of string filename parameter in parameter list used in various methods where filename with full path is expected. In many cases also UNC path can be actually supplied as full ...
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“state” or “status”? When should a variable name contain the word “state”, and when should a variable name instead contain the word “status”? [closed]

Reading code and discussions pertaining to code, I often see the words "state" and "status" used interchangeably, but the following tendencies seem to exist: When a variable holds a value intended ...
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Should I Aggregate Web API Errors?

The Situation We are writing a REST API that performs validation up-front. The code is written such that it tries to find as many errors as possible. However, each error might correspond to a ...
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Coding convention question about AS3 duplicate variable definition

AS3's got some awkward rules about variable scope, due to its use of hoisting. I don't like pointlessly leaving a bunch of compiler warnings lying around, but it's more important to me for my code to ...
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External file (images, sounds) naming convention at Xcode

What is better naming conventions at Xcode regardng External File (images, sounds) etc? Is there any guideline from vendor Apple? As we store our projects at SVN, is there any complicity from Hosted ...
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Where to perform datatype.ParseString (MVC)

Using the MVC pattern, asume a simple situation where you want to send a number (for example the number of pages in a book) with a controller to a setter. Now, the set method looks like this public ...
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Code structure with MongoDB in python

I am new to MongoDB and python. I know how to make basic use of pymongo in order to manipulate documents. I am having trouble finding how to create some structure or governance in what gets inside ...
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What is the advantage to using a factor of 1024 instead of 1000 for disk size units?

When considering the disk space of a storage medium, normally the computer or operating system will represent it in terms of powers of 1024 - a kilobyte is 1,024 bytes, a megabyte is 1,048,576 bytes, ...
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Should I continue stressing development standards? [closed]

I've been with my software team for about three years now, and just recently I brought up the concept of variable naming conventions (across all languages, but C#/VB.Net specifically). We really ...
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Capitalizing custom methods in a SDK based project [closed]

In projects which need heavy SDK usage, like Android and iOS development, I want the methods/functions I write to be obvious and since the whole framework is written with lower case method names I ...
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Should I limit my type name suffix vocabulary when using OOP?

My co-workers tend to think that it is better to limit non-domain type suffixes to a small fixed set of OOP-pattern inspired words, e.g.: *Service *Repository *Factory *Manager *Provider I believe ...
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Convention for logging within nested try catch blocks

I've looked at this question but it doesn't really help solve my dilemma. System 1 calls system 2 within a try catch, the method in system 2 has it's own try catch, which sadly handles an exception ...