Data are values of qualitative or quantitative variables, belonging to a set of items. Data in computing (or data processing) are represented in a structure, often tabular (represented by rows and columns), a tree (a set of nodes with parent-children relationship) or a graph structure (a set of ...

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How to get a list of valid addresses?

I need to get a list of valid addresses in 4 or 5 clusters (cities) in both the UK and US. It's to generate sample data for an application that will do geolocation and searching. At the moment I'm ...
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Why the static data members have to be defined outside the class separately in C++ (unlike Java)?

class A { static int foo () {} // ok static int x; // <--- needed to be defined separately in .cpp file }; I don't see a need of having A::x defined separately in a .cpp file (or same file ...
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Data migration to a single shared SQL table

We have three internal web applications we use at my company. Unfortunately none of my predecessors had the foresight of sharing tables amongst those apps. It has become necessary to share some ...
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Data Structures usage and motivational aspects

For long student life I was always wondering why there are so many of them yet there seems to be lack of usage at all in many of them. The opinion didn't really change when I got a job. We have ...
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Ensure data entered by users adjusts to what actually is

This is more of a usability issue I'd say, looking of suggestions on it. I have a system that depends on the data entered by the users to be correct, as in the address exists, the name is correct, ...
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Approach for housekeeping production data

If you are going write a set of program to housekeep the production data, how can you ensure your program will work correctly? We cannot housekeep the data based on their creation time. We would ...
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How to handle encryption key conflicts when synchronizing data?

Assume that there is data that gets synchronized between several devices. The data is protected with a symmetric encryption algorithm and a key. The key is stored on each device and encrypted with a ...
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Designing access to file-based “database”

It happened frequently that I have to provide access to a bunch of files organized in a directory tree according to some (sometimes loosely specified) rules. My standard pattern is to provide a ...
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Getting and maintaining data from a large number of sources on the web

For the sake of an exercice I want to aggregate price listings with prices coming from a series of web sites in a structured form (XML, JSON...). If I have control on both sides how can I go about ...
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Where can I locate business data to use in my application?

This question talks about any and all free public raw data which appeared to have valuable pieces but nothing that really provides what I am looking for. Instead of using a socially defined listing ...
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How do Data Scientists Use Python? [closed]

Do you know how Data Scientists use Python and if it requires data, where I can get sample data to practice with? I'm currently learning the language and plan on applying for Data Scientists jobs, so ...
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What are graph datastores better at doing than other datastores and why?

Where previously there was only relational databases, the data store world is now rife with options like Key-Value, Document, and Graph datastores. Unfortunately, every datastore likes to show how it ...
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Is there an alternative to bits?

Is there an alternative to bits as the smallest unit of data? Something that won't be only 0 or 1, but actually hold many possible states in between? Wouldn't it be more natural to store floats like ...
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Optimal storage space calculation for name, address, phone, fax and email data

Given the following assumptions: The amount of available data storage is highly limited All data is international As much storage as possible must be preserved since it will be used for something ...
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How should HTML data formats be applied in everyday situations?

Given Google's shift towards a stronger focus on page markup data, how do the data formats used in Schema.org work alongside those for Microformats? How do these (and other specs) compliment each ...
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Where can I find a large dataset of tweets?

I'm trying some machine learning with Twitter, and I was wondering if there were any pre-collected just massive tweet data that anyone knew about before I went and just used the API (which has a ...
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How do you define, organize, and document your data?

Please feel free to suggest a better name or way of explaining this question - I wasn't quite sure what to call it. The situation is one that may just come under the heading of "be organized" but I ...
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How much data validation is too much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Data input validation - Where? How much? I'm a new PHP developer and am into Powershell quite a bit but this question is language agnostic. I've been questioning my code ...
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Design review for application facing memory issues

I apologise in advance for the length of this post, but I want to paint an accurate picture of the problems my app is facing and then pose some questions below; I am trying to address some self ...
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Programming to ANSI standards (for engineering)

I am currently tasked to write a software to help engineers design standard compliant designs. If there is a bad design, software will report an error or warning. Maybe it's just me, but anyone who ...
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Are there best practices for checking for errors in business logic for DB refreshes? [closed]

I'm working for a company with very large databases which all refresh overnight, ready for users to interrogate in the morning. These over night loads essentially truncate all the tables, and reload ...
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Data acquisition, storage and management

I have a device that can measure different values over time, one sample per second. After one measurement run I can export the data in form of a CSV-file. One row per second with timestamp and about ...
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Why does Garbage Collection only sweep the heap?

Basically, I've learned so far that garbage collection erases forever any data structure that is not currently being pointed to. But this only checks the heap for such conditions. Why doesn't it also ...
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Randomly Accessing Data Packets in a Compressed File

In my line of work I deal with very large files, hundreds of Gigabytes in size. The nature of the data in these files is such that compression would greatly reduce their size. The problem is, the ...
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Tdd on a datadriven webapp

How would one go about to use tdd/bdd on a mostly data driven webapp? For example a blog or a forum?
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What is ideal range (Min and Max date) for Calendar backup?

I need to take backup of calendar on my phone. We have requirement that we need to take backup of entire calendar data. Now, phone always supports recurring events. So, event may exist from 01-01-1601 ...
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Reading Java book — I'm confused on this explanation of the difference between information and data?

From "Demystifying Java".. For many of us, the terms information and data are synonymous. However, information and data are distinctly different in programming. Data is the smallest amount of ...
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Data “unsort” / homogeneity algorithm

In an attempt to not reinvent a wheel, I'm asking if anyone has ideas on a data homogeneity algorithm. A brief example: My data has several elements maybe like Number Color Fruit Letter There ...
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what is the benefit of using key/value stores with respect to database sharding?

What has key/value stores got to do with making database sharding easier? Because if I do not use a key/value store, I can easily shard my database too right? (Like say, I can easily say users with ...
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A Question about using different data access layers for different database providers

I have a question about whether we should use different Data access layers for different database providers like SQL Server, MySQL Server, Oracle etc.. Is it not better to use a single data access ...
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how to create a data model for the following problem

How to tackle 2-D and 3-D space in data ? lets say you are working on a power grid problem. You need to represent Towers; transmission lines; transformers and every thing else in a 2-D space. How ...
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Data input validation - Where? How much? [closed]

Data input validation always was quite an internal struggle to me. On the verge of adding a real security framework and code to our legacy application rewrite project (which so far pretty much keeps ...
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Path of Replication

I'm currently developing a replication system to keep data in-synch between an arbitrary number of servers. Some of these servers exist in one cluster on one LAN. Others exist somewhere else in the ...
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How to do data synchronisation between two applications?

Our client has a CRM application (let's call it A) and a custom built Windows application (VB.NET) (let's call it B) that directly writes to and reads from the CRM database. Application A is used ...
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Does current evidence support the adoption of Contextual over Canonical Data Models?

The "canonical" idea is pervasive in software; patterns like Canonical Model, Canonical Schema, Canonical Data Model and so on, seem to come up again and again in development. Like many developers, ...
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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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Server requests optimisation - size vs frequency

my map-like app loads data from google map API but it also loads some extra data - in the form of XML - from my server. When the app loads it really needs only small amount of data to cover the ...
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How to ensure data integrity (when an external system is involved)

Say you have this task in an application that consists of two parts: 1) Delivery of a file to an external system (not in your control) 2) A database transaction in our system, with information about ...
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Starter BOOKS On Data Analytics and Algorithms in Computer Science

Am Programmer cum Co-Founder of Start-up,Am a computer Science Graduate though am not good at Algorithms,I want to learn and sharp that side.Please suggest me some nice books for starters and Advance ...
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programming languages and credible data on market conditions

Is there a consortium,research organization or any credible reporting body that can confidently say what computer language will have more jobs in a given year and in years to come?.
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Is there a list of common usernames to reserve in a new system?

I need to reserve usernames in my new website. These generally fall into three categories 1) usernames no-one should have (eg: admin, user, service, help, root, etc) 2) names of super famous people ...
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Resources on how to relate structured and semi- / un-structured information

I don't have a great background in information organisation / retrieval, but I know of a few ways of dealing with the problem. For structured information, it's possible to go OOish - everything ...
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How can large data handling be a special requirement for job?

I chanced to see some job requirements of Oracle SQL programmer or C# developer jobs, who want a person who can handle terabytes of data in ETL or data migration. I have worked on data migration to ...
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What are the most common options for data storage in desktop applications?

When I was working as a website designer/engineer I primarily used databases for storage of much of my dynamic data. It was very easy and convenient to use this method and seemed like a standard ...
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Sensitive Data Storage - Best Practices

I recently started working on a personal project where I was connecting to a database using Java. This got me thinking. I have to provide the login information for a database account on the DB server ...
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Are the only types of data “sources” static and dynamic?

Thinking that there might be others, but not sure -- but before getting into that, let me explain what I mean by static and dynamic data sources. Static (or datastore) - Meaning that the data's ...
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Why do people store shipping and handling in the order header and not a line item

I have worked on several ordering systems. Every one of them has tracked the shipping and handling as part of the order header rather then tracking it as a line item. To me, it would make more sense ...
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Should there be a “data hygiene” index for software - to indicate how clean the program is? not leaving temp files, etc

Should there be a "data hygiene" index for software - to indicate how clean the program is? not creating unused temp files, registry entries, environment variables, etc. For example, look in your ...
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Is a yobibit really a meaningful unit? [closed]

Wikipedia helpfully explains: The yobibit is a multiple of the bit, a unit of digital information storage, prefixed by the standards-based multiplier yobi (symbol Yi), a binary prefix ...