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Correct definition of “bandwidth preserving algorithms” in real-time scheduling?

I've seen conflicting definitions for the term "bandwidth preserving algorithms". The two definitions I've seen are: Any spare CPU capacity is used for aperiodic processes. One or more periodic ...
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Does this diagram give a good representation of the MVVM pattern?

I am having a really hard time understanding the basic structure of the Model, View, View Model pattern. I have honestly been pretty ignorant of design pattern conventions until recently. My formal ...
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In layman's terms, what is left recursion?

According to one page on code.google.com, "left recursion" is defined as follows: Left recursion just refers to any recursive nonterminal that, when it produces a sentential form containing ...
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What's the name of this category of variables (NEW, OLD, etc) in triggers?

I need to do some very specific web search, but in order to do that I need to know what's the technical name of the category/type of variables like NEW, OLD, USER ( the could be more ) that you can ...
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What is a class library? [closed]

I'm working on a lawsuit and I need a definition of a 'class library' that I can reference. Every book and all the documentation I can find seems to assume the reader already knows what a library is. ...
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Is this the correct understanding of tight coupling and loose coupling [duplicate]

Coupling mean "dependency". It is the case of "Class A" dependent on "Class B" to get the job done. Tight Coupling is when "Class A" Use the implementation of "Class B". Loose Coupling is when "Class ...
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RFC syntax definition [closed]

I would like to bring our specifications to a better level of fine-grained definition of syntaxes, semantics and the like. I read my fair share of RFCs and just love the way they define things like ...
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What exactly is “computer systems”?

My professor made a comment today - "...They've been having trouble with filesystem performance, and since they're more graphics guys, they asked us systems guys to help out...". What exactly is ...
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What's the difference between robustness and fault-tolerance?

Systems / programs / distributed algorithms / ... are often described with the predicate robust or fault-tolerant. What is the difference? Details: When I google for +robust +"fault-tolerant", I ...
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Why REST Api do not follow the Facade design pattern

In comparing REST [api] structure with a OO model, I see these similarities: Both: Are data oriented REST = Resources OO = Objects Surround operation around data REST = surround VERBS (Get, ...
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How is it called when you define constants that simply refer to a large namespace?

I am using JRuby. I have many classes implemented in Java, and I want to create objects off of them in my Ruby scripts. Suppose that I have a class Sprite in Java. In Ruby, to refer to it, I use the ...
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what is need for a handler in general

I have been searching for a definition for handler. basics i've understood that "A handler is a piece of code that is called when something happens, and usually takes some action, like generating a ...
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Are VB.NET to C# converters actually compilers?

Whenever I see programs or scripts that convert between high-level programming languages they are always labelled as converters. "VB.NET to C# converter" on Google results in expected, useful hits. ...
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What are the different meanings of 'fixture'?

I have some difficulty understanding the concept of "fixture". I know what a test suite is, a test case, a test run, but what exactly is a "fixture"? A parameterized test case? It seems to me that ...
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Why is Inversion of Control named that way?

The words invert or control are not used at all to define Inversion of Control in the definitions that I've seen. Definitions Wikipedia inversion of control (IoC) is a programming technique, ...
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What does 'enumerable' mean?

My background in mathematics is very poor (i.e. last relevant math class taken was high school Trigonometry two years ago - another story for another time). I'm reading 'Javascript: The Definitive ...
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A simple definition of client-server [duplicate]

I'm looking for a simple definition of the concept of “client-server” I'd like something similar to this definition of state. ... That "thing/information" that you need to remember is called ...
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Is the term 'Front-End' synonymous with 'Client-Side'? If so, is this always the case?

As a relatively new (self-taught) web developer, I've heard the terms front-end, client-side, back-end, and server-side quite often. To me, front-end and back-end were always synonymous with ...
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Problem Understanding the IEEE definition of Software Engineering

Background Software engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these ...
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Does software rot refer primarily to performance, or to messy code?

Wikipedia's definition of software rot focuses on the performance of the software. This is a different usage than I am used to; I had thought of it much more in terms of the cleanliness and design of ...
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Common header file for C++ and JavaScipt

I have an app that runs a C++ server backend and Javascript on the client. I would like to define certain strings once only, for both pieces of code. For example, I might have a CSS class ...
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Misunderstanding Scope in JavaScript?

I've seen a few other developers talk about binding scope in JavaScript but it has always seemed to me like this is an inaccurate phrase. The Function.prototype.call and Function.prototype.apply don't ...
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Parallelism implies concurrency but not the other way round right?

I often read that parallelism and concurrency are different things. Very often the answerers/commenters go as far as writing that they're two entirely different things. Yet in my view they're related ...
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What is the definition of “Big Data”?

Is there one? All the definitions I can find describe the size, complexity / variety or velocity of the data. Wikipedia's definition is the only one I've found with an actual number Big data ...
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Definition of “state”

What is a good way to define "state", as in state variable or state machine, to a new (previously non) programmer? What are some good ways to explain why this concept is useful for writing software? ...
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When programmers talk about “data structures”, what are they referring to?

When programmers talk about "data structures", are they only talking about abstract data types like lists, trees, hashes, graphs, etc.? Or does that term include any structure that holds data, such ...
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Is it fair to reduce OOP to mere hierarchical composition of data structures?

Meaning that OOP allows me to have data-trees, of arbitrary depth and breadth, with some leafs being functions (and those leafs would be called methods) ? Because everything else that people often ...
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Term for Performance Issues Due to Looping

Is there a term for performance issues caused by someone creates a loop that performs hundreds or thousands of actions that could have been done in bulk? My example is that I keep running into loops ...
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What is MVC, really? [closed]

As a serious programmer, how do you answer the question What is MVC? In my mind, MVC is sort of a nebulous topic — and because of that, if your audience is a learner, then you're free to ...
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What is “Problem Domain”

I have to document my program for a school project and we have section called "problem domain" but I have no idea what to discuss in this section. So the question is: What should be discussed in the ...
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PBI vs User Story

Recently an item has been added to the Product Backlog by product owner which says "When I go to login page from x page, I see an error. I want that error to be removed". It seems to me that this is ...
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What “Industry Classification” is Computer Programming?

Whenever I fill out a survey (especially, but not limited to trade-papers/mags/sites), there’s one question (or any derivation thereof) that always trips me up: Which industry classification best ...
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What is “friend” keyword used for?

Can you explain to me why the friend keyword is preferred for giving access rights to private data of class?
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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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Correct definition of the term “Yak Shaving”

The wiktionary has two different definitions: Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem. The actually ...