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trigger chat across multiple devices?

I am building up a chat app. I am struggling with the idea of syncronizing the chat messages in real time. My Scenario : trigger chat messages(incoming and outgoing) on multiple devices? ...
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How do I create the windows explorer kind of search bar with QT [on hold]

I am currently writing a program with QT using sqlite database and I need to write code to query the database and I want it to be like the search bar in Windows. such that as the user types, it brings ...
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Handle server-side/client-side when for showing missing information as placeholders

I have a database table which stores Incident details. Each Incident can have an image saved for it. There are some Incidents which will not have an image for it. I have an API which pulls the image ...
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Better way than scrolling a long list [migrated]

I have a mobile app that allows you to browse lists of songs: [a][b][c][d][e] Elvis - Song 1 Elvis - Song 2 Elvis - Song 3 Ernie Wood - Song 4 You can jump to the letter to filter based on the ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Algorithm to test file equivalence

I'm writing a program that needs to test if a file is equivalent to one or more other files. To accomplish this, every time we see a new file we stat the file and get the size. We use the size as a ...
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adding model specific CRUD operation web api endpoints

Are there are any major design flaws / smells in creating a web api as described below The models I have public class CourseModel { public String Name {get; set;} public ...
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Explicitness, verbosity and their counterpart - when to prefer which?

I'am the only one in my team who advocates for adding a little implicitness in favor of codebase reduction and decreasing repetition. Yet I don't want to be a biased 'Bad apple' playing against ...
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How to model and store an entity which has “one or more” values

I'll use C# to design the model to be persisted Let's suppose I have the following entity: public class Episode { public int Id { get; set; } public string Title { get; set; } public ...
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Is there something as a bug-free application? [duplicate]

We are developing an application that goes through many testers before reaching our client. Finally, when it reaches the client, they find some more bugs and report to us, and this has become a ...
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Design of a datamodel in a OO way

I'm looking for some advice how to design a datamodel in OO way (C++ in special). My problem: The user input in runtime is a 1D matrix A = (a0,...,an). The program creates - on the basis of A - ...
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Is it OK for an interface to only communicate half of how something should work?

I have a service where certain other services can report their status to. By status I don't mean whether they are running or not, but whether they have received data. The point is that other services ...
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What is the best way to remember a successful execution over several program calls?

I'm working on a build process, that is called manually over the command line. To check if it exited unsuccessfully during the build I want to set a lock file (symbolic link) and remove it on ...
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Suitable software development method/model for R&D Projects

For Research and Development (R&D) project, what type of software development method / model more applicable/suitable? For example, my recent R&D project has several parameters: Requirement ...
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ADT design choices

How do you go about deciding which of the following two representations (in F# syntax) is the right choice in a particular situation? type Choice = A of string | B of string Or: type ChoiceKind = ...
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Track a series of choices with a single number

I want to track a series of scored questions in a single number (the total score). Is that possible? and how? For example, I have 30 questions with either 3 or 2 choices. For any given question, the ...
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Saving an object via a method of its own or via another class?

If I want to save and retrieve an object. Should I create another class to handle it, or it's better to do that within the class? Or maybe mixing of both? Which is recommended according to OOD ...
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Is it bad to use DI to inject constructor parameters at runtime?

These are two classes, the first one I inject an instance of type IEngine while the second one I inject owner's name, tickets and engine. Version 1: public class Car { public Car(IEngine ...
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Decentralized Data Management - encapsulating databases into microservices [closed]

I've recently been taking a course on Software design and there was a recent discussion/recommendation about using a 'microservices' model where components of a service are separated into microservice ...
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Introduce Data Transfer Objects or expose complex data model in REST

We are working on an MVVM application. Jersey (backend) exposing a REST interface and AngularJS (frontend) being the only consumer of this interface. The application uses a complex database model ...
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In MVC should a model contain subview models?

Some background: A colleague and myself have different interpretations of MVC which means, given the same problem, we are coming up with radically different solutions. He comes from a Java background ...
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Creating a calendar/planner program. Confused about OO logic?

I'd like to create a piece of software that has the functionality of a common written planner. To do this, it will have a Calendar. When planning the program, I became confused as to how I would ...
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How to programmatically connect to a particular PC of unknown IP from a WiFi network?

I want to connect and transfer data between a PC and an Android device both of which are on the same local WiFi network. I cannot use the local IP as such in the code to actually get the connection ...
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How to handle a memory consuming member variable

Suppose multiple objects of the same class should do something which takes a memory consuming resource. Which of the following approaches is recommended to define and use the resource by the objects? ...
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Should a web app for a service access its data via its own API or directly?

I'm building a service that will consist of mobile and desktop apps, which will require me to build my own RESTful web API to easily keep the data for the service in sync. I am also building a web ...
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Member variables versus. state variables? [closed]

Sometimes we declare a member variable in the scope of class but we could do the same by providing input to and getting outputs of the functions. I am learning that member variables are to hold the ...
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Should Form Object be considered a DTO?

I got this from one of online video tutorials. Author binds form data not to Value Object directly, but first to validable DTO, and THEN to Value Object, using service. Example: package ...
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How do you handle versioning in a multi-sided project?

I know it's a broad question so I'll try to be as specific as possible. This question is more an "organisational" question than a technical one. We have a multi-sided project with these main ...
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Incorporating web designer's into a rails app

I have a designer who has great knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Not jQuery or AJAX though). He gives me his designs in those files and I have to incorporate it into my apps. The site is not ...
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Unique_ptr to hold memory for custom VM

I work for a company that use a custom DSL and my job is to port the VM to C++. I'm trying to do this in compliance with the C++11 standard so i use auto when appropriate, the new for syntax, etc. ...
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Design for a shared checkout

I am currently working on a ecommerce system that is slightly different in structure to a typical ecommerce system in that you have multiple stores, accessing the same database from different URLs. ...
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Should simple tasks be divided into separate functions? [duplicate]

If I have to write a simple program (25-35 lines), should I divide it even further, in functions which have a few lines and get executed max. 2 times, or to put it all im one? e.g. if I need to add ...
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Design architecture and software for webapp integrating with few other endpoints (Email Server, Jira, CRM system)

In my upcoming project, I need to integrate a webapp with few other endpoints. Main duty of the webapp will be some kind of thin-client for inner JIRA system for company. Moreover, I'll need to ...
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Bad Practice using Auto Generated Classes for Data Access

I've seen this before but haven't found concrete reasons. When you add Entities to your EF model, EF auto generates classes for these entities. In terms of DataAccess, why is it preferred to not ...
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Should an object load itself?

although I'm programming in C++ for some time now, I'm always faced with design decisions (probably due to the language's flexibility). One such problem is deciding if a method should be part of the ...
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Is it normal for a programmer to not have 100% clarity over their own code at times? [closed]

I'm not an expert programmer so this may be why, but I've come to notice that whenever I create complex code (like a Chess game I recently made), I am able to write the correct code to get the program ...
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Async properties in interfaces to cater for the possibility of expensive first-time evaluation: Is this a good idea?

First of all, sorry if this post is too long. I'll start with the… Short version: Is it generally advisable or a good idea to design an interface property as asynchronous simply because we cannot be ...
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Long-term strategy for implementing a plot auction system [closed]

I am currently working on an auction system. It works as follows: A business places a bid on a plot for a house. many houses make up a single plot e.g. plot 7 corresponds to a number of houses in a ...
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How to determine which service to call

I have modeled my application using multiple 'user' domain objects. Candidate Recruiter Administrator Each entity extends from an AbstractUser implementing UserInterface. interface UserInterface ...
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Communicating between unrelated components/objects

Imagine that I have a game, with Monsters, Missions, Vehicles, and of course their controllers and such, so a Monster class, Mission Controller class, Vehicle Controller class and so on. Suppose that ...
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How to solicit new product recommendations from existing clients?

My company is working on developing a new product that is similar (but larger in scope) than our existing, primary application. It will incorporate most of the functionality of our current application ...
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Using entityManager/repository Class/session factory directly in controller

I wonder what is your approach on following subject: let's say we have MVC structure with entities, repositories, controllers and service layer. My approach to use above was pretty clear for me: ...
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Need to refactor file downloader and post processing utility [duplicate]

Not sure whether this is the right forum to ask this but here goes. Using this solution - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26571351/replacing-if-else-logic-with-state-strategy-pattern I was able to ...
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Inheritance, Composition and Protocols

I'm reading a book on general object oriented concepts to try and gain a solid understanding of everything. One thing that is throwing me off is the difference between Inheritance and Composition. I ...
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Null Object Pattern and Input validation - copy real implementation or silently accept everything?

I have a WifiComponent in my Camera in my client application. It's responsible for handling the Wifi-related functionality of the Camera. The Camera represents a real world camera. This WifiComponent ...
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Should we use data object (or the data transfer object) for sharing data between these three classes?

I found an article by Martin Fowler that has made me doubt my design choices, particularly about data objects. Martin Fowler has written an article about what he thinks is a code smell. In this ...
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OO Design Question - Library/Objects for API which includes id references

Public api: getClients / getClientById - returns a json object like: { clientid: 1, name: "Client1" } getProjects / getProjectById - returns a json object like { projectid: 5, name: ...
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How do you keep control in a large software project? [duplicate]

I've a large-ish software project that I'm the sole developer for (~80KLOCS and counting - I know there are much larger projects out there, but it's an order of magnitude larger than I've ever had to ...
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The Python module-as-singleton hack

I've seen (and once used) this idiom a few times in Python: # At the end of a module: if __name__ == '__main__': main() # or whatever your entry point looks like, this line isn't important else: ...
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Mocking the context of application

We have a context of the application which is a static class named Holder containing several static properties initialized by objects that are used throughout the application. All over the unit tests ...