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What is an effective way to record rationales behind product design decisions?

At our company, we do not use any product design documents. We have three employees total so all product design discussion happens in person, or on Slack. (We are also on the basic Slack package that ...
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Aspect Oriented Programming: When to start using a framework?

I just watched this talk by Greg Young warning people to KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. One of the things he suggested is that to do aspect-oriented programming, one does not need a framework. He ...
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What are the dangerous corners of Qt? [closed]

There's nothing perfect under the sun. Qt is no exception, and it does have limitations: we can't use pixmaps in a thread other than GUI, we can't use QImage with 16-bit-per-channel image format, ...
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What rationale is used when programming language designers decide what sign the result of modulo operation takes?

Going through Modulo operation (the avenue I entered while exploring the difference between rem and mod) I came across: In mathematics the result of the modulo operation is the remainder of the ...
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Should I let my users write BnfExpressions to extend my grammar?

Preface I'm designing a templating language (please skip the don't/why?? speech). One of the major goals of this language is to be extensible. There are 2 main elements in my language. "Tags" and ...
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Top-down vs Bottom-up approach when designing a class library

I am designing a class library to represent western equal temperament music theory concepts for the purpose of composing notated music with code (I realize there are other libraries and programs for ...
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Rule of thumb for deciding which class a method belongs to

For example, imagine a website which stores results about a certain sport or game, which has a typical "season" structure, such that there's both a Player and a Season class. To retrieve a player's ...
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How do you decide between putting the code in the database or putting the code in the application? [closed]

For the sake of argument: Let's assume the application we are building is an amortization schedule. Let's also assume that the database has a table called tblAmortizationPayments that stores the ...
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Java language constructs to enforce design decisions

What constructs in OOP languages (specifically Java) allow you to enforce design decisions and intent? I think some examples would be the 'final' keyword, access modifiers, template methods, perhaps ...
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How do I use decision tables to prioritize between objects - or should I do something different? [closed]

I have a case similar to this one: Multivariable decisions The difference is, that it's not a single decision I need to make but more like I have a pool of (let's say 10 object) where each object has ...
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Minimize useless tweaking of a numeric app [closed]

I'm developing a numeric application (nonlinear optimizer), with a zillion knobs to tweak and rising. It's not my first foray into this domain, but this time there are even more variables in the code ...
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Use the latest technology or use a mature technology as a developer?

I would like to develop an application for a group of people to use. I have decided to develop using python, but I am thinking of using python 2.X or python 3.X. If I use python 2.X, I need to upgrade ...
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Data persistence for transactional customer emails

I'm developing a system to handle sending transactional emails to our customers. This is how it works: An event occurs during the order's life cycle, for example 'shipped' This event will trigger ...
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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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Learning About Different Architecture Set Ups [closed]

I'm sorry in advance if this isn't a good fit here, as it is a pretty open-ended question. In a nutshell: where / how / when does one learn about application architecture(s)? Normally for web ...