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Building CMS from components

I have a design decision problem and would like to have some thoughts on it. I'm building a CMS to use for my projects and want to incorporate existing components in it, like Doctrine, Monolog and ...
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Erlang chat app design?

I have a chat app made in node/socket.io. Scalability factors have made us choose Erlang/Ejabberd/xmpp and it will replace node/socket. I have a few questions: Currently using MySql for chat ...
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Implementing an anti-corruption layer with domain logic

I'm building an application that compiles a single PDF document from multiple source PDF documents as follows: it takes the first page of each source document, stamps certain information on top of ...
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Does Separation of Concerns applies to GUI components?

In an application I developed with C#, I use a webbrowser control, it should navigate to some websites, then I would like to extract some contents from the webpages. I do it by manipulation of DOM and ...
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Should the method describe its side effects? [duplicate]

I was reading Clean Code by Bob Martin and there's one particular code smell, related to naming, that looks interesting to me: N7: Names Should Describe Side-Effects Names should describe ...
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Object oriented Classes and single responsibility [duplicate]

I'm reading a book that explain that it is a good thing that classes have a single responsibility, that is, that they do a single thing. I can understand how to implement this in some cases I ...
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Running an algorithm against a large dataset

We have a python application which does a DFS search against data in a database. Right now, that data is small so I can hold everything in a python container but the data is going to grow and there ...
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What architecture/design to adopt when consuming a RESTful API? (iOS App)

TL;DR Part 1) I want to refactor the biggest part of the app on which I work - and it is pretty much spaghetti. It's a single class that makes the requests to the server, parses the JSON and saves ...
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What do design and implementation mean?

The words "design" and "implementation" have been used widely. But I am not sure that I understand them. What do design and implementation of a computer-related system (e.g. a computer system, an ...
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python: area mapping using trigonometric circle

I have a car controlled by a raspberry pi, I would like to create maps to each place it visits. The solution I came up with is simple. Lets say you tell the car to go forward and then after 5 minutes ...
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Content delivery design

I'm designing a system where users can access files stored in an external content storage service such as AWS's S3. Here's a simple diagram: ------ ------------ ----------------- | User ...
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How to make one test depend on the results of another test?

Let's say there is a utility class that provides some common static methods used everywhere in your code by many other classes. How would you design your unit tests for the consumers of the utility ...
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How is intermediate data organized in MapReduce?

From what I understand, each mapper outputs an intermediate file. The intermediate data (data contained in each intermediate file) is then sorted by key. Then, a reducer is assigned a key by 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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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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iOS chat application design, sending/relaying the message over to the end user

I have a design question. Let us say you were tasked with building a chat application, specifically for iOS (iOS Chat Application). For simplicity let us say you can only chat with one person at a ...
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In MVP, should presenters instantiate and control other presenters?

I've implemented an application using MVP with GWT, which is working out very nicely for views that have a single purpose. Now, it has evolved into views that are achieving multiple purposes in a ...
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Design, how to utilize The Hardware (multiple threads and/or GPU) while indexing (via a database) a very large set of binary files

Problem How can design my file parser to maximize the hardware when processing (creating meta data for) a large file (i.e. how to avoid being blocked by IO and running out of memory) preferably ...
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Should code comments explain the control flow?

Should comments explain how the application control flow works? For example, the relationships between classes, how this function is used by other functions, and what we are trying to do with these ...
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Why use a bool over more domain specific abstractions

Booleans are often used to model domain specific dichotomies. The most common example I can think of is the success or failure of an operation. It seems to me that a boolean must be interpreted in the ...
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API - How to handle scope based functionality?

TLDR; Where and possibly how should I implement scope based logic in the example code? I have got a ASP.NET Web Api. The Api uses OData (on top off REST) for data endpoints and OAuth 2.0 ...
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Nested REST urls and parent id, which is better design?

Okay, we have two resources: Album and Song. Here is API: GET,POST /albums GET,POST /albums/:albumId GET,POST /albums/:albumId/songs GET,POST /albums/:albumId/songs/:songId We know that we hate ...
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Best approach for a server configuration data collection and reporting solution from a legacy script?

I have a project which involves collecting config data from windows servers in our (very large) server estate. My manager wants me to collect over 150 data items across all configuration areas ...
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implementing dynamic query handler on historical data

EDIT : Refined question to focus on the core issue Context: I have historical data about property (house) sales collected from various sources in a centralized/cloud data source (assume info ...
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Creating a online database creator

I've been thinking of creating an online database creator (think DabbleDB, Zoho Creator, Intuit Quickbase, etc.). I've been thinking of a couple solutions: Have 4 database tables: Tables, Rows, ...
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Sets of pair parameters

I have the following class, this class like many rely one parameters coming in as a pair. Originally for convenience, I set them as params Object[] values and check if there is an even number of them ...
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What are some ways to get application settings from users into class objects that also follow proper design principles? [closed]

I'm really confused how to enable the user to apply application settings for an application they are using (that get consumed by to a class object) AND the method I need to use to get the settings ...
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Product Development Design - Customer specific changes [duplicate]

We are developing a web based product that will require customization for various customers. Customers tend to have different rules and nomenclatures, hence the customization requirement. The ...
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Problems with OO design for application with pluggable components

I'm trying to refactor an ugly code and make it easly extendable in the future. The application should be nothing else but a series of components that have input(s) and output(s). The components ...
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When NOT to apply Dependency Inversion?

I am currently trying to figure out SOLID. So Dependency inversion means that any two classes should communicate via interfaces, not directly. E.g. if class A has a method, that expects a pointer to ...
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can you have too many dto/bo - mapping method

I have a windows service, 2 web services and a web interface that need to follow the same path (data wise). So I came up with two ways of creating my solution. My concern is the fact that the ...
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Capturing mobile device system (output) audio

I'm trying to figure out a way to capture the system audio of an Android and/or Windows Phone. The idea is to provide a stream based on the music I'm currently playing on my phone. What I'm not sure ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that any physical quantity can be represented by a 64-bit integer without overflow or underflow?

The original binary search algorithm in the JDK used 32-bit integers and had an overflow bug if (low + high) > INT_MAX ...
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Should all public API POCO value-type properties be nullables?

I use nullable value types a lot when designing classes that have properties which may remain null, i.e. when the object is being persisted. For example: public int? MyProperty { get; set; } My ...
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Should a “secret access code” use the same security as a normal password? [closed]

Obviously, when you store a password, you should use something similar to bcrypt before you store it in in the database. But I have a client who wants to add the ability to add a "secret code" to ...
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REST API - Should API Return Nested JSON Objects?

When it comes to JSON APIs is it good practice to flatten out responses and avoid nested JSON objects? As an example lets say we have an API similar to IMDb but for video games. There are a couple ...
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Free Standing Functions in Global Namespace

When writing non-member, free functions, can they be placed in the global namespace so long as the signature specifies a namespace-scoped object? For example, in the code below, is "Example 2" ...
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How to implement a Web UI feature to insert default scentences in an textarea [migrated]

We are talking about implementing a system that easily generates sales reports for our salesemployees. We want to create a webapplication with one or maybe more textarea's to gather the inputdata from ...
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timed events to modulation of real-time audio

I am new very to audio programming and am having trouble figuring out the right kind of algorithm for converting control events (e.g. like MIDI) to real-time sound genesis with a buffer. At the ...
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Caveats of using String.hashCode() on a switch on java < 1.7

There are several cases when I want to switch over a String input. I decided for implementing something like: public Object doStuff(String param) { switch (param.hashCode()) { case 1234546: ...
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Is object oriented programming ALWAYS a good way for large projects?

Is object oriented programming always the good way for all types of projects? Is this methodology the best suited for large projects like compilers, interpreters and other large systems? Most of the ...
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Is it bad or good to wrap mutable objects in immutable containers?

If I have parts of code that need to mutate the underlying data structure but then others that consume, not mutate the structure, is it good practice to create a wrapper which does not expose mutation ...
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Should I avoid data duplication?

I'm trying to design a relatively simple ERP system. However, there are some requirements that complicate things a little bit: It must be possible to add all sorts of contacts to the people table, ...
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How is a dictionary better than a big switch, when mapping data to action? [duplicate]

Often times we see stuff like that in code: void myFunction(string someValue) { if (someValue == "a") { // ... } else if (someValue == "b") { // ... } else if (someValue == ...
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Separate Drawable objects and their Data

I am looking for a way to design my application. Suppose you had a car drawing thing. Car has multiple parts.Some are going to be visible some are not.For example battery should be drawn. So someone ...
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Get inspired by real world objects and their interactions [closed]

Based on this question I think while the aim of OOP is not necessarily to copy real world objects, they could be source of inspiration to design a software or solve a problem or even learn the OOP ...
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Would adding more digits be a way to scale a order generation service? [closed]

I am working on interview questions from Amazon.com Software Development Engineer Intern Interview Questions. One of the interviewees was asked "give a scalable system design of Amazon.com's order ...
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Making an automotive system more 'modular' in terms of software?

I am working on an automotive project that we are supposed to make more modular. I am a software guy and I have very little knowledge of automotive hardware.I dont have any requirements or details ...
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Typedefs to convey relations between classes

I'm wondering if the following use of typedefs is any good practice, or if there are any downsides to it. Basically I have alot of "data"-structs, which are intended to be used in (globally unique) ...
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Is it possible to avoid SQL injection by not using a Query Language for most tasks? [duplicate]

I'm coming at this from a somewhat beginners viewpoint so if this is an obvious question it's because I didn't know the right terms to search for. Are there DBMS's that provide an alternative ...