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Is there a reason for support multiple different releases?

I have a discussion with my team recently and I heard a suggestion for deploying multiple releases. Such as version (newest) and version (old). But I am thinking what would be the reason for customer ...
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Is smarter software necessarily bigger? [closed]

This is kind of a vague question so I apologize in advance. When software is "smarter", I tend to interpret that as really just saying that it covers more edge cases. First of all, is this correct? ...
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Universal Modules GUI Design

PROBLEM: GUI built above database entities usually consist of creator window (pane etc.), editor window, maybe grid or other view window. To represent an entity for user it usually requires building ...
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How can I store incomplete records but enforce data correctness?

I'm in the planning/design stages of a new project, and I'm having trouble coming up with a good way to handle one of the requirements: Users must be able to create a new record and save it as ...
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Ways for a young programmer to not feel intimidated at my first REAL programming job? [duplicate]

I'd like to state first that I'm a 19 year old programmer living in Portugal, and have recently started my first REAL programming job. I say "REAL" because at my previous jobs, I was normally the ...
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MVC URL structure with URI parameters

When creating routes for your MVC web application I have seen two possible ways to pass variables to a controller method: With the first approach the variable is passed to a parameter of the ...
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Software design: recommend approach to avoid slicing/type erasure here

Here is a concrete minimal example to formulate my question : In small ball game, you have a physics engine that moves the objects regularly: void move(set< PhysicalObject* > objets, Duration ...
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Why do python generators and functions share the “def” keyword?

Consider the following: def some_function(): return 1 def some_generator(): yield 1 In the code above, some_function is a function, while some_generator is a generator. They look quite ...
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Architecture for Web application to monitor remote servers

So I'm a relatively new programmer, attempting to create a web application (ASP.net) to display the system information (E.G. Status of windows services, disk & resource usage and errors in event ...
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Single Class to Serve as View Model as well as Container for Submitted Form

I see the following design in the code which is part of the default web application project in visual studio: A single data model class in constructed and decorated with various data validation ...
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How do you test a selenium framework?

I have a very large selenium test framework I use to test a web application. It it built around a page-object pattern. This week I fixed a bug in a low level piece of the framework, but it broke many ...
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What are good habits for designing command line arguments?

While developing the application I started to wonder - How should I design command line arguments? A lot of programs are using formula like this -argument value or /argument value. Solution which ...
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Packages : opposing forces of reusability and developability

In choosing the classes to group together into packages, we must consider the opposing forces involved in reusability and developability. Balancing these forces with the needs of the ...
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System Decoupled in the Wrong Places: Meta-Problem? [closed]

At a meta level, I often find that when I grow a codebase organically, parts of the system that I eventually find need to know about each other (at least through some interface) have been mercilessly ...
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DDD Request Validation Handling

I stuck somewhere that I can't find a solution! There are plenty of validation questions here, but as far as I see, most of them were asking about entity validation. But what about request validation? ...
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Single Responsibility - is this class doing too much?

I'm redesigning one of my programs which performs certain actions on processes of interest (known as "Monitored Processes" in my program). Some actions I always need to do on those processes are: ...
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Design periodic batch notification system

Problem: I am trying to design a system which takes requests from customers in real time and log them in a database. For example - request to purchase an item. The customer then gets a unique ...
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Enum with a lot of boolean properties

I'm currently working on a webapp where we often need to condition some server logic based on the page that is going to be returned to the user. Each page is given a 4-letter page code, and these ...
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Standardized Data Structure Interface

I want to work with a variety of data structures (arrays, singly/doubly linked lists, sorted structures, etc.) on a plug-and-play basis. For example, I want to be able to easily swap in and out the ...
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Parameterization vs subclassing

Example taken from : Agile software development : principles, patterns and practices A new employee is added by the receipt of an AddEmp transaction. This transaction contains the employee's name, ...
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How unit test service method that use repository method

For service methods that call repository methods to interact with database how could I unit test these service methods? For example, public function updateSlideshow($data){ // do some logic ...
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Making more than one instance of factory that is supposed to be singleton

However, there are some classes that should have only one instance. Sometimes they are factories, which you can use to create the other objects in the system. If more than one factory ...
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C++ Virtual destructors used only when there are virtual functions

This is from Effective C++ (Meyers): Classes not designed to be base classes or not designed to be used polymorphically should not declare virtual destructors I don't understand why ...
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Best design to create dynamic set of questions(controls ) in silverlight web application?

I have around 15 templates (this will grow) and each template will have around 10-15 questions. Each question can have answers in different format like text box, list box, dropdown, radio button etc. ...
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Is it a bad idea to put externally dependent logic in ORM classes?

Case in point in Entity Framework, but this is a design question which has applicability to any ORM. In the current application we have a couple of ORM data classes which do stuff not directly ...
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Alternative to Anemic domain objects (Simple example provided)

I want to model (TV)Events and Reminders and I’m wondering what’s ‘the best’ way to model this. The requirements are roughly When an Event has no Reminder, a Reminder can be created When an Event ...
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Given a herd of horses, how do I find the average horn length of all unicorns?

The question above is an abstract example of a common problem I encounter in legacy code, or more accurately, problems resulting from previous attempts at solving this problem. I can think of at ...
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Domain Driven Design - designing Aggregate Roots

Imagine you're designing an application for organizing Workshops. Workshop itself is quite complicated - it acts as a state machine with multiple possible states and transitions between them. We're ...
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Interface Segregation Principle: What to do if interfaces have significant overlap?

From Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices: Pearson New International Edition: Sometimes, the methods invoked by different groups of clients will overlap. If the overlap ...
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Personal pages domains architecture

We're looking to add personal pages generator for our users, which is simple enough while all of them are on our domain. We also want to enable them to purchase their own domains through us, and serve ...
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Is there a design pattern to remove the need to check for flags?

I'm going to save some string payload in the database. I have two global configurations: encryption compression These can be enabled or disabled using the configuration in a way that either only ...
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Do we need to validate entire module usage or just arguments of public methods?

I've heard that it is recommended to validate arguments of public methods: Should one check for null if he does not expect null? Should a method validate its parameters? MSDN - CA1062: Validate ...
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Programming to Data Oriented Interfaces

There is a portion of our codebase written in the following style: // IScheduledTask.cs public interface IScheduledTask { string TaskName { get; set; } int TaskPriority { get; set; } ...
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How does an product order payment works during a race condition?

This is a pretty generalized question which I am asking. Scenario 1 I have a product 'Pen' which has a quantity of 1. Now 2 users a and b has come to buy the product.User 'a' clicked on buy now and ...
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How to solve circular dependency?

I have three classes that are circular dependant to each other: TestExecuter execute requests of TestScenario and save a report file using ReportGenerator class. So: TestExecuter depends on ...
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Entity Component System Coupling

Lately I've been working on a small personal project which is basically an Entity Component System framework with autoupdated Systems. While I have a pretty good idea on the way the framework should ...
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Handling interface segregation in C++

I'm designing a "view" handling system for a game. The goal is to be able to have different "views" that can be shown in sequence or stacked on-top of each other. For example, the initial splash ...
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Good design: How much hackyness is acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prototyping vs. Clean Code at the early stages I'm right in front of a difficult decision. I have a problem in my codebase (it's in C++), which I could solve in two ...
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Refactoring a long method which is based on large number of switch cases [duplicate]

We are using Java as a backend development language. One year back, we wrote a method which uses switch cases based on Enums values. Since we are continuously adding enum members and according adding ...
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Getting a button click from a circuit board to display in a table on a PC [closed]

I'm thinking of making a project in my free time whilst I'm away from university. The idea is that I am a swim coach and I want to record swimmer's times over 2 lengths. So I'll click start on my ...
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When is a circular reference to a parent pointer acceptable?

This Stack Overflow question is about a child having reference to its parent, through a pointer. Comments were pretty critical initially of the design being a horrible idea. I understand this is ...
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Deleting a domain object and ensuring any remaining references are subsequently unusable

If I have a domain class with an instance method Delete(). What is the best way to ensure that any leftover references to an instance that has "deleted itself" are subsequently unusable? This ...
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Overriding Equals in an unbrittle way

I have a class WorkflowItemSearchCriteria whose instances represent a set of values and references that will be used to return a filtered result set of workflow items based on the given search ...
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Implementing an interface when you don't need one of the properties

Pretty straight-forward. I'm implementing an interface, but there's one property that is unnecessary for this class and, in fact, shouldn't be used. My initial idea was to just do something like: int ...
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How does having too many instance variables lead to duplicate code?

According to Refactoring to Patterns: When a class is trying to do too much, it often shows up as too many instance variables. When a class has too many instance variables, duplicated code ...
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C# .NET MVVM software architecture and naming conventions

I am currently working on a software using C# .NET and WPF with the MVVM pattern. Though the software is almost done, I have been discussing our architecture for a long time and I would like to get ...
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Is it better to team up with a designer, or to piece out design work to a contractor?

I am clueless when it comes to design but I am proficient in programming. If you are a programmer who lacks visual design skills, what has worked best for you -- to pair up with a graphic designer or ...
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DAO design for writing big XML file on database

I am currently working on JavaEE application (Spring, Hibernate). I have to put a big XML file (more than 1 gigabyte) on a relational database (Postgres). The application does not use batch ...
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Project is nearly done, but procedural spaghetti code. Do I rewrite or just keep trying to ship it? [closed]

I'm a beginner web developer (one year of experience). A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company whose owner is not much of a tech guy. He ...
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Pass request as argument to service client vs. pass service client as argument to request [closed]

I need a design recommendation: I have a class that send a http request via another class WebServiceHandler() I am hesitating between the following two implementations, which one to choose?which one ...