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Avoid opt(options) in javascript [closed]

A lot of frameworks, most like jQuery plugins uses the "optional" parameter. Basically a dictionary (or key/value structure) with a bunch of additional parameters instead of send in the parameter's ...
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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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Changing a design later down the track seems time consuming for its value

(For those who don't code, don't be intimidated by the code snippets in this question, they question is about approach to changing a design rather than the code design itself). Recently I put ...
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Should I always throw the most specific or should I try to generalize exception types?

Say you normally have FooException. /** * @throw FooException If Foo is invalid for searching. */ public bool exists(Foo a) But at some point you need to have two more specific exceptions for ...
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Too specific of namespacing/packaging

I'm about to start building a C# library for English and French morphology as a side project. The library will be later merged with other linguistic aspects (phonology, sentence parsing, etc). for ...
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What kind of base for Decorator: interface, abstract class, non-abstract

What should be at the top of inheritance tree of Decorator design pattern? I mean the base for both components and decorators non-abstract class: has data fields, implements methods abstract class: ...
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How to decide if object should request or receive data?

Deciding whether an object should request data (by calling a function) or receive data (by having a function called from another object) is probably dependent on the exact situation. So how do I ...
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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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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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How to evaluate the performance of a Data Access Layer b/w two ORM's?

I am currently working on a project where I am going to replace the Data Access Layer from a custom ORM to Entity Framework.(The product is almost complete and mostly any changes that will follow ...
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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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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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Approach to designing a workflow web app that contains some automation

I have been tasked with creating a web application which will provide end-users with a self help workflow, asking them questions and skipping to another part of the workflow depending upon the ...
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Who should write the Technical Design Document? The BA or the Developer? [closed]

I work as a Snr. BA in a large Manufacturing company and I've just implemented a new Requirements Management Process. We have a large range of internal developers who in the past have never been ...
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Clojure NameSpace Design

I am new to Clojure and trying to get a handle on organizing a project's namespaces. I am working on a solver for the knapsack problem. Currently, I have broken the modules into files, but everything ...
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How should I handle database failures in a web application? [duplicate]

I'm developing a simple RESTful API using Go's Goji framework (although this question is language-agnostic), in which parameters from the URL are queried against a PostgreSQL database. Here's how it ...
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When designing a data structure, should I implement very inefficient operations for convenience?

(I've added the .NET tags because the data structures are for .NET, and this question should be considered in the context of the conventions for that platform.) I'm writing a library of immutable and ...
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Converting a one-to-many xml design to a many-to-many

I have an xml file format that looks something like this: <topLevelTag> <category name="foo"> <item attrib="value">ItemName</item> <item ...
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Abstracting the data in a relational database. [duplicate]

While working with data, which is in a relational database I came up with this issue. At first, I was just writing helper functions to retrieve A SPECIFIC data I needed for the current problem but it ...
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Program design - how to improve it and how to avoid coupling (Python)?

In the Python program structure below there are two modules with functions. Problem description: Functions are used inside other functions all over the place. Strong coupling (dependency). For ...
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Is it okay to expose implementation components in a library?

I'm writing a library for general consumption (It's free software and open source). Is it okay to have a visible namespace (e.g. Library.Implementation) for implementation-only components that remain ...
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Include system timer in use case diagram

Here in my use case diagram, an sms will be sent to a referenced person by the applicant automatically by the system when an applicant fills up and submits a form. Here as the SMS sending is ...
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Function naming design in a C Library

I'm writing a C (c99) library that operates on strings. I'm having a design problem writing functions that will perform in different modes. For example; the Find function can search for: the ...
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Class design for JSON serialization

I've been stuck for some time on a circular reference issue with JSON serialization. I have a card game that I'm pickling to a redis store. As I retrieve the Game state from redis I'm trying to ...
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Filling the gap between Conception and Unit Test

I am stuck trying to do TDD. I'd rather seek the counsel of others who have gone before rather than waste time with trial and error. QUESTION: What diagrams / exercises / development processes can ...
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Representing a “Belongs to” relationship in an API endpoint

Consider the following pseudo code models: class Post int Id string Title int CategoryId Category Category class Category int Id string Name Note that Post belongs to ...
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Is there a list of common usernames to reserve in a new system?

I need to reserve usernames in my new website. These generally fall into three categories 1) usernames no-one should have (eg: admin, user, service, help, root, etc) 2) names of super famous people ...
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Are there any problems with implementing deleted usernames this way? [closed]

I have a requirement to implement usernames for an application for login purposes. The requirement specifies that the registry associated with the user/username in the database must not be deleted. ...
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Optional Member Data

I am creating a strong binding of an XML specification and I am essentially trying to "flatten" the specification as much as possible, so that it won't feel like you are manipulating an XML tree. ...
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Java System class implementation

The Java System class contains various data members and methods that make perfect sense being there. For instance: System.in (variable) System.err (variable) System.out (variable) System.exit(int) ...
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What is the correct approach for creating an application around a library?

I have a library that defines messages. In my particular instance, it's autogenerated code from an XSD using JAXB (Java). The messages can be very complex, with some members as objects and those ...
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Best way to analyse a large class before refactoring it into smaller classes?

Foreword I'm not looking for a way to refactor a large spaghetti code class, that topic has been covered in other questions. Question I'm looking for techniques to begin to understand a class file ...
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Methods of ordering function definitions in code

When I work on some programming project (usually command line application in Python with many switches), I'm usually creating about 30 and more functions. Most of the functions are in one file (except ...
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Front end first or Back end first. Of the two which is a Good system design pratice?

I have a client right now requiring me to develop a school enrollment system. Now this is the first time im having this kind of challenge. Most of the past software that i created are not that ...
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Implement a virtual tag on the database level

I have a set of objects, for which users manually applied tags, whatever they invented. I'd like to implement a task engine, where each task might be applied to objects from a tag. For convenience, ...
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Use interface or abstract class?

Now the title might seem like the question has been asked before but let me explain my situation and you'll see why I am asking this question. Let's consider this interface : public interface ...
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Javascript, Text Annotations and Ideas

I am very curious to hear input from others on a problem I've been contemplating for some time now. Essentially I would like to present a user with a text document and allow him/her to make ...
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Two Database Architecture : Operational and Historical

I thought about an uncommon database structure and wonder if anyone has seen it in use before. It's basically using 2 databases: First database hold only the data that is currently valid Second ...
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How do you maintain protocol of function return value in dynamic language?

In dynamic programming language like Python, Javascript, it's very easy to make a function return an object: def make_vector2(a, b): return {"x": a, "y": b} The 'signature' of the returned ...
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How to create good positive and negative images for opencv to distinguish smiling from not smiling? [closed]

My goal is to create an opencv haar classifier xml that distinguishes between me smiling and not smiling. I created images, cut them, showing me smiling and as negatives not smiling. About 5000 ...
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Extracting client specific code. refactoring possibilities required

I am facing a Design problem. I have a set of classes which writes data in XML,JSON or HTML formates for different clients. I have a class which receives Data and a XML, JSON or HTML writer as it ...
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Is SICP still relevant? [closed]

Today, I came across this book entitled:The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs I read the Table Of Contents and it really interests, me. It seems to be exactly what I've been looking ...
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2 Classes that share similar behaviours but unrelated.

I'm working on something at the moment and am a little confused. I'm working on an enquiry system in PHP (it's Opencart Based, so MVC). An enquiry comes in and depending on what form it was ...
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Don't repeat yourself vs do only one thing in a method

I am currently writing some test cases in python. I often end up calling the same two or three lines of code at the start of a test case in order to get the program I am testing going. For example: ...
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If Else - Repeated Code Logic

My boss gave me a project with a particular logic. I have to develop a web page which has to lead the navigator through many cases until he/she arrives at the product. This is the path scheme of the ...
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Why use an enum to determine node type in a parse tree?

The Sun Compiler Tree API uses an interface called Tree as the parent of all the different kinds of parse tree nodes (assignments, if-statements, class declarations, etc.). A part of this interface is ...
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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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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 ...