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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...