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Should simple tasks be divided into separate functions? [duplicate]

If I have to write a simple program (25-35 lines), should I divide it even further, in functions which have a few lines and get executed max. 2 times, or to put it all im one? e.g. if I need to add ...
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Async properties in interfaces to cater for the possibility of expensive first-time evaluation: Is this a good idea?

First of all, sorry if this post is too long. I'll start with the… Short version: Is it generally advisable or a good idea to design an interface property as asynchronous simply because we cannot be ...
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Design architecture and software for webapp integrating with few other endpoints (Email Server, Jira, CRM system)

In my upcoming project, I need to integrate a webapp with few other endpoints. Main duty of the webapp will be some kind of thin-client for inner JIRA system for company. Moreover, I'll need to ...
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Bad Practice using Auto Generated Classes for Data Access

I've seen this before but haven't found concrete reasons. When you add Entities to your EF model, EF auto generates classes for these entities. In terms of DataAccess, why is it preferred to not ...
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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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Properly design program database to reflect organization structure

I'm having trouble setting up my program's database the 'right' way. I was hoping you guys could give me suggestions on doing it properly. I am creating a database+client for a non-profit organization ...
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Separating UI from logic

I'm trying to develop a little game and for this I'd like to separate the UI from the game logic. So I'm thinking of using an "Animator" class that will be responsible for rendering the objects, but ...
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Is it normal for a programmer to not have 100% clarity over their own code at times? [closed]

I'm not an expert programmer so this may be why, but I've come to notice that whenever I create complex code (like a Chess game I recently made), I am able to write the correct code to get the program ...
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Using streams as method parameters and/or return types

So let's say I have a 'Transformer' interface that can transform one file-type to another. Let's say I also wish to use streams to provide the data to the Transformer. Which is the approach that is ...
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How deep is enough to represent an algorithm in UML sequence diagram?

I have three simple classes. LoginController, UsersCatalog and User. UsersCatalog has an array of User. I have to represent a simple process of login. LoginController has a method login(username, ...
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How do quick & dirty programmers know they got it right?

If you ask programmers why they should write clean code, the number one answer you get is maintainability. While that's on my list, my main reason is more immediate and less altruistic: I can't tell ...
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Is it a good idea to design an architecture thinking that the User Interface classes can be replaced by a command line interface?

In Code Complete page 25, it's said that it's a good idea to be able to easily replace the regular user interface classes by a command line one. Knowing its advantages for testing, what about the ...
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How to solicit new product recommendations from existing clients?

My company is working on developing a new product that is similar (but larger in scope) than our existing, primary application. It will incorporate most of the functionality of our current application ...
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Communicating between unrelated components/objects

Imagine that I have a game, with Monsters, Missions, Vehicles, and of course their controllers and such, so a Monster class, Mission Controller class, Vehicle Controller class and so on. Suppose that ...
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Using entityManager/repository Class/session factory directly in controller

I wonder what is your approach on following subject: let's say we have MVC structure with entities, repositories, controllers and service layer. My approach to use above was pretty clear for me: ...
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Implementation Coupling

This question is regarding Interface Segregation Principle Best-Practices. I use abstract examples below, but the question arises from actual code I've seen that performs what I can only call ...
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Need to refactor file downloader and post processing utility [duplicate]

Not sure whether this is the right forum to ask this but here goes. Using this solution - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26571351/replacing-if-else-logic-with-state-strategy-pattern I was able to ...
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What is the simplest human readable configuration file format? [closed]

Current configuration file is as follows: mainwindow.title = 'test' mainwindow.position.x = 100 mainwindow.position.y = 200 mainwindow.button.label = 'apply' mainwindow.button.size.x = 100 ...
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Does this Decorator implementation violate the Liskov Substitution Principle?

Please consider the following implementation of the Decorator design pattern: WordBank objects store strings and return them to the client through the method getWords(). The decorator class, ...
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Inheritance, Composition and Protocols

I'm reading a book on general object oriented concepts to try and gain a solid understanding of everything. One thing that is throwing me off is the difference between Inheritance and Composition. I ...
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Should we use data object (or the data transfer object) for sharing data between these three classes?

I found an article by Martin Fowler that has made me doubt my design choices, particularly about data objects. Martin Fowler has written an article about what he thinks is a code smell. In this ...
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Null Object Pattern and Input validation - copy real implementation or silently accept everything?

I have a WifiComponent in my Camera in my client application. It's responsible for handling the Wifi-related functionality of the Camera. The Camera represents a real world camera. This WifiComponent ...
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OO Design Question - Library/Objects for API which includes id references

Public api: getClients / getClientById - returns a json object like: { clientid: 1, name: "Client1" } getProjects / getProjectById - returns a json object like { projectid: 5, name: ...
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How can one manage thousands of IF…THEN…ELSE rules?

I am considering building an application, which, at its core, would consist of thousands of if...then...else statements. The purpose of the application is to be able to predict how cows move around in ...
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How do you keep control in a large software project? [duplicate]

I've a large-ish software project that I'm the sole developer for (~80KLOCS and counting - I know there are much larger projects out there, but it's an order of magnitude larger than I've ever had to ...
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Entirely separate business logic layer from MVC

We are currently refactoring our controller methods in ASP.NET MVC application. At the beginning we've separated data access layer (our goal was to remove LINQ from controllers entirely). Now we are ...
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The Python module-as-singleton hack

I've seen (and once used) this idiom a few times in Python: # At the end of a module: if __name__ == '__main__': main() # or whatever your entry point looks like, this line isn't important else: ...
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Design of high performance file processing web application

I'm trying to design a web app with ability to scale but can't wrap my heads around few concepts. I want to design it right but im not a experienced programmer, i have more of a system engineering ...
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OOP CLI menu structure organization?

This problem has kept me from pursuing a project I'm working on because it influences the entire structure of the application. This question has been briefly touched on here, but I feel that it wasn't ...
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How does a search functionality fit in DDD with CQRS?

In Vaughn Vernon's book Implementing domain driven design and the accompanying sample application I found that he implemented a CQRS approach to the iddd_collaboration bounded context. He presents ...
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Should ORM data access methods be wrapped or used directly?

We're using an internally-built ORM. Each table is represented by a Model class, which inherits from a base model class that has a handful of methods like GetAll, GetWhere (to get rows with specified ...
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Store an object's name in the object or externally?

I'm in the process of building an application which needs extensive logging of points in time at which certain events happen. For example when it renders a sequence of different shapes to the screen ...
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Software to access GSM Terminal, sending and receiving AT commands, validating results

I am currently implementing a software that uses a GSM terminal to perform actions. Actions can be sending messages, checking balance, receiving status report messages, setting the pin, ... The ...
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Having many versions of an application [duplicate]

Basically the scenario is this: There is one main version of an application but it is modified for each client. The development is usually through the version that is currently worked on All the ...
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How to clean composition root from anything other than object construction?

I'm doing poor man's DI (manual injection) in my application. My (pseudo-) composition root looks something like this: var connectionSettings = new Settings(SqlParameters) var dataLoader = new ...
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Naming of classes [closed]

I am creating an Email sending client. My POJO domain model conssts of 2 string fields, userName and userId. My thought process around designing the classes was to club these 2 fields into a domain ...
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Managing allocation calendars for an employee set [duplicate]

IN view of creating a MIS (Management Information System) one architectural/design issue that's confronting us is managing allocation for set of employees. Scenario: Employees get allocated to ...
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How to design multiplayer online game with a battlefield?

I'm designing a simple game where all players use one battlefield via browser. I'm using websockets. So I'm wondering should I always send all data about battlefield to every user when smth is being ...
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Design - Parser.hasInfo(MyClass) vs MyClass.hasInfo()

I'm working on a document processing system. I feel confident with a Document class which represents each document being processed. The issue: Each Document can have a CoverSheet, and if it does, ...
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How to store an object state/data for later processing?

What do you think would be the most effective solution to maintain an object status through a life cycle? The goal to be able to be continue from any state any time. During the life cycle likely to ...
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How can I write these services using SOLID and keep them easy to test?

I am trying to write a couple of classes using SOLID principles and having some trouble. The problem is quite simple. I have an application that tracks leads. Leads are created when events are raised ...
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Heterogeneous Associations - Data Modeling When an Object that Must Relate to One of Many Classes

Suppose you have 3 classes: ClassA, ClassB and ClassC. Now suppose you have a class Message. You want a one-to-many relationship between each one of those three classes and the Message. The goal is ...
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Generics in low level languages

I'm developing a language like Vala and OOC that compiles back to C. This means that, eventually, every feature needs to be adoptable to C code in some way or another. Generics is one of the features ...
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Are design patterns really essential nowadays?

I was reading "Coders at Work" and have faced the fact that some of the professionals interviewed in the book are not so enthusiastic about design patterns. I think that there are 2 main reasons for ...
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Autoreleasing objects in Reference Counting Systems

I'm experimenting a bit in C and I'm trying to implement my own Reference Counting System. I've mainly worked with Objective-C in the past but AFAIK autoreleasing objects is something that is unique ...
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What is the term (“metric”) for the degree of unstructuredness due to many changes? [closed]

Is there a specific term (name of a "metric") that represents the growing level of unstructuredness (or just plain badness) of a s/w component that is caused by too many changes, by too many people, ...
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Software design guidance - Local and Global Nhibernate session in Orchard

I'm trying to find a better approach with my design for some software that works with Orchard CMS framework and NHibernate sessions. The code below serves the purpose for a single session per HTTP ...
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Should one value simpler code over performance when returning multiple values?

I'm too often facing situations where I need to get several types of information from a method. I usually think long and hard to circumvent these situations but I'm thinking it's pointless work that ...
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Should session variables be avoided?

I used to heavily rely on session variables in the past, but have recently found many of them to be unnecessary, using things like query string parameters instead. A colleague of mine refuses to use ...
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Creating n tier application [closed]

I am new to design patterns. I want to learn constructing 3 tier architecture. I have searched but confused at some points. In this article ...