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Is there a Design Pattern for preventing dangling references?

I was thinking about a design for custom handles. The thought is to prevent clients from copying around large objects. Now a regular handle class would probably suffice for that, but it doesn't solve ...
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Interconnect nodes in a Java distributed infrastructure for tweet processing

I'm working in a new version of an old project that I used to download and process user statuses from Twitter. The main problem of that project was its infrastructure. I used multiple instances of a ...
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Design for an interface implementation that provides additional functionality

There is a design problem that I came upon while implementing an interface: Let's say there is a Device interface that promises to provide functionalities PerformA() and GetB(). This interface will ...
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Architecture driven by users, or by actions/content?

I have a question about designing MVC app architecture. Let's say our application has three main categories of views (items of type 1, items of type 2...). And we have three (or more in future) ...
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Significant amount of the time, I can't think of a reason to have an object instead of a static class. Do objects have more benefits than I think? [closed]

I understand the concept of an object, and as a Java programmer I feel the OO paradigm comes rather naturally to me in practice. However recently I found myself thinking: Wait a second, what are ...
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Infinite loop with a singleton - does this type of issue have a name?

I ran into an unusual error while working on my project. To better learn from and remember it, I'd like to know if this type of error has a name or some definition. (The error itself OutOfMemoryError ...
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Callbacks: when to return value, and when to modify parameter?

When writing a callback, when is best to have the callback return a value, and when is it best to have the callback modify a parameter? Is there a difference? For example, if we wanted to grab a list ...
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Synthetic database records

Assume we are getting some statistics from a customer which we analyse and we send our comments to the customer. Now, the customer tells us that the statistic they computed between January and March ...
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Is there a common programming term for the problems of adding features to an already-featureful program?

I'm looking for a commonly used programming term to describe a software-engineering phenomenon, which (for lack of a better way to describe it) I'll illustrate first with a couple of ...
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Handling Types for Real and Complex Matrices in a BLAS Wrapper

I come from a C background and I'm now learning OOP with C++. As an exercise (so please don't just say "this already exists"), I want to implement a wrapper for BLAS that will let the user write ...
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How to design console application with good seperation of UI from Logic

Is it considered an overkill for console application to be design like MVC , MVP or N tier architecture? If not which is more common and if you can link me to simple example of it. I want to ...
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Is it good practice to keep 2 related tables (using auto_increment PK) to have the same Max of auto_increment ID when table1 got modified?

This question is about good design practice in programming. Let see this example, we have 2 interrelated tables: Table1 textID - text 1 - love.. 2 - men... ... Table2 rID - textID 1 - ...
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How are the conceptual pairs Abstract/Concrete, Generic/Specific, and Complex/Simple related to one another in software architecture?

(= 2 (+ 1 1)) take the above. The requirement of the '=' predicate is that its arguments be comparable. Any two structures are comparable in this case, and so the contract/requirement is pretty ...
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Is it feasible and useful to auto-generate some code of unit tests?

Earlier today I have come up with an idea, based upon a particular real use case, which I would want to have checked for feasability and usefulness. This question will feature a fair chunk of Java ...
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Should interface only be used for behavior and not to show logical data grouped together? [duplicate]

Should an interface only be used to specify certain behavior? Would it be wrong to use interface to group logically related data? To me it looks like we should not use interface to group logically ...
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“Collection Wrapper” pattern - is this common?

A different question of mine had to do with encapsulating member data structures inside classes. In order to understand this question better please read that question and look at the approach ...
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Are sequence designs appropriate for GUI button design?

Specifically, I have numerous buttons that will be changing color based on state information from operator input and input from various subcomponents and sensors. I would like to use UML or some ...
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Clean way to use mutable implementation of Immutable interfaces for encapsulation

My code is working on some compost relationship which creates a tree structure, class A has many children of type B, which has many children of type C etc. The lowest level class, call it bar, also ...
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Flags with deferred use

Let's say I have a system. In this system I have a number of operations I can do, but all of these operations have to happen as a batch at a certain time, while calls to activate and deactivate these ...
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Using packages (gems, eggs, etc.) to create decoupled architectures

The main issue Seeing the good support most modern programming platforms have for package management (think gem, npm, pip, etc), does it make sense to design an application or system be composed of ...
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Best practice to collect information from child objects

I'm regularly facing following pattern: public abstract class BaseItem { BaseItem[] children; // ... public void DoSomethingWithStuff() { StuffCollection collection = new ...
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Designs for outputting to a spreadsheet

I'm working on a project where we are tasked to gather and output various data to a spreadsheet. We are having tons of problems with the file that holds the code to write the spreadsheet. The cell ...
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Should I always encapsulate an internal data structure entirely?

Please consider this class: class ClassA{ private Thing[] things; // stores data // stuff omitted public Thing[] getThings(){ return things; } } This class exposes the ...
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Scenario to illustrate how unit testing leads to better design [closed]

For an internal training session, I'm trying to come up with a simple scenario that illustrates how unit testing leads to better design, by forcing you to think about things like coupling before you ...
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Inheritance vs containment while extending a large legacy project

I have got a legacy Java project with a lot of code. The code uses MVC pattern and is well structured and well written. It also has a lot of unit tests and it is still actively maintained (bug fixing, ...
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Architecture or Pattern for handling properties with custom setter/getter?

Current Situation: I'm doing a simple MVC site for keeping journals as a personal project. My concern is I'm trying to keep the interaction between the pages and the classes simplistic. Where I run ...
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How to fix poorly designed software? [closed]

I am working on large project solo as a hobby, and I made a mistake in the very beginning: I jumped right into programming without giving a second though to design. Now I am nearly 6 months in and ...
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Is using partial classes for supporting multiple versions of data entities for continuous delivery scenarios a bad idea?

When you want to have continuous delivery any data schemas that you have must support multiple versions of your application at the same time (as you may have multiple version deployed when new ...
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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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Best way to find whether a collection does or does not contain an element with a specific desired quality

It seems to be a very common thing to have to tell whether some list or set contains at least one object matching a given condition, yet my prior searching and reading have never found a satisfactory ...
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automated acceptance testing / BDD & workflow for designing a system

Recently, I started reading the book Specification by Example, which relates to automated functional testing and BDD (from what I've understood till now). I've tried using Concordion (.Net), and ...
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How significant is the impact of the type system (static/dynamic) on the overall design of programs? [duplicate]

Coming from Java, I've never used a language with dynamic typing. I'm very used to the static-typing way of thinking. My question is, how much does the use of dynamic typing as opposed to static ...
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Conception and design before coding: how much is this true? [closed]

I learned at school as well as I read everywhere else that a good development methodology needs conception and design before coding properly. That is not a new information even for a beginner ...
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method of validating sanity of order dependent values received asynchronously

I have a series of hardware devices that I'm connecting to create paths through. I have some sanity checking to make sure if potential paths are valid and will do what is intended, but to do it ...
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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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MVC pattern synchronisation

I am facing a problem in synchronizing my model and view threads I have a view which is table. In it, user can select a few rows. I update the view as soon as the user clicks on any row since I don't ...
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Designing unit tests for a stateful system

Background Test Driven Development was popularized after I already finished school and in the industry. I am trying to learn it, but some major things still escape me. TDD proponents say lots of ...
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Should I follow the normal path or fail early?

From the Code Complete book comes the following quote: "Put the normal case after the if rather than after the else" Which means that exceptions/deviations from the standard path should be put ...
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How to design the relation between a Game and a Player in a game?

I am currently attempting to make a Trading Card Game and I have got a whole array of features working already, yet I am stuck now at the portion where one player can attacker another player (more ...
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Should I feel “uncomfortable” using auto in C++? [duplicate]

C++11 features the new auto type declaration, allowing you to work with an object without ever knowing its actual type. I use only strongly typed languages - C++, Delphi (Object Pascal), Go, etc and ...
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Website as an API client vs using the API only when needed?

I'm developing a website (using Django) which will depend on an API for it's main functionality which is create/update/delete objects. But the API also provides: User sign up and login User ...
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How to handle errors best addressed in a higher abstraction layer and dependent on state inferred in current layer?

I have a use-case that can be repaired, but the logic for repairing it is best done in a higher level of abstraction. Just throwing exception/failure is ugly because it's hard to pass back up through ...
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How to employ amatuer knowledge of software architecture and design in an agile manner? [closed]

I have a problem when designing any application that is either greenfield or a refactored brownfield due to often finding a potential flaw or an uncertainty with the design or architecture that I ...
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pattern to share objects between API and application

I'm having serious doubts about the design for my Web application. I wanted to separate the business logic from the interface so I made a Web API that handles all the requests to the database. It's ...
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Adapter Pattern: Design Patterns

So far as I know, there are two forms of the Adapter Pattern: the class adapter and the object adapter. Could someone please explain to me the following limitation of the class adapter and why it is ...
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Organizing an image processing pipeline for on-the-fly video analysis

I'm trying to design a system that performs image analysis on video streams from the internet. I have a few rudimentary ideas for how to organize such a system, and I was hoping you guys could ...
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Strategies to manage multiple clients able to simultaneously edit same data

How can I deal with situations when multiple clients might edit same object at the same time? For example, I have a web app with admin console, which lets you edit profile data. Several users want to ...
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Collaboration between a Graphic Designer and Expression Blend developer? [closed]

I'm new to the programming world and also a little bit confused. My brother would like to work with me on some program. I'm a graphic designer so he asked me for UI and all it's elements. I would ...
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Merging around 15 small Git repos of non-optional centralized web service components to a single large repo

In a centralized web service we break down the components into various small Git repos by software modules, e.g. authentication module, authorization module, data access module etc. (around 15 repos ...
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AngularJS: structuring a web application with multiple ng-apps

The blogosphere has a number of articles on the topic of AngularJS app structuring guidelines such as these (and others): http://www.johnpapa.net/angular-app-structuring-guidelines/ ...