Questions about problem solving and planning for a solution through software design.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
2answers
92 views

Decoupling external dependencies

We have a simple REST webapp which is dependent on multiple external services, mostly Kafka messages. An attempt was made to isolate external dependencies by encapsulating all external interactions in ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Using events and event subscribers to create windows in a desktop application

I should probably open this by saying I do mostly Web applications at work, which obviously have some major differences from typical desktop stuff. I had a small Windows Forms program I'd made for ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Compiler design prevent register override

I'm trying to write a compiler for a self-designed CPU with accompanying instruction set. The CPU has 3 registers, 2 input registers (B and C) and one output register (D). When for example an ADD ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

Feedback on simple authorisation system design

I'm writing a fairly simple authentication/authorisation api for an intranet application we are developing. It's my first roles based authorisation system and its a good opportunity for a first ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

Best practice for settings for PHP class for code generation [closed]

I would like to have a class creating any code from given options and output it in a chosen way. I have written class for generation of simple JavaScript code for such cases where is needed to ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

AGPL affects layout/design?

I've read many times AGPL3 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html) but I have a question, maybe somebody with a deeper knowledge can clarify me something. I would like to use a source code which ...
1
vote
1answer
114 views

What's the best way to create a two-level library, containing a class with different levels of abilities?

I would like to create a library consisting of two layers, lets call them A and B. There should be a class "Sample" in layer A. Layer B also knows about class "Sample" and enlarges it by some methods. ...
0
votes
0answers
102 views

Advice on program performance after changes

So, the situation is like this: For the past two years, I have implemented a class in c# which is used to filter different fields from different tables in database (SQL), for reporting purposes. Now ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Design solution for currentUser object behavior in the SDK

Background Our team working on the SDK to give third-parties access to our service. The basic functional is moving around the current logged-in user. Basically we have a User class with static ...
4
votes
2answers
235 views

Having an discussion about security concerns with another software engineer [closed]

Background: The company I work for uses different systems to hold their insurance data which is customer related. They want to have an app for their customers where they can find their insurance ...
12
votes
3answers
434 views

Is it better to guard the method call or the method itself?

I am writing an application and I got to this point: private void SomeMethod() { if (Settings.GiveApples) { GiveApples(); } if (Settings.GiveBananas) { ...
3
votes
1answer
127 views

When should feature rebranding be followed by model and code renaming? [closed]

In a product we are rebranding a feature. For example, we have tweets and we are rebranding it to news. On the code side we have tables and structures like tweet, user_tweets, favourite_tweets and so ...
1
vote
3answers
119 views

Is a TCP client/server a good solution for a system which can be controlled by a GUI running on multiple platforms?

Consider a software which runs on a dedicated system (basically a Linux box), and controls some machinery. The system has all the required hardware interfaces for the task. The software also has a GUI ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

How to get dual UI for an ionic app?

I would like to get some suggestions for building a new app. This app has two faces/UI to it, buyer/seller. Users would have same account, and it would be seller and buyer. Its something similar to ...
4
votes
3answers
202 views

How to use a strong type system to model business constraints?

Following up on my ambiguous question, here's a question that is probably more focused. Consider the following code snippet form a Haskell program: data NightWatchCommand = InvalidCommand | ...
3
votes
0answers
117 views

Log with Application Insights only (NLog vs AI) in Asp MVC

I was going through several blog posts and stackoverflow and programmers and I am still a bit confused. You can install NLog (or some other logging lib) and start logging quite fast and then you can ...
2
votes
1answer
109 views

Does it make sense to have a user specified thread limit?

I'm developing a C++14 application and would like to take advantage of the new multithreading features, in particular std::async. I have seen a number of applications which allow the user to specify ...
0
votes
2answers
184 views

Efficient Repeating Alarm Clock in Low Level Language like C

I was thinking about it and I was curious as to how one would code an efficient repeating alarm clock in C? Would you set an alarm time and then offset the time with the ms time equivalent of a day ...
3
votes
4answers
239 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
228 views

Handling Multiple Collections in C#

I'm currently trying to learn C# and want to enhance my understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP). I'm hoping to accomplish this by experimenting with a small program that keeps track of my ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
145 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
167 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
164 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
137 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
244 views

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: ...
9
votes
1answer
322 views

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 ...
121
votes
5answers
8k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
146 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
148 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
139 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
221 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
97 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
471 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
84 views

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 ...
26
votes
10answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

How to represent data objects gradually getting augmented in a pipeline [closed]

I'm working on a Scala data-processing program. Essentially we start with a collection of many small data objects, say, (eventId: String, basicInfo: Basic) and gradually filter out some objects and ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
198 views

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; } ...
6
votes
3answers
301 views

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 ...
16
votes
8answers
3k views

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 ...
16
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
745 views

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 ...
24
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
90 views

Persistence Strategies - Filling a cache strategy

Let's say I have an interface IDataAccessObject<TSource> with CRUD methods to access a data source. I have an implementation StrategyDataAccessObject<TSource>, which uses an strategy ...
21
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
109 views

Does my design break modularity and loose coupling?

I want to know if my implementation is modular and loosely coupled such that pieces can be replaced easily. Any concrete class that extends the abstract class HexGridLayout will be expected to ...
6
votes
3answers
156 views

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 ...