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Setting up an [AWS] environment locally

Currently, our infrastructure sits on AWS (EC2, ElasticBeanstalk, RDS) and consists of a few different services that work together to create our production environment, these consist of a: MySQL ...
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how to introduce a culture of quality into the work environment? [duplicate]

Currently we're not doing any code reviews and we have effectively zero unit tests (we have some but they are never run by anyone else other than myself) and there's no coding standards for style and ...
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VCS a Vagrant box [closed]

I have two computers (1 Laptop with Ubuntu that I use for development in 99% of my time but I also have a pretty much unused PC with Windows. I also have an unused server machine at home. I would like ...
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If using a VM as a development environment, should tooling live inside the VM or on the host?

There are a couple of questions already here for whether or not a VM should be used as a development environment. I don't wish to answer that question here but I'm assuming that a VM should be used as ...
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Is this the correct way to use Bower

I'm using Bower whereby I run bower install and it downloads dependency files to /bower_components directory. Then, I create symlinks from my /public/.. directories to the dist files: ...
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SQL Dev and Prod Environments

I have been tasked with setting up a SQL Development environment, and i was wondering if anyone has any advice on getting this right? So far, I have restored the prod DB onto another box, and ...
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Non Existent Keys Returning Null Instead of Exception

I have inherited a project from another developer, and it is riddled through and through with the following type of error: echo $data['example']; Notice: Undefined index: example Obviously, I'm ...
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How can I figure out if another project is mostly maintenance and bugs? [closed]

I started working in a relatively big company that unfortunately has its share of quite a lot of legacy code and I ended up spending an extra ordinary amount of time in maintainance and bug fixes. ...
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Why shouldn't you develop on production database? [duplicate]

I need help with organizing my arguments for why it's MADNESS to develop against production data. Backstory: I started working here six months ago and I noticed we're developing directly against ...
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Managing resource paths in source code

I suspect this is something that many of you guys have dealt with, and I'm certain there's articles on how to do it, but I cant seem to find them. My problem is that my various constant classes in ...
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Helping someone who is not and never will be a professional programmer write code that is more legible and usable to use and interpret [closed]

I am Elvis, trying very hard to learn to be Einstein. I work for Mort. What the hell is this crazy idiot talking about!?!? (You only need to read the first few paragraphs) If you don't feel like ...
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Environment-aware Code

There are situations where the deployed environment (development, test, or production, for example) might dictate the outcome of certain actions. For example, perhaps a successful "user registration" ...
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Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code? [closed]

I have begun working at a large software company and was assigned to a project that is over a million and a half lines of code. It's part of a program suite that is sold to clients (not an in-house ...
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What are some efficient ways to set up my environment when working on a remote site?

Hello fellow Programmers, I am still a relatively new programmer and have recently gotten my first on-campus programming position. I am the sole dev responsible for 8 domains as well as 3 small sized ...
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How can I integrate local web development environments with a central SSO solution?

We have a single-page web application, and we have a new SSO site (also our own) using OAuth2, and are looking to hook them up. On our production/staging/CI deployments, it's easy to hook everything ...
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Scalability of using environment variables

I just moved into the Ruby on Rails world and with it I am being introduced to much more liberal use of environment variables than what I have been exposed to in the past. Specifically, it appears ...
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Effective way of keeping past projects with their working development environment?

I find that whenever I want to go run a past project, it will take a long time before I can find it and before I have everything set-up again for it to be able to run. For example, I have python ...
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Purpose oriented user accounts on a single desktop?

Starting point: I currently do development for Dynamics Ax, Android and an occasional dabble with Wordpress and Python. Soon, I'll start a project involving setting up WP on Google Apps Engine. ...
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Solo developer vs. team developer : should I move on? [closed]

I work as a solo developer in a small company. There's more than enough work, but the same does not apply for money. Thus, I won't be seeing any new colleagues in the near future. I am responsible ...
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Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines [closed]

When forming opinions, it is a good practice to follow scholastic tradition - think as hard as you can against the opinion you hold and try to find counter-arguments. However, no matter how hard I ...
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Working in a company that does not comment their code at all? [duplicate]

I work for a small software development house (10~ developers, a few product managers and a few support staff) that sells various products and services to organisations internationally through ...
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Does following Agile methodology contradict programmers should have quiet working conditions (one of the Joel test)?

My organization is moving to Agile process of software development. As part of it, the developers and quality engineers will sit together with the cubicle walls scaled down. I am just wondering how ...
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Will working in IT limit your career prospects as a programmer? [duplicate]

I took a job working as an IT guy (SQL programming, helpdesk, etc.) because I had need of a job (to pay back student loans accumulated from school). I'm very happy to have a job, but I eventually ...
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Is it common to spend your first few weeks at a new job trying to fix your designated workstation? [duplicate]

I recently graduated from college and landed my first development job employed as a Junior Java Developer to develop a web application with Java, JBoss, Struts/Spring. I love coding and feel happiest ...
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Vagrant's Users: What are its drawbacks? [closed]

I've been studying http://www.vagrantup.com/ for several days and I'd like a feedback by people using it in a professional context or for personal projects. I think I get what positive things can ...
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Setting up a development environment in the cloud? [closed]

I'm interested in transitioning my development environment onto the cloud. I currently use VirtualBox with Vagrant to manage separate virtual machines for each individual project. What would be the ...
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Setting up a simple Ruby\Rails environment

I am coming from a .NET background and beginning my journey into the Mac OSX\Ruby\Rails environment. A lot of the resources I have found such as this one have between 5-10 steps for setting up a ...
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Best method to organize/manage dependencies in the VCS within a large solution

A simple scenario: 2 projects are in version control The application The test(s) A significant number of checkins are made to the application daily. CI builds and runs all of the automation ...
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How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies? [closed]

I was a freelance web developer until circa 2004 when I started going down the management route but have decided to try to get back into development again (specifically JavaScript and HTML5 web/mobile ...
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Shared Development Space

Currently the company I work in gives each developer their own development virtual machine. On this machine (Windows 7) they install the entire stack of the product (minus database) this stack is ...
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Mirror virtualized development environment

I work alone in some iOS projects in a local environment. I have been thinking in a way to be able to share my development environment between my Mac Mini and my MacBook. I mostly work at home in the ...
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Difference between Windows and Linux development environments? [closed]

I have an interview coming up soon for a Business Analyst position and the recruiter mentioned some feedback from a prior candidate that was interviewed who said the interviewers asked him what the ...
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How can we unify business goals and technical goals? [duplicate]

Some background I work at a small startup: 4 devs, 1 designer, and 2 non-technical co-founders, one who provides funding, and the other who handles day-to-day management and sales. Our company ...
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Productivity strategies for one developer using many PCs [closed]

In a talk about time management, a famous computer scientist said: "One machine in your life is the right number." He recommended a laptop with a docking station. After trying this approach ...
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Arguments for development environment being the same as production

Intuitively it seems appropriate that the development environment (and all test environments) be as close to the production build as possible. Are there any documented arguments in support of this ...
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How do you disarm a cowboy coder? [closed]

I found a question (code cowboy on the team), but it was more related to "Ninja Coder" then the problem that I have. I have a team member who is a pure living example of "Cowboy Coder". I do ...
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Environment naming standards in software development?

My project is currently suffering from environment naming issues. Different people have different assumptions as to what environments should be named or what the names designate, and it's causing ...
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Which is more important in a web application code promotion hierarchy? production environment to repo resemblance or unidirectional propagation?

Lets say you have a code promotion hierarchy consisting of several environments, (the polar end) two of which are development (dev) and production (prod). Lets say you also have a web application ...
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Working machines of developers - in what ways are they usually standardized or restricted? [closed]

My boss wants to introduce new guidelines for the computers in our company. This means that the software environments will be completely standardized with a predefined set of tools. The goal is that ...
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How to script the creation & configuration of a portable (vm-based?) Windows 7 dev environment? [closed]

I'm getting a new computer and would like to minimize the time spent configuring and maintaining dev environments on my various machines. To that end, I'm thinking that creating a vm with my ...
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Isolated environment for software stacks

I was sure that I would find this question, but I couldn't. How to create an isolated development environment? It other words, a sandbox, where I can install different combinations of web servers, ...
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Flexible development environments for creating a common code base targeting tablets (iPad/Android) and x86 PCs

Hopefully this won't be flagged for being too vague, but I'm really looking for suggestions from anyone with experience in this sort of situation. I work for a group that develops very specialized ...
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Which is the purpose of using a workspace in Aptana?

I almost always do web development with a simple editor like Geany or Notepad++. Recently I'm starting with Aptana, and I'm a bit confused about the purpose/benefits of the workspace. Why is it ...
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Versioning Within a Platform

I work with a few different web platforms, and my actual projects are typically quite small, and live within those platforms. The project files are scattered throughout the platform tree, which makes ...
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At what point should I have my Windows developers upgrade to the latest release of Windows?

At what point should I begin upgrading our developer's machines to a later Windows release? From experience, Microsoft typically has an epic fail about every other O.S. (I am really not trying to ...
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As a Junior Software Engineer should I say that something has been done wrong if I feel so? [duplicate]

I recently joined a company and it is my first job. When reading the code base, I felt that the code was not well written. It seemed to me that the code had most of the problems mentioned here and ...
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Is there an IDE for python that creates the same kind of reflective environment that Smalltalk provides?

As anyone who has used Smalltalk knows, one of the main benefits (other than a late-bound language that discourages many poor practices), is that the system is totally transparent and reflective, ...
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How do you limit whitespace differences for developers using different IDEs/environments?

I've used UltraEdit for years and never had a problem with sharing code with fellow developers whether they worked on Windows, Mac, Linux, Eclipse, Visual Studio -- what have you... But now I am in ...
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How to measure time lost due to environment problems?

I'm trying to determine how we can measure how much time the developers are loosing to poorly managed environment and inefficient ways-of-working. The goals are: Show managment how big the problem ...
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Good, simple reasons for having multiple environments

Throughout my career I had worked at companies that had a collection of different environments for different purposes. We always had more or less our desktop environment, a test environment, a QA ...