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Do I have the wrong idea about software engineering? [closed]

I have a question which has been raised by my latest job (rather intern). Just to put things into context - I'm 21 and I've finished my 2nd year of university before that I've had around 2 years of ...
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Graduate expectations versus reality [closed]

When choosing what we want to study, and do with our careers and lives, we all have some expectations of what it is going to be like. Now that I've been in the industry for almost a decade, I've been ...
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Extreme Programming: how long are iterations supposed to be?

I was researching about Extreme Programming, and started reading a book by Kent Beck called Extreme Programming Explained. There he mentioned practices and principles one of which confused me. It said ...
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Requirements and Documentation in Agile

My company has recently started to take on smaller software development projects. Typically small web applications to be used on a client's intranet. They are usually 3-5 months work in total. ...
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Moving from a traditional waterfall methodology to an agile one [duplicate]

My development team is in the process of 'going agile' and lot of people are looking at each other blankly, not really too sure what it means. All management are saying is 'start working agile' ...
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Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? [closed]

Most programmers defending methodologies politically correct like Agile, Waterfall, RUP, etc. Some of them follow the methodology but not all of them. Frankly, if you can choose the methodology, you ...
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When should you avoid iterative and incremental development? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading some literature about software development process models. Everywhere I look, I only read the problems with the Waterfall model and how the iterative and incremental development ...
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How to measure the potential value of refactoring

On an old, large project with technical debt how can you reliably estimate or measure the benefit of refactoring code? For example, say you have some components within a software stack solution ...
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How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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1answer
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MVC Controller - keeping methods small

I'm reading uncle Bob's Clean Code and it completely revolutionizes my programming style. In this book author claims that best methods are small methods. What about controller's action methods in ...
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How to setup an agile startup without the customer? [duplicate]

In agile, there is an emphasis on customer involvement. They provide user stories, provide feedback, and a lot of decisions are up to them. There are situations that there is no customer for the ...
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1answer
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Is it reliable to use and download libraries needed from GitHub and copy-pasting codes in order to increase productivity? [duplicate]

I'm just wondering. Is it okay or true that some of the best programmers once taught that to become an effective programmer is through being a lazy programmer rather than spend time memorizing lots of ...
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2answers
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Use and manage Front End Assets for Web

I am a beginner and am currently developing a kind of cms using PHP. The number of libraries that we can potentially use in the front end is large. I have a question about properly selecting, ...
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2answers
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Development on Android without using Java [closed]

As the title of this question suggests, I am looking forward to develop app(s) on Android platform without using Java at all. It doesn't mean I have some kind of vendetta against this beautiful ...
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6answers
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How to turn truth table into smallest possible if / else block

How can I take a truth table and turn it into a compacted if block? For instance, let's say I have this truth table where A and B are conditions and x, y and z are possible actions: A B | x y z ...
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1answer
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How common are use SDLC methodologies in real life? [closed]

My instructor told us that some programmers are not using SDLC methodologies for making a system. Because in our project, we used one of the methodologies. If we do not use one of them, maybe our ...
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1answer
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Suitable software development method/model for R&D Projects

For Research and Development (R&D) project, what type of software development method / model more applicable/suitable? For example, my recent R&D project has several parameters: Requirement ...
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1answer
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When to use packages or Repositories in Laravel?

I'm a Laravel (PHP) developer, and new with DI, Packages (workbench) and Repositories (Pattern). I want to know about the best concept/methodology for a more flexible design; ie. the project can grow ...
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2answers
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Does scrum have any merit in defense contracting?

Overheard at the watercooler yesterday: "Scrum has no place in defense contracting." I tend to disagree in the sense that I believe Scrum can be tailored to work in many scenarios and I can see ...
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Best Development Methodology for One Person?

I spend a lot of time working on projects in which I am the sole developer, project manager, designer, QT person (Yes, I know... Bad!), and sometimes I'm even the client. I've tried just about ...
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4answers
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In general, should an organization adopt a single methodology or decide on a per-project basis?

I work for a company that, in my opinion, should be doing all of it's web development work in a fully agile manner. We have vague, competing ideas about the product at any given time. And we have ...
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1answer
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Is there any software development methodologies for small teams?

I'm working in a big software company and I'm developing a big enterprise-level web-solution with a team of about 25 people (2 architects, ~15 developers, 5 QA engineers, couple BAs, project manager). ...
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5answers
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Could taking design lightly be a pitfall of agile methodologies causing constant rework or is it a misunderstanding of the methodology?

I've been working for a year now in an agile project to redesign an insurance application. I really like working in an agile environment, although management and analysts I work with still have ...
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Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?

The two predominant software-development methodologies are waterfall and agile. When discussing these two, there is often much focus on the particular practices that distinguish them (pair ...
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1answer
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How to guarantee invariants / Inner logic in setter methods

According to DDD-principles I use factory-methods to create consistent objects and to ensure that the objects are in the right state. Now I'm in doubt about inner logic of setter methods. I'm tied up ...
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1answer
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What is “train” based development?

I ran across yet another new term in development methodology, and I haven't been able to find a definition for it. Specifically, it's called "train based development." Here are some examples of ...
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What is the minimum subset of best/well-known practices in software development for a solo programmer? [closed]

I've been the lonely programmer in my work for quite a long time. Usually I've read articles and posts about Version Control Systems Continuous Integration/Delivery Development methodologies: Scrum, ...
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1answer
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What semantics should be used when referring to waterfall and agile methodologies [closed]

I've just been involved in a debate regarding semantics of how to define approaches to the software development lifecycle. As far as I have been concerned, waterfall and agile are not methodologies, ...
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7answers
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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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7answers
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What do you deliver in the first couple of iterations in Agile?

As I understand, the idea with Agile methodologies is that you deliver something functional and you deliver it often. The application gets into its final shape increment after increment. But in the ...
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2answers
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Split skilled Scrum team

A Scrum team has been forced together and is feeling very uncomfortable. They are constantly saying that it is not working for them and that they are fed up with hearing the words Agile and Scrum. ...
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17answers
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Why aren't we all doing model driven development yet? [closed]

I am a true believer in Model Driven Development, I think it has the possibility to increase productivity, quality and predictability. When looking at MetaEdit the results are amazing. Mendix in the ...
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2answers
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Code Review tools - to use or not? [closed]

On my dev team, we're doing code reviews, however not in a proper way i believe. The issues our process suffers from: Not enough time is allocated for proper code review. Doing reviews is not ...
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2answers
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Is QA or testing a lot of overhead or not utilized properly?

From my experiences in software development (Eg. Waterfall ) I see it that most of the times it is the development team that sweats it out with the BA folk to get requirement clarity. The development ...
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4answers
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What is the purpose of the stand-up and its duration in agile methodologies? [closed]

I used to work in a waterfall methodology and now I am in a team that is following an agile methodology. It seems they are doing it wrong. For example, we have stand-ups that last 25+ minutes daily, ...
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Best way to break down overwhelming code into manageable chunks?

I'm continually becoming overwhelmed by large projects, once they reach a certain level of complexity. Once I reach a certain point in a project, my progress slows to a crawl and I find myself ...
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6answers
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object oriented analysis, missing methodology

I've studied design pattern and oop principles, still feel that there is something missing in most design theories. Maybe the fact is that there is not a 'theory' as it is in database design. Let me ...
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5answers
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Design in one team, coding in another

I will be involved in a project where all the software design is made by a local team and these designs are sent to an offshore team for coding. This is the first time I face a project with this ...
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2answers
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The difference between waterfall model and object oriented model? [closed]

Please explain the difference between the waterfall model and the object oriented model. Since the books and web sites that I've seen didn't provide much information about it, I need someone to ...
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3answers
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Why is Feature Driven Development considered an Agile methodology?

In several places Feature Driven Development (FDD) is called an Agile methodogoly - e.g. the Wikipedia entry on FDD. Yet in general, to be considered FDD it seems the following requirements have to ...
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1answer
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Extracting domain logic from the forms to which they are coupled?

Many applications do nothing to separate the interface from domain logic. I’ve been programming for a couple decades and have worked at more than a dozen shops and none of them have taken any measure ...
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2answers
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Approach of delivering “Logging API”

I faced a question in a .NET interview. As a client i need a LoggingAPI. How you go the approach of design and development and delivering Logging API to the client? I don't care about WPF or a ...
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2answers
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Formal study about trends and prevalence of agile vs traditional methodology in the industry [closed]

Has there been a formal study about the prevalence of agile vs traditional (e.g. waterfall) software development methodology in the IT industry? And how fast the agile share is growing (assuming it ...
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3answers
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Is the following diagrams correct for RAD and Agile methodologies?

I do not know if this would be the right stack exchange site to ask this question but I have been researching on RAD (Rapid Application Development) and Agile methodologies and was trying to find ...
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6answers
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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2answers
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I want to adopt an agile methodology - in a company that has NO process at all? [closed]

I'm in a team of two developers and currently we have no formal processes for software development and testing - I'd like to adopt one solo initially. Where I need some opinions is really on the ...
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5answers
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Should programmers talk with customers / users according to MSF / agile methods?

I've just read two statements that seem to be very different: Des Weiteren ist mangelnde Kommunikation zwischen Programmierern und Nutzern eine nicht zu vernachlässigende Quelle von unzureichenden ...
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1answer
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Hardware key removal on a test system

One of my company's applications still requires a hardware key to run, but we're currently in the process of removing that requirement and replacing it with an online check. The issue we are having ...
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4answers
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Are security exploits a fatality? [closed]

I'm asking this here and not on the security related site because this one is a question about "software architecture" and "development methodologies", which are both covered by the FAQ. EDIT: I'm ...
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Is it a good idea to do TDD on low level components?

I'm considering writing a low level driver or OS components/kernels. The osdev.org folks seem to think that the important bits are not meaningfully testable this way, but I have read some discussions ...