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How to avoid churn when you are defining a schema while others are trying to program against it

I'm in charge of defining an XML schema for some data; the plan is to have various systems (all under our control) upload XML files that match this schema to a central server for processing. I don't ...
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How do you write good software while learning a language? [duplicate]

Quick background: I'm in an advanced C++ course for a study abroad program. The problem is that I don't have any background in C++. I have a modest C background, but I'm starting to think I have ...
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Why we should (not) develop on a server via RDP

I have a client who is requesting that we develop their fairly small web application directly in their environment by RDP to the server that will host the app. They have had a contractor do this for a ...
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What is the difference between use case, user requirements and user stories? [closed]

I'm wondering what the difference is, and at what stage these different terms are used within the Agile/Scrum methodology? use case, user requirements and user stories Am I right in thinking they ...
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What is a “real” education in programming? [closed]

Looking for well defined explanation that is based on a statistically significant correlation to what "real" world programmers are paid to do as a team and what they are told to learn; not for ...
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Developing an big system in a a small company [duplicate]

I'm doing this one anonymously. Our company manufactures some kind of machines and also has a software department, which I'm part of. Our philosophy is mostly to have in-house software and ...
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Trying to understand what Travis CI does and when it should be used

I am very new to Git and I am planning to contribute to some open-source project on GitHub after discovering a small error in it. Upon forking it and fixing the error, I purposed a pull request and I ...
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Most of programmer work deals with mapping? [closed]

During all my work I've been working with ORM, WS, integration services, viewmodel and so on. The common stuff in all these kind of work is that I had to make mappings and not always the available ...
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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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How to introduce testing in the development cycle

In our company, we are only two IT staffs, and I'm the only developper. I'm developping rich intranet applications using plain php and extjs as javascript framework. Our development cycle is usually ...
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Difference between incremental and iterative approach [closed]

The Incremental approach is a method of software development where the model is designed, implemented and tested incrementally (a little more is added each time) until the product is finished. It ...
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Is it conventional to raise a NotImplementedError for methods whose implementation is pending, but not planned to be abstract?

I like to raise a NotImplementedError for any method that I want to implement, but where I haven't gotten around to doing it yet. I might already have a partial implementation, but prepend it with ...
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Developing code editor with python and gtk

I'd like to start writing a code editor for Python / PHP using python and gtk library but I need some advice before I start: In a general way, how is best to do syntax highlight? I was viewing the ...
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How to prepare for rewriting an application's glue [closed]

Assume you have a project that (in your opinion) is mostly decently well written, modularized, etc. and you want to keep much of it's functionality. However, an essential portion of this project is ...
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What should I do when I've already waited too long between commits?

I was naughty... too much "cowboy programming". Now, here I am with an enormous commit. Yes, I should have been committing all along, but it's too late now. What is better? Do one very large commit ...
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How to handle not-quite-legacy code? [duplicate]

This is a frequently asked topic... And I have read through many posts, articles and am about to read the book Working Effectively with Legacy Code, but before that and mainly because it will take ...
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Refreshing website design and architecture

I have a website that is build with asp.net web forms. I would like to refresh design (using css, html5, responsive design) and also change it from web forms to asp.net MVC. To me this is more of a ...
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Backend development philosophy

I feel kind of lost in this backend development process I am attempting right now. Most of the usual development practices I use while developing client-side applications don't apply here... Let me ...
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How to put lessons learned, good practices, etc into the “work flow”

As the title states it, I would like to get some suggestions about putting knowledge into action. We have many additional requirements that concern: coding practices feature development (all of them ...
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Quality Assurance (Testing) in Scrum

I just had a Release Retrospective for my scrum team. We talked a lot about our release process. I pointed out that because our company is not able to tolerate bugs in our production environment ...
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Does anyone have experience with a difficult customer? [duplicate]

We have a reoccurring conflict with one of our larger and strategically important customers. The company (let's call them "C" for now) sells and distributes technical articles, everything from ...
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Can someone explain the V Model process? Why is it different than the Waterfall model?

It seems the V Model is just the Waterfall Model with the bottom half of the Waterfall bent upwards to form a V. I don't see how it adds anything new. From the diagrams, I also don't understand the ...
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Good idea to put bug numbers in a comment in the beginning of the source file? [closed]

Is it a good practice to put bug numbers in the file itself inside a header comment? The comments would look something like this: MODIFIED (MM/DD/YY) abc 01/21/14 - Bug 17452317 - npe in drill ...
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What development process encourages frequent releases (rolling code to a live site), as well as developer individuality

Some quick background - we don't have PMs or upper management breathing down our necks about status of features, etc, as we almost always deliver ahead of time and have built up a high level of trust ...
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Valve-style management for all consumer software projects

Valve is one of the more successful software companies in the world and one can argue that a major part of their success is due to their lack of management structure. So why is it then agile, kanban, ...
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Deploying Database Schema changes in a patching process [duplicate]

I am facing a conceptual development methodology problem that I was hoping you could help me with. Firstly, a little bit of background. Background The project I am developing is a niche application ...
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How to integrate unit testing process into legacy software development process? [duplicate]

I'd like you to share your insights of how have you successfully turned the direction of rotting legacy code base to modular application design where it's easy and useful to add unit tests? What I'm ...
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Software process of small company [closed]

I'm wondering how should testing take place in small teams (or start-up teams). I'm talking 5-10 developers that are assigned to multiple development tasks. From my experience there is little to ...
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Debugging checklists: How much it's necessary to have? [closed]

Should making debug-checklists be an essential part of development process? How it can be integrated with unit-tests? Update Debugging checklist: Think about it as your troubleshooting checklist -- ...
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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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I cant get myself to sit down and start coding [closed]

I spent the last 5 months working my regular job (qa) and developing an android application in the evenings. Now we were in two week vacation for Christmas and I spent the whole time developing my ...
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Can you call yourself a programmer if you don't understand how a computer works [duplicate]

I don't know about you, but I have very little understanding about what goes on in the computer box. To me, it's just a black box (maybe white or gray or flashy green for others), and it does its ...
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How do you assess your Agile compatibility? [closed]

After adopting Agile for a while now, we started to think that we can improve how we do Agile. But for starter, we need to know how well are we doing now and to identify the problems in our current ...
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How to minimize merge conflicts when using non-lock VCS like git?

I have been using git for about four months now. While I like most of its features, I find it rather inconvenient that multiple developers can make concurrent changes to the same file and then a need ...
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Connecting a native iOS app to backend and database

I have a good amount of experience working with objective-C and making iOS apps that work locally and with BaaS providers (Parse.com). However, I'd like to take my mobile development to the next level ...
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Making Agile and DevOps methodology compatible with PCI requirements [closed]

Would like to hear from those working in a PCI compliance environment and is practicing agile development and devops methodology, how you maintain compliance with PCI requirements. Specifically, what ...
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Collaborative work (small team) - Best practices [closed]

I'm currently working in a very small team of programmers (2-3) and I'm looking for advices/best practices on how to organise our work. We're all working on the same application using PHP. Today we're ...
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where do you track team Decisions [closed]

I have been on many development teams and as the team matures decisions about direction are made. These decisions often come back up over and over. Like why don't we fill in this field why didn't we ...
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Managing p/t consultants like Open Source contributors?

I just assumed tech lead for a project which has had a problem with its very part-time (maybe 2-5 hours / week) contractors: submitting code that brings down the production app, pull requests that ...
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Is it good practice to put bug analysis and fix code in bug report?

When I fix a bug I mention briefly what was the issue and in which revision its fixed. But this way nobody would know how much tricky the issue was and how much effort went in analysis and findings. ...
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Assigning Blame for Bugs versus Giving Rewards for Fixes [duplicate]

In a team that I used to work for, there was a policy that if you introduced a memory or other resource leak, you got a 'dummy of shame' hung on your door until you found the next resource leak. ...
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Hyperlinked, externalized source code documentation

Why do we still embed natural language descriptions of source code (i.e., the reason why a line of code was written) within the source code, rather than as a separate document? Given the expansive ...
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Should user documentation include screenshots? [duplicate]

This question focuses on user documentation, not on code documentation. I just finished my software project, and the people I work for are expecting me to write user documentation, describing ...
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How can I organize my data flow to process a good program solution? [duplicate]

My main problem when trying to form a program is that while I have the tools at my disposal, I am too disorganized to properly use them to solve my problems. Often my process is simply trial and ...
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Can everything in computing be classified as either data or a process?

Working in a field called "revenue assurance" I basically build systems to validate other systems. After a while in this market it seems to me that all these "validations" are verifying either a ...
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What are the most crucial categories of content to organize into an internal developer portal in a large company? [closed]

I have been tasked with organizing all of the company's internal content currently spread around sharepoint, a markdown reference manual and confluence into a single cohesive and usable portal in ...
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Developer thinks they do not have to follow standard development process [duplicate]

How do you deal with a senior developer who does not think that the company standard way of developing software applies to them ? For instance: Will ask other developers to do work by email, ...
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How can I stop myself overwriting member variables with 'new' ones?

The bulk of my programming experience has been with C++ and (shudder) FORTRAN (I'm a scientist not a programmer as such, but I do my best). I've recently started using python extensively and find it ...
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Tool for programmers team [closed]

I'm looking for a tool for team of programmers. Generally we are split in two groups, we are building two applications on the same framework and in the same moment we are building the framework. I'm ...
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Is it a good idea to use a kitchen-sink server for various services?

My (new) development team is setting up its software development environment. I won't describe the whole scenario, since that's another, much-maligned question. Anyway, we're going to have services ...