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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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Why create a Logger object instead of using static logging methods across an application?

Taking an example of a simple Ruby on Rails application. It creates a Logger object during application load process: # in environment.rb config.logger = Logger.new(<STDOUT | file | whatever>) ...
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What are the advantages of build scripts?

For most of my programming career, I've used the "build/compile/run" command in whatever IDE I'm working with to produce a runnable program. This is one button, pretty easy. As I learn more about ...
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Code review and testing in the process

I am thinking about the software development process of my team, more specifically, I am thinking about tests and code review into our development process. I came to the conclusion that, in order to ...
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Ipython3 development cycle

I am new to python (python3) and am using Ipython3 while writing the code just in my preferred text editor. I am not yet sure what is a good development cycle as I keep getting problems with reloading ...
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Has there been recent research on Fred Brooks's model of the “Surgical Software Team”? [closed]

I'm reading through The Mythical Man Month for the first time. In it, Fred Brooks* proposes a model of software development based on how a surgical team works. There is a "surgeon" (a senior ...
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Introducing a version control branching policy to a small team

I'm a contractor that has recently started with a firm. Team is 3 developers consisting of 2 junior to mid level devs, with another at the same level starting soon, and myself (6 Years xp). For both ...
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TDD in theory in only

A little over a year ago I was fortunate enough to be able to take a 9 month break from work. I decided that in that time time I would hone my C# skills. I started working on a bunch of projects and ...
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Defensive Programming - “Return” placement [duplicate]

Sometimes I see myself writing code in the following way: if(value == null) return null; //... I will have here as many defensive conditions (and returns) as I need //... Continue to execute method ...
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What are some (best) practices of organizing configuration data for applications? [duplicate]

I am working on an application (in php) that needs some rules to evaluate the labelling of some data. Since these rules might change someday, I decided not to hardcode them, rather handle them as ...
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What type of buffer should I implement for a one-way streaming audio device?

I'm working on a project where audio data is streamed to a device. The audio data is encoded via opus and streamed at 20 ms payloads at a time. The streaming is done via TCP to avoid packet loss ...
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Is there a software industry for converting old, outdated code to new standards? [duplicate]

There still are developers building and extending applications using languages like COBOL, since banks and other such organizations rely on ancient systems to power their day to day businesses. Some ...
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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 can I stop echo feedback when making a streaming microphone device? [closed]

I am developing a microphone device of sorts that streams audio to a receiver device with speakers. A person speaks into the device, and the audio data is played on the speaker. Since the person is in ...
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When designing a replacement application, how can I compare its performance to the original, if there are no existing statistics?

I don't believe there are any performance statistics kept for the application I'm being asked to replace, and don't want to ask the individuals doing the work to manually record things like how long ...
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what gets testers invested in the releases they test? [closed]

For a lot of roles in a development team it is pretty obvious how these roles are invested in the quality of releases of their software. Developers who accidentally write bugs know that when the call ...
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Partial or full changelog for release

When releasing a new version of a program is it better to include the full changelog since the beginning of the project or just the part since the last release? I know that the release notes would ...
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Approach to encouraging organizational adoption of new web dev tools [closed]

I'm attending the O'Reilly Fluent conference, and a clear theme I've seen is the widespread adoption of tools to improve effectiveness of efficiency in web development workflows. I readily recognize ...
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How do I remove the history from items that come from a branch operation in SourceGear Vault?

We are currently pulling down the Development version, renaming it to the release name, such as "2.0.0.0", and using "Add files/folders..." on the folder containing the Development folder, and adding ...
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How do you get complete manual testing by QA in a git/hg flow development process?

I have a question about working with independent testers doing manual testing (not about automated unit and regression testing.) In a flow process I do my work on a feature branch until I'm confident ...
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should I help QA team in finding bugs?

I Just started my career as Consultant Developer and Joined a small company. When I go through the code for an already developed application, I can see that there are some bugs. I inform the QA team ...
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Slicing up the Development Stack - diagonally?

We've got a new project going on, and at the moment developers have been split into two teams, team A and team B. This project has 2 parts to it which require development throughout the development ...
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How to solve the Lava flow anti-pattern?

In this blog post, the author describes an anti-pattern called the "lava flow" In a nutshell, the lava flow anti-pattern happens when many programmers lead the development of an application, each of ...
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What about source code homogeneity?

As time passes I think that one valuable aspect of maintenable and escalable software is to be homogeneous. The same problem should be solved I in the same way everywhere in the application. If there ...
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Does cpu cache affects boot time?

...and most probably I should refer to the instruction cache, since data cache is unlikely to have major effects in boot time of a system... lets say for windows 7 64bit or any other example you may ...
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How do you differentiate software between TEST and PROD environments?

We have a TEST and PROD environment. TEST and PROD are nearly identical, and obviously software first ends up in TEST before getting approved to go to PROD. Our software is primarily Windows ...
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Global gitignore v project [closed]

We have several web projects within our organisation - using different frameworks and with many different developers. Each developer might use a different ide and use different operating system etc ...
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Is it acceptable to refactor a collaborator's code?

When working with other people in a project, is it acceptable to refactor some of their code? I'm working with another developer and I notice a lot of duplicate code. To make things easier for ...
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Staying productive by keeping focus on a feature while developing [duplicate]

As a hobbyist developer I'm quite keen on the git-flow way of working. But I keep having a problem that I can only blame myself for: while developing a new feature, I keep getting sidetracked by ...
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How do I organizing 2 different projects with shared code

I know there have been same question asked multiple times on the programmers stackexchange. I think my question is more specific and hence decided to start a new question. My current a project which ...
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Using conditional feature compilation/inclusion for release versioning

I have been playing with the following idea: commonly when different release series (1.0.x, 1.1.x, development code) of a product are maintained in parallel one uses different branches within a ...
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How to make significant technical decisions given very little time

I have got 2 days for making a very serious decision about the tools and platforms that my company is going to use in order to port its WPF application to Linux / Android / iOS whatnot. Obviously I ...
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Difficulty translating specs into rending HTML/CSS [closed]

Our small shop excels at data modeling and algorithms, but we increasingly face challenges getting the presentation and rendering correct. I would like others to explain to me which strategies are ...
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Is it reasonable to have grunt/gulp build phases in javascript dev environment

Nowdays it's goes to be very fancy to have grunt/gulp build phases who concatenate and minify and organize javascript code. And I agree that this is important for production. But as a developer, I ...
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Test Driven Development when the specifications change

These days, it's fairly common for me to be tasked to make a change that actually breaks the prior spec. I know that one of the major ideas behind TDD is to have a suite that verifies all your changes ...
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Should a front-end developer ever specify JSON format for back-end developers?

I am taking the front-end role in a project. Should I be specifying for my back-end teammates the exact format of JSON that their PHP returns to my JavaScript? For example, should I be telling them ...
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Explicitness, verbosity and their counterpart - when to prefer which?

I'am the only one in my team who advocates for adding a little implicitness in favor of codebase reduction and decreasing repetition. Yet I don't want to be a biased 'Bad apple' playing against ...
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Concepts used for cross platform development [closed]

Could someone help me to understand how do developers create software that run on windows, linux, and Mac OS X? I am just starting out and have come to the conclusion that I am at a loss for terms to ...
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Is there some way to mark which branch is the latest in subversion?

We're reworking our process with subversion at the moment, and one of the things we're doing is making branches for each release target in our demo environment so that you can test a release that has ...
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What is proper order of pull requests and testing?

We want to setup proper development workflow. We have two main branches: master(release branch) and develop(working branch). We want to use pull requests properly. We see two ways how to do this: The ...
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Is it acceptable to ask management for pseudo code? [closed]

I'm a developer in the IT department of a large oil company. I received a spec document, basically in plain English, about business rules that need to be implemented in a new application. The rules ...
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Moving code to production without breaking existing functionality? [closed]

How can one move development / test code into production, and not end up breaking the functionality in Production environment? I am working with a small sized company, so they don't have a budget for ...
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how to upgrade software [closed]

I am a beginner in computer programming with C/C++. I have previous experience in programming for the web. There is some confusion that I am having with the software development process in desktop ...
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Managing code changes in this coding environment

I have the following coding environment: Three Developers Source code resides in Team Foundation Server (2010) Development Environment Stage Environment Production Environment As the Senior ...
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What should I expect from a developers guide? [closed]

I'm willing, with some friends, to make a developers guide for an open source point of sale written in Java. The thing is I have never written anyone and so I don't know exactly what to put in there ...
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Version control workflow for semi-bespoke software

I have a web app product (PHP, MySQL) for which I offer a bespoking service. That is, you can buy the main product, which is quite extensive, and then have it customised however you like. This might ...
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How best to involve junior developer in designing an application from scratch? [closed]

We are a team of 3 developers (2 experienced devs and a junior). We just started a brand new project. We've designed the application, concentrated efforts on choosing the right architecture and now ...
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Microchip XC8: How to pack code against an upper limit?

I have a project for a PIC16F1454 that needs some custom linking. Basically, I've separated my code into two parts that can be downloaded separately in the field and thus update (almost) all of the ...
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Why we need Throw-away Prototyping?

What is throw-away prototyping model and why do we need it? How does it differentiate from Evolutionary Prototyping?
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CAPTCHA blocking for my scraping script? [closed]

I am working on a scraping project which involves getting web data and parsing them for further use. I have been working using PHP and CURL to make scraping scripts which crawls web data and I make ...