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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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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Is there a software industry for converting old, outdated code to new standards?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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Managing code responsibility separation on large mobile app

I work for a large corporation with some different business units. Each of this business unities has their own group of developers. We have to build a mobile app that has features from each of these ...
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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 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? [duplicate]

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 in the same way everywhere in the application. If there is ...
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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 myself,...
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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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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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Scrum in combination with ad hoc bug fixes [duplicate]

I worked in a company where they tried to use Scrum but in practice it was hard to create a solid sprint backlog because they had a very active userbase, that used the software 8 hours a day, and ...
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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 in software engineering and why do we need it? How does it differentiate from Evolutionary Prototyping?
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Scrum vs. Agile vs. CMMI [closed]

I am pushing my project over to Visual Studio Online in order to have some source control. I am developing this project by myself. I have never used Scrum, Agile, nor CMMI before, and the detailed ...
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syncing code with repo/backup [closed]

I am doing a small software project on my local PC. I'm the only person working on this. I'd like to back this up to the cloud every day so that if anything happens to my HDD I have a various copies ...
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Is it wrong to use Agile when clients' requirements don't change at all?

I have seen a lot of posts recently saying that one of the major reasons why Agile is used is because clients often change the requirements. However, let's say the clients do not change the ...
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How to deal with a new version of visual studio's directory?

When upgrading Visual Studio to a newer version, a new directory is created e.g. "Visual Studio 2013". I understand that that makes sense as we want to differentiate between code targeting different ...
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How to do documentation for code and why is software (often) poorly documented?

There are some good examples of well-documented code out there, such as java api. But, a lot of code in public projects such as git and internal projects of companies is poorly documented and not very ...
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Is it ok to start with templates in MVC development?

I'm new to web development and I've started working on a project in my company that uses DJANGO. I feel it flexible to start my development straight first from the templates. I think it will be easier ...
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Continuous integration policy problems

Currently our model, with respect to SVN and automated build, looks like Which, as far as I know, wasn't the way SVN was meant to be used. But the process works okay from a technical standpoint. ...
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Gitlab workflow, forcing code review or merge request on branch

I'm working towards implementing Gitlab at my company with a workflow strategy. My idea is that developers will be given access to repositories but, anytime they try to commit, their code must be ...
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How to submit a part of project based when other parts are not completely implemented yet

I have been given an online task in which I am supposed to develop a service which is based on some other class/service which has not been implemented yet but I have a rough API for that and the ...
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What methods exist for assessing an organisation's development capability? [closed]

I have a bit of a challenge at work at the moment. Presently (and in fact, for some time now), we have been experiencing the following problems with some in-house maintained applications: Defects (...
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How can you predict the time it will take for two processes in two different machines in a cluster to communicate?

I am trying to develop a computing application which needs a lot of memory (>500gb). Buying a single machine for that is overly expensive. I can, though, buy ~100 small instances on Digital Ocean or ...