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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 coding," not enough committing. 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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What do you do to estimates for agile stories where developers are pair programming?

If it was a 2-point story for one person, would you double it if people are pairing? Pairing isn't always necessarily done 100% of a dev task, so it seems that doubling the story points seems ...
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how to reduce communication time in distributed teams [duplicate]

We have 10 distributed teams in our company and we are developing 3 huge web applications. A lot of time of our developers is spent with writing emails. We are using scrum and for that we had a ...
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Should I let my “beginnerishness” hold me back? (not rhetorical) [duplicate]

My situation is that I've been programming for about three years and have learned a lot but still have a long long way to go. I have an idea for an app that I believe would take off, but I'm afraid ...
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Graph to show decreasing desirability when taking shortcuts

I'm responsible for creating a presentation to management that details how a system should be refactored or rewritten. We have an existing system that has had production failures and the code base is ...
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How to see what parts of your java code are run most often?

I would like to be able to see what code in thousands of lines of source code is run most often and takes the longest. The purpose of this would be for optimization. Being able to see what parts of ...
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What does IE mean by saying “'console' is undefined”? [closed]

I like IE's persnicketiness (the debugging tools that take you right to your code is even more user-friendly than what I've found in F12 Chrome Dev Tools), but why does it say, "'console' is ...
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Is creating database index part of design, implementation or optimisation process?

There are a few questions around this subject: Is creating all indexes at the start (design) over engineering? In reality, I've added indexes after performance issues were found and we 'explain ...
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Is it appropriate to have positive comments in code reviews, or is it exclusively for constructive criticism?

I have been doing a lot of code review lately, and I am unsure of the positive and negative effects and professionalism of putting positive and/or funny comments in code reviews. We use Github as our ...
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Communication between programmers and system engineers. Tool for planning builds and maintenance jobs

We have Development department and the department of System Engineers that works on a big project (development of J2EE application). We are using Build management system, Bug tracking system and a ...
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What should I do if I don't have any formal spec? [duplicate]

I recently was assigned to a task, but it says only a couple of words, like, do it as it made there, with no actual spec attached. What is the best thing to do in that circumstances?
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Strategy for keeping secret info such as API keys out of source control?

I'm working on a website that will allow users to log in using OAuth credentials from the likes of Twitter, Google, etc. To do this, I have to register with these various providers and get a ...
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Best way to develop a php open source application [closed]

I started to create a php application I'd like to make open source in the near future. However I do not know, if it's needed to follow any kind of code/documentation convention, to make it more usable ...
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What's the best approach to handle javascript/ajax code in a project?

In a general sense, for medium/big projects, what's the best way to handle javascript/ajax code? Is it better, to have a script file where to put each script or, to add the script directly into the ...
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How your team manage shared password/key [duplicate]

It maybe a shared SSH private key, it maybe be a online password to some web site. In term of security & convenient, and support fine grained permission settings, e.g. developers role, testers ...