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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 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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Tools and/or methods for regular Code review of Remote development team

We are outsourcing a development to a small team of offshore developers. Our in house process for code review is manual, paper based, based on a waterfall model requiring "big bang" delivery. It ...
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Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?

After watching National Geographic's MegaStructures series, I was surprised how fast large projects are completed. Once the preliminary work (design, specifications, etc.) is done on paper, the ...
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How to analyze a scenario where a bug didn't get caught and adjust development workflow to prevent similar errors

I had a bug that was really difficult to track down, because all the unit tests were green, but the production application didn't work properly. Here's what happened: I had a filter class that set ...
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How do you get relevant and useful information out of a client in regards to a job? [duplicate]

A brief background on this specific question: After meeting with a client and hearing all of their requests, requirements, and other comments about a specific software job, planning out the ...
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Front end developers vs HTML/CSS coders plus “the JavaScript developer” [closed]

I was just googling around to find a good definition of front-end developer and the definitions that I found were pretty much "a guy that does HTML/CSS/JavaScript (jQuery)". But I think this is no ...
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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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Are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and other areas where the ROI is so low that it is not worth following? [closed]

Test driven development. I get it, like it. But writing tests does require overhead. So should TDD be used universally throughout the code base, or are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and ...
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Unified Team Dev Enviroment

Where I work we have a number of teams that are converting over to having a team dev environment. Basically a couple members of the team are putting together an image that is then installed on ...
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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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How to avoid typo errors, etc?

For the first time I have been coding for an open-source software where all my work gets reviewed before being commited. I understand reviewing work isn't an easy task, so I don't like to waste ...
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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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General checklist before releasing software [closed]

I'm currently building a tool that my company intends to sell. I'm the sole developer on the project and it is being developed outside our normal code base and to a certain extent outside our normal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is code ownership a code smell?

This is something I've been thinking about ever since I read this answer in the controversial programming opinions thread: Your job is to put yourself out of work. When you're writing ...
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How do you overcome your own coding biases when handed legacy code? [closed]

As programmers, we often take incredible pride in our skills and hold very strong opinions about what is 'good' code and 'bad' code. At any given point in our careers, we've probably had some legacy ...
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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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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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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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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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Acceptance tests done first…how can this be accomplished?

The basic gist of most Agile methods is that a feature is not "done" until it's been developed, tested, and in many cases released. This is supposed to happen in quick turnaround chunks of time such ...
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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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Over thinking development

I've been working as an app developer for a year and a half now (not long I know), and I've just been given my first big project. Needless to say it didn't go very smoothly, so I sought advice from a ...
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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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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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Why not write all tests at once when doing TDD?

The Red - Green - Refactor cycle for TDD is well established and accepted. We write one failing unit test and make it pass as simply as possible. What are the benefits to this approach over writing ...
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How do you convince management to throw away a prototype?

I love prototyping as a fast effective way to put a UI in front of a user. Many times though, management get their beaks in the way, and the prototype is dragged kicking and screaming into main ...
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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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Should developers be involved in testing phases?

we are using a classical V-shaped development process. We then have requirements, architecture, design, implementation, integration tests, system tests and acceptance. Testers are preparing test cases ...
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Freelance Web Developer tools [closed]

I'm thinking of freelancing and building web sites in my free time. I have experience in C#/ASP.NET, JavaScript/jQuery as well as HTML/CSS and SQL. Thus, I feel like I have sufficient web ...
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Is a new build required everytime I make a change to the code?

I am working on a project that has around a hundred different files (.cpp & .h), and it requires around an hour to build the entire project on MSVC 2008, suppose that I now make a change to any ...
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Is code reviewing good practice?

When the company I work in hired new managers, they offered us to overview someone's code on every meeting. We have meetings every two weeks, so each time one of developers was to show his/her code on ...
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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 ...