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Technique to Solve Hard Programming logic

I have heard about many techniques which are used by developer/software manager to solve hard programming logic or to create flow of an application and this flow will be implemented by developers to ...
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Minimize useless tweaking of a numeric app

I'm developing a numeric application (nonlinear optimizer), with a zillion knobs to tweak and rising. It's not my first foray into this domain, but this time there are even more variables in the code ...
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It's hard to judge your own product. Is there a name for this issue?

I was just talking to my partner about how hard it is to personally judge how good your product is after a while because you use it so often. You literally spend hours on your computer doing nothing ...
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Leadership does not see value in standard process for machine configuration and new developer orientation

About 3 months ago our lead web developer and designer(same person) left the company, greener pastures was the reason for leaving. Good for them I say. My problem is that his department was completely ...
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What are unique aspects of a software Lifecycle of an attack/tool on a software vulnerability?

At my local university, there is a small student computing club of about 20 students. The club has several small teams with specific areas of focus, such as mobile development, robotics, game ...
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Rapid prototyping and refactoring

Sometimes when I start a small project (like an android app), I don´t know which approach will work out at the end, and I just go for one approach and give it a try. But if I never used this approach ...
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how do you seperate from designing question to programming questions?

As i try to program a solution to a request arise. I can't separate the difference between implementation problems and design problems. How do you specifically express the design problem?
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How important are unit tests in software development? [closed]

We are doing software testing by testing a lot of I/O cases, so developers and system analysts can open reviews and test for their committed code within a given time period (e.g. 1 week). But when ...
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What 's the essential difference between agile developing and plan based developing?

In agile process, the product owner put the unformal ideas/user story/backlog items to the sprint/iteration. Sprint/iteration is like a plan for a short term and it is drived by daily meeting. ...
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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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How should compound words be handled when coding? Is there a definitive list of compound words? [closed]

QUESTION: How should you handle compound words when programming? Are there any good lists available online for developers of generally accepted technology-related compound words? I can see how ...
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“TDD is about design, not verification”; concretely, what does that mean?

I've been wondering about this. What do we exactly mean by design and verification. Should I just apply TDD to make sure my code is SOLID and not check if it's external behaviour is correct? Should ...
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Time tracking and payment registration architecture

Тitle might be a little bit incorrect. :) Anyway, I'm building a software where employees input time they worked per day (work hours) and employer "pays" for this time. "Payment" is done outside this ...
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In a team practicing Domain Driven Design, should the whole team participate in Stakeholder meetings?

In my experience, a Software Development Team that comprises: 1 Project Manager 1 Tech Lead 1 - 2 Senior Dev 2 - 3 Junior Dev (Fresh grad) Only the Tech Lead & PM (and/or Senor Dev/s) will ...
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Should I listen to my employer and use CASE tools?

My employer (Not a Developer) thinks that CASE tools will help us improve our development process and documentation. I am not sure about that, we are a small team of 5 developers building mobile ...
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Commitment level to the project? [closed]

You've quoted your time that it will take certain time to produce a piece of software. When you have started the project, is it better to go hard at the beginning and cruise later? or to try to ...
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Is it okay for programmers to be given the task of outlining database requirements?

In my current job, dba's and programmers are divided in tasks. Any code that needs to be written in procedures dba's write, and programmers do only application code. The strange thing is that ...
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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money?

First off, we presume that the projects in question are not large or important enough for the parties involved to establish a formal contract, and that the parties are not able to meet in person. So, ...
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Where would my different development rhythm be suitable for the work?

Over the years I have worked on many projects, with some successful and a great benefit to the company, and some total failures with me getting fired or otherwise leaving. What is the difference? ...
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Stop myself from over-complicating applications

Recently I worked on a fairly large project involving C# and MVVM. This application had around 160 projects in the solutions each seprarated into their own layers. As I have been working on this ...
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Why do exclusively outsourcing projects as a company? [closed]

A prospective employer told me they took a company level decision to do only outsourcing projects. I do not understand why they took such a decision and the guy I talked to did not elaborate. He ...
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Does software testing methodology rely on flawed data?

It’s a well-known fact in software engineering that the cost of fixing a bug increases exponentially the later in development that bug is discovered. This is supported by data published in Code ...
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Should Developers Perform All Tasks or Should They Specialize? [closed]

Disclaimer: The intent of this question isn't to discern what is better for the individual developer, but for the system as a whole. I've worked in environments where small teams managed certain ...
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Plug-in based software design

I'm a software developer who is willing to improve his software design skills. I think software should not only work but have a solid and elegant design too to be reusable and extensive to later ...
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Can I assume interface oriented programming as a good object oriented programming?

I have been programming for decades but I have not been used to object oriented programming. But for recenet years, I had a great opportunity to learn OOP, its principles, and a lot of patterns that ...
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Is Cygwin or Windows Command Prompt preferable for getting a consistent terminal experience for development?

The question: Which is better, installing cygwin or one of its cousins on all my windows machines to have a consistent terminal experience across all my development machines, or becoming well trained ...
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The cost of longer delay between development and QA

At my current position, QA has become a bottleneck. We have had the unfortunate occurence of features being held out of the current build so that QA could finish testing. This means features that ...
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Should a project start with the client or the server? [closed]

Pretty simple question with a complex answer. Should a project start with the client or the server, and why? Where should a single programmer start a client/server project? What are the best ...
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What is the opposite of initialize (or init)? [closed]

The term will be used as a method name. The method is called when a part of the user interface is hidden (or removed), and it is used to reset values to default and dispose objects that will not be ...
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What does a good “definition of done” for a mature team look like?

When looking at examples of definitions of done in various sources, they usually include points like code completed unit tests run code peer-reviewed or paired code checked in documentation updated ...
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Should I take care of race conditions which almost certainly has no chance of occuring?

Let's consider something like a GUI application where main thread is updating the UI almost instantaneously, and some other thread is polling data over the network or something that is guaranteed to ...
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How do you organize highly customized software?

I'm working on a large software project which is highly customized for various customers arround the world. This means that we have maybe 80% code which is common between the various customers, but ...
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What software development model has worked best for software teams with heavy dependancy on hardware teams?

There are a number of competing best practices for software development. From what I have found, many teams have benefited from Agile practices in some cases. However, in some other cases, using the ...
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User Stories with design elements in Scrum

We're implementing a Scrum workflow and I'm trying to wrap my head around user stories, when they're completed, iterations, etc. One thing we often do is work on a story during an early iteration, get ...
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In which fields does quality of the software product matter as much as the completion time?

Someone told me that if the software product meets clients expectations, it is good quality. But I've worked with Interaction Designers (the same kind of people who made Gmail's interface and ...
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What to do about “next piece syndrome”?

Inspired by this question: What to do about "stopping point syndrome"? I often find myself a half hour away from knocking-off time having just wrapped up a component of my work, and facing a "next ...
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When, how and why should one upgrade (Java) frameworks?

Short summary as introduction: We are a small Java web development team, creating applications using various frameworks and libraries like JSF, Hibernate, Seam, all together deployed in JBoss AS. ...
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Are unit tests really that useful? [closed]

I just graduated with a degree in CS and I currently have a job as a Junior .NET Developer (C#, ASP.NET, and web forms). Back when I was still in university, the subject of unit testing did get ...
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Add a second developer to the team

In my company, I'm the only developer, but we plan on expanding the team by hiring a second programmer. I know there are a lot of implications to that (especially around source control). I've Googled ...
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What can programmers learn from the construction industry? [closed]

When talking with colleagues about software design and development principles, I've noticed one of the most common sources for analogies is the construction industry. We build software and we ...
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Is it better to spend resources on a skilled team or good process practice?

Which one of these is of more importance? Skilled team or good process practice? When I say skilled, I mean logical, creative members with good coding and testing skills. Good process would be the ...
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How do you get past the Analysis to Paralysis when working on a new project?

I've been struggling with how to get my project going. I've got an old software package that is in need of desparate rewrite. I haven't compiled the source code since 2004. It still sells, it's stable ...
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How do I handle a user story that I complete, but with compromise and need to revisit?

I have just fulfilled (is that a good term?) two user stories out of a new project backlog I have just built. These are user registration and password reset, both requiring mail. I need to implement a ...
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How can I check myself when I'm the only one working on a project?

I'm in between jobs in my field (unrelated to software development), and I recently picked up a temporary side contract writing a few applications for a firm. I'm the only person working on these ...
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Object Oriented programming and modelling

I am taking course in OOA/D this semester. In academic they teach till now about Object Oriented Programming. I have some doubts regarding this. Is it true that Object Orinted programming can be ...
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How to become a good team player?

I've been programming (obsessively) since I was 12. I am fairly knowledgeable across the spectrum of languages out there, from assembly, to C++, to Javascript, to Haskell, Lisp, and Qi. But all of ...
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Best practice for marking a bug as resolved in Bugzilla ?

I am wondering what is the best way to handle the situation of marking a bug as resolved and providing a version of component/product in which this fix can be found. Context For a project I am ...
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What is agile methodology?

Can any one explain about the agile methodology in simple sentences?
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“Guiding” a Domain Expert to Retire from Programming [closed]

I've got a friend who does IT at a local non-profit where they're using a custom web application which is no longer supported by the company who built it. (out of business, support was too expensive, ...
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Do your managers prefer to create proof of concept (POC) before working prototype?

At last team meeting I heard from managers that we need to create proof of concept (POC) before main prototype and integrate this concept with the main system for proving a new feature. Could you ...