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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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Considerations for developing a large scale system that needs to be both traditional web accessible and mobile accessible

I am trying to begin planning of a system that would be both client management, and document management, with tools built in to do analysis on all of the transactions, etc. I'm wondering what are the ...
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When developing algorithms, is skipping the pen&paper phase a bad habit? [closed]

I heard many people saying that when developing algorithms you should first use pen and paper, flowcharts and what not, so that you can focus on the algorithm itself, not worrying about the ...
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Why are many programmers moving their code to github?

For the past 6 months or more, I've been seeing many codes hosted at sourceforge.net as well as other hosting sites "Move to GitHub". A mere Google Search with the phrase "Moved to Github" returns ...
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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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Should integration test be included in continues integration (CI)?

Assume that we are developing a web application, and Hudson does typical jobs such as compile, unit test and static code analysis. But the tricky part is: Hudson deploys and starts up application ...
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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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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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Software Process Management [closed]

We want to formalize our development process. Aim is to provide a clear view of software in each phase. For example, to translate requirements to task, to specify the pre and post-conditions of task ...
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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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IT Research & Development project and team organization

I have seen a lot of different project organizations in different tertiary sector businesses, but I have never felt that IT R&D projects were well organized. I understand that R&D projects ...
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What personal process can I employ at a non-software based company? [closed]

What is the best way for a developer to track his/her hours at work, if no framework exists at that firm which would avoid any complications with internal classified information being stored on a ...
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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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Creating an expandable, cross-platform compatible program “core”

Basically the brief is relatively simple. We need to create a program core. An engine that will power all sorts of programs with a large number of distinct potential applications and deployments. The ...
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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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Which format is best for the first prototype not on paper? [closed]

Console app (my favorite), quick & sloppy form, MS Paint (for GUI); what works best most of the time for your standard application? why?
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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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Where does the reporting function fit into Enterprise Software development Best Practices

At my company, I develop and maintain all the operational reporting used by management to run the business. There is no reporting position on the application development team. I've taken it upon ...
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How To Know When To Stop Testing?

I know this is a very very basic question. For some software applications there are a large almost infinitely high number of test cases for an application. It is not practical to test all those test ...
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How to deal with someone who dislikes the idea of code reviews?

Obviously, if management buy into spending time with code reviews, then everyone has to do it. But there are always those guys (or gals) who resist with every ounce of their being. How do you ...
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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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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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Real time data feed, what requirements would I need to gather from the client's system interface?

How do I go about designing this particular application example below? For example: I have client, who would like to embed my data feed into this GUI interface. The data is made of names and and ...
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Code review if nobody in team has knowledge in some technology?

Sample situation: A team of Java developers starts an iOS project. Only one developer has Objective-C/iOS knowledge, and in the beginning he will work on this project alone. How we can perform code ...
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Migration from a complex C++ application to C# a — good idea?

We currently have a complex VC++ software application, which uses a library like ObjectARX to build the dll. I feel there are many features in C# like Collections, Generics, and other libraries which ...
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Is it sometimes reasonable to cut corners and expect to re-write software in a couple of years? [duplicate]

I work for an organization with one developer (me) and one DBA. When I started, the previous developer had developed applications that had bad architectural practices and it was getting and more time ...
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Creating a new file format: Write code or documentation first?

When creating a new file format for an application, you can write the code or the documentation first. When writing the documentation first, you have a better idea of what you should implement. ...
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Java continuous integration with extras [closed]

I am very new to continuous integration, but I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately I found there to be huge quantities of different tools, and each one is sizable and seems to be difficult (I am ...
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Which Continuous Integration framework do you use and why? [closed]

There are quite a few different Continuous Integration (CI) frameworks out there and I'm wondering which is the most popular. Which frameworks have you used at firms where you work? Is there any ...
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How does the Microsoft Operations Framework define the role of Architects and architecture in the SDLC

I have been trying to get some architecture documentation passed at work. I've spoken to my CIO and he has said to me that if I prove to him that if we stay within MOF then we can implement it. I am ...
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Should a software company have a dedicated team for research and/or utility libraries?

I work in a company that does web applications for various banks and some smaller e-shops We employ about 20 developers and have 4-5 projects in development at any one time. Our development teams ...
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Why it is not recommended to post several defects in the same issue / ticket?

I am not sure if this is the place to ask the following conceptual question (Stackoverflow is definitely not). I saw this question in a multiple choice exam (single answer), similar to the ISTQB ...
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Completion time on a company where the supervisors don't know programming [duplicate]

We are in a small company with around 10 developers. I am the team leader and responsible for the development process. Supervisors and salesmen are close to us since we are a small team, but have no ...
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Improve Bad testing [closed]

We have a large team of developers and testers. The ratio is one tester for every one developer. We have full bug tracking and reporting systems in place. We have test plans in place. Every change ...
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Dev Server vs Local Development

On the past 2 projects I've worked, teams prefer a local development environment over a development server. The one project lead stated that local was better since it didn't require an internet ...
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What can I do to get better at estimating how long projects are going to take? [duplicate]

I don't want to make life hard for management. I really don't. They're nice enough guys, but every time I am assigned a new project or task and get asked "how long do you think it will take to do ...
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Developing Python on Windows and deploying to Linux

I have a client who would prefer to host their application on Linux. However, my coworkers and I have very little experience with Linux. This is a short project with a low budget, so making choices ...
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How do I collect a list of rss feeds? [closed]

I am developing a rss reader where users search and follow blogs. But, how will I collect and store the feeds of thousands of blogs? Manual process of adding individual feeds is painful. Is there an ...
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How common is it for a team to write everything in-house? [closed]

In a recent interview I asked the interviewers "how do you go about evaluating new technologies and libraries (such as SignalR) and bringing them in to use?". They said they don't, that instead they ...
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Interaction between programs

I am writing an interactive program in which it takes speech input from the user for a specific list of commands. The list of commands will be stored locally in a graph and based on the usage their ...
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Is there a name for when a sales team irresponsibly promises non-existent features? [closed]

It's a common issue to see a company's sales team promise new features in order to close a sale. Many times these new features are still in development or are still being designed. Sometimes features ...
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Why is new product development always rushed? [closed]

If you are working on something new you have less than the required time to do it, and sometimes you are expected to work late, weekends etc (even when you are waiting on people who are not working ...