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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 ...
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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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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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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 wrong....
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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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1answer
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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 undefined"...
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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 plan'...
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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 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 ...