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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 ...
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How to maintain a steady pace at development? [duplicate]

This is something that happens to almost every project I am involved in as a developer. At first when I am presented with the problem I am very motivated to find a solution for it. And I develop on a ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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What is a good analogy to explain how software development is different than building a bridge? [duplicate]

If you had a manager, a couple of levels above you, tell you that building software is like building a bridge, how would you respond to that? If this manager truly believes that we should be able to ...
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Manufacturing vs Software Development [closed]

It's often said that the software industry is immature compared to manufacturing. Specifically with regard to being process driven. Question: Can we as developers learn from the processes of the ...
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Approach of delivering “Logging API”

I faced a question in a .NET interview. As a client i need a LoggingAPI. How you go the approach of design and development and delivering Logging API to the client? I don't care about WPF or a ...
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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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How to effectively put code live

What are the general strategies to employ when attempting to ensure that a module of code will function correctly on the live system? A common problem we have at our software house is that we ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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Justifying deficiencies in design

I would like some input on how to handle clients and third party vendors that ask me about the deficiencies in my design. For example. It turns out I need a data field in a webservices response. This ...
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How can I become a good project manager? [closed]

I work in mobile development. I've just been promoted to a project manager. The problem is that I just have 4 months of experience in development. This was my first job and I didn't even finished ...
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Maintenance model for external artifacts

When we think about maintaining a software solution holistically, we have to think about things like non-code change control and configuration management, in addition to the actual source code. For ...
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Converting Business Process Maps into Software

I am fairly new to web application development. I have defined my problem domain through talking to various stakeholders and putting a process map together - basically a flow chart showing the ...
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Strategies for using a code metric evaluation tool

Should code quality metric evaluation tools like Sonar be integrated with IDE for running local analysis or should they be a part of the build process (like integrated with maven) for continuous ...
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What sort of questions drive the decision as to whether similar code is separate or common?

I have come across the following problem many times in various guises in my programming career. As a simple example, consider the following: Let's say there is a method (B) that could differ ...
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System evolution approach: gradual or cataclysmic?

When working on established systems, I've often found ways to improve a user interface to maximize user efficiency (example: legacy app maintenance screen doesn't allow multi-line operations where ...