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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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What is the best way to maintain software tool chains?

Short Question What is the best way to create, maintain, and distribute software development tool chains? Background I am trying to develop a workflow / process to create an isolated environment in ...
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As the current draft stands, what is the most significant change the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will provoke? [closed]

A current draft of the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" has been posted by the Department of Homeland Security. This question is not asking about privacy or constitutionality, ...
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Code review and testing in the process

I am thinking about the software development process of my team, more specifically, I am thinking about tests and code review into our development process. I came to the conclusion that, in order to ...
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Setting up an [AWS] environment locally

Currently, our infrastructure sits on AWS (EC2, ElasticBeanstalk, RDS) and consists of a few different services that work together to create our production environment, these consist of a: MySQL ...
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Is there some way to mark which branch is the latest in subversion?

We're reworking our process with subversion at the moment, and one of the things we're doing is making branches for each release target in our demo environment so that you can test a release that has ...
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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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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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How to plan/manage multi-platform (mobile) products?

Say I've to develop an app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows 8 Mobile. Now all three platforms are technically in different program languages. The only 'reuse' that I can see is that of the ...
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“Selected design can be derived from requirements” - meaning and difference against traceability?

ISO 12207 contains interesting points for design verification: a) The design is correct and consistent with and traceable to requirements. c) Selected design can be derived from ...
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What type of buffer should I implement for a one-way streaming audio device?

I'm working on a project where audio data is streamed to a device. The audio data is encoded via opus and streamed at 20 ms payloads at a time. The streaming is done via TCP to avoid packet loss ...
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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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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 an IDE include a gaming element? [closed]

As of recent I have becomne very interested in serious gaming. Today I ran into this little gem: visual studio achievements and it got me thinking. I actually think it could be very helpfull and ...
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Would you use UML if it kept stakeholders from requesting changes frequently? [closed]

As much as programmers hate to document their code/system and draw UML (especially, Sequencing, Activity and State machine diagrams) or other diagramming notation, would you agree to do it if it kept ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money? [closed]

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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What is the standard term for my role?

I'm doing work that involves writing code and managing developers in a "special projects" division of a large company. I'd like to define my role better and figure out if there's an industry standard ...
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What should I expect from a developers guide? [closed]

I'm willing, with some friends, to make a developers guide for an open source point of sale written in Java. The thing is I have never written anyone and so I don't know exactly what to put in there ...
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How can you predict the time it will take for two processes in two different machines in a cluster to communicate?

I am trying to develop a computing application which needs a lot of memory (>500gb). Buying a single machine for that is overly expensive. I can, though, buy ~100 small instances on Digital Ocean or ...
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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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What are the advantages of the Unified Software Development Process?

Why should an organization adopt the unified process over others? What are the relative advantages? I know that it is closely coupled with UML, but clearly this cannot be the only advantage. Why ...
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What is proper order of pull requests and testing?

We want to setup proper development workflow. We have two main branches: master(release branch) and develop(working branch). We want to use pull requests properly. We see two ways how to do this: The ...
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Managing Eclipse projects in source control [closed]

I've been using eclipse for a long time to do development. One of the problems I've come across when working on other people's projects is if they come from source control, some of the eclipse project ...
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should I help QA team in finding bugs? [duplicate]

I Just started my career as Consultant Developer and Joined a small company. When I go through the code for an already developed application, I can see that there are some bugs. I inform the QA team ...
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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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Are there any good, open-source change request systems? [closed]

I have a need to make a somewhat custom change request system (very high auditing requirements). Instead of completely reinventing the wheel I was wondering if there's an open-source change request ...
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Is Agile Development used in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing?

I've been developing web apps for a while now and it is standard practice in our team to use agile development techniques and principles to implement the software. Recently, I've also become involved ...
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Are the paradigms of ReactJS and Redux worthwhile for things other than web-development?

I'm a bit fascinated by the current paradigms shift libraries like ReactJs and Redux have caused in web development. Apart from computer science classes, I wasn't much affected by functional ...
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What about source code homogeneity?

As time passes I think that one valuable aspect of maintenable and escalable software is to be homogeneous. The same problem should be solved in the same way everywhere in the application. If there is ...
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how to upgrade software [closed]

I am a beginner in computer programming with C/C++. I have previous experience in programming for the web. There is some confusion that I am having with the software development process in desktop ...
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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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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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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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What are the differences between the Unified Process and the Rational Unified Process?

Are there any differences between the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and the Unified Process (UP)? What does "Rational" mean, in this context?
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When can you offer innovation without being off-task?

When can you offer innovation, without being off-task? I can't understand how creative innovation fits in Agile and other methodologies. People just want what they asked for, right? Say you're ...
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Steps to begin versioning a web application

Until now, we have not had an application version strategy or version-ed our application. We are considering doing so with our next release. What are the minimum tasks necessary to transition to a ...
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How to make 100k lines of orphan code work [duplicate]

I've recently started to work on an old project, that was originally written by two professors with no programming experience. Those professors left the project before they have finished it. Meaning ...
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Global gitignore v project [closed]

We have several web projects within our organisation - using different frameworks and with many different developers. Each developer might use a different ide and use different operating system etc ...
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Explicitness, verbosity and their counterpart - when to prefer which?

I'am the only one in my team who advocates for adding a little implicitness in favor of codebase reduction and decreasing repetition. Yet I don't want to be a biased 'Bad apple' playing against ...
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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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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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Is it possible to adopt agile methodologies for outsourced projects? [closed]

I've had experience as a developer or team lead on several projects that have been outsourced and have seen less than stellar results in all cases. Most of these projects have employed a waterfall ...
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How can I organise a better deployment process? [closed]

I work in a company of about 10 developers. When we start a project, each of the developers involved in the project have their dev environment. Once they complete a task, it is then pushed to phase ...
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Is it ok to start with templates in MVC development?

I'm new to web development and I've started working on a project in my company that uses DJANGO. I feel it flexible to start my development straight first from the templates. I think it will be easier ...
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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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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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Combining KanBan in a SCRUM process

Does anybody have an experience in combining KanBan in SCRUM, could this work, would this make sence or would it be an overdesign?