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What are the advantages of build scripts?

For most of my programming career, I've used the "build/compile/run" command in whatever IDE I'm working with to produce a runnable program. This is one button, pretty easy. As I learn more about ...
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Started learning Unity having problem with the programming? [on hold]

My question is that i recently started learning unity through youtube and the web in general. So far ive learned a lot But im having Trouble with the programming part. Should i learn to code first and ...
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Why create a Logger object instead of using static logging methods across an application?

Taking an example of a simple Ruby on Rails application. It creates a Logger object during application load process: # in environment.rb config.logger = Logger.new(<STDOUT | file | whatever>) ...
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Is there an established software taxonomy that's based on the type of software?

I'm researching engineering approaches to software development based on the type of software, for example: Custom one-off software (e.g. space shuttle software) Whitebox application requiring ...
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What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?

I have noticed a behavior in myself that I call "stopping point syndrome"... it means I cannot stop working until I reach a "stopping point" (or I become exhausted). In other words, if I am in the ...
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My boss has a bad case of “Not Invented Here” [closed]

My department specializes in converting customer data into our database schema so that they can use our software. Right now, we have C# applications that take an IDataReader (99% of the time it is a ...
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How to motivate co-workers to write unit-tests? [closed]

We're working on a large product which has been in production for about 5 years. The codebase is.. erm.. working. Not really well but it is working. New features are thrown into production and tested ...
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Should Development / Testing / QA / Staging environments be similar?

After much time and effort, we're finally using maven to manage our application lifecycle for development. We still unfortunately use ANT to build an EAR before deploying to Test / QA / Staging. ...
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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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Testing a very specific function in a large, complex application

I'm new to testing but wholeheartedly realize how important it is. The main issue is that my company has no top-down support for testing at all. That is we don't have any unit testing and just a bit ...
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“Joel test” for B2B hardware/software developers

I discovered the Joel test recently and applied it to my team. However, I but found hard to apply some points to my company since we are developing small chips with both "wired" and programmable ...
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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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Where do you draw the line between quantity and quality? [duplicate]

My manager has talked with me and says that the quality of my work is excellent, but I need to step up the quantity of how much I crank out. I've only been working for a couple of years, so I still ...
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If you had two projects with the same specification and only one was developed using TDD how could you tell? [closed]

I was asked this question in an interview and it has been bugging me ever since. You have two projects, both with the same specification but only one of these projects was developed using Test ...
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Ipython3 development cycle

I am new to python (python3) and am using Ipython3 while writing the code just in my preferred text editor. I am not yet sure what is a good development cycle as I keep getting problems with reloading ...
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Has there been recent research on Fred Brooks's model of the “Surgical Software Team”? [closed]

I'm reading through The Mythical Man Month for the first time. In it, Fred Brooks* proposes a model of software development based on how a surgical team works. There is a "surgeon" (a senior ...
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Is big-O really that relevant when working in industry?

In every interview I have been in, I have been quizzed on mathematical analysis of complexity, including big-O notation. How relevant is big-O analysis to development in industry? How often do you ...
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Software Manager who makes developers do Project Management

I'm a software developer working in an embedded systems company. We have a Project Manager, who takes care of the overall project schedule (including electrical, quality, software and manufacturing) ...
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Introducing a version control branching policy to a small team

I'm a contractor that has recently started with a firm. Team is 3 developers consisting of 2 junior to mid level devs, with another at the same level starting soon, and myself (6 Years xp). For both ...
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How do you get complete manual testing by QA in a git/hg flow development process?

I have a question about working with independent testers doing manual testing (not about automated unit and regression testing.) In a flow process I do my work on a feature branch until I'm confident ...
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TDD in theory in only

A little over a year ago I was fortunate enough to be able to take a 9 month break from work. I decided that in that time time I would hone my C# skills. I started working on a bunch of projects and ...
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How can a developer evaluate the effectiveness of his workflow? [closed]

This question has been on my mind for probably 10 years. Ever since I've started programming for a living. And I've seen multiple discussions about good fit, distractions, being in the zone, etc. But ...
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Is it conventional to raise a NotImplementedError for methods whose implementation is pending, but not planned to be abstract?

I like to raise a NotImplementedError for any method that I want to implement, but where I haven't gotten around to doing it yet. I might already have a partial implementation, but prepend it with ...
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Defensive Programming - “Return” placement [duplicate]

Sometimes I see myself writing code in the following way: if(value == null) return null; //... I will have here as many defensive conditions (and returns) as I need //... Continue to execute method ...
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What are some (best) practices of organizing configuration data for applications? [duplicate]

I am working on an application (in php) that needs some rules to evaluate the labelling of some data. Since these rules might change someday, I decided not to hardcode them, rather handle them as ...
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Strategy for keeping secret info such as API keys out of source control?

I'm working on a website that will allow users to log in using OAuth credentials from the likes of Twitter, Google, etc. To do this, I have to register with these various providers and get a ...
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Can Test-Driven development work in legacy projects?

So here is a question for you, having read some great answers to questions such as Test-Driven Development - Convince Me. So my question is: "Can Test-Driven Development be used effectively on ...
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Approach to module development and testing

I have read somewhere that the cost of resolving bugs increases if it is not resolved at the initial stage. Which approach should I take while creating programs? Divide program development in ...
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Software development process for a part time University project for 1 developer?

I will be doing a part time University project soon and the time frame for it is around 8 months with approximately 10-15 hours a week spent working on it, with a review by a tutor each quarter. My ...
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How can I stop echo feedback when making a streaming microphone device? [closed]

I am developing a microphone device of sorts that streams audio to a receiver device with speakers. A person speaks into the device, and the audio data is played on the speaker. Since the person is in ...
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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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Is there a software industry for converting old, outdated code to new standards? [duplicate]

There still are developers building and extending applications using languages like COBOL, since banks and other such organizations rely on ancient systems to power their day to day businesses. Some ...
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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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Object Oriented programming and modelling [closed]

I am taking a course in OOA/D this semester. I have some doubts about Object Oriented Programming. Is it true that Object Oriented programming can be done without any specific modelling like OMT? ...
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When designing a replacement application, how can I compare its performance to the original, if there are no existing statistics?

I don't believe there are any performance statistics kept for the application I'm being asked to replace, and don't want to ask the individuals doing the work to manually record things like how long ...
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Minimize useless tweaking of a numeric app [closed]

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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what gets testers invested in the releases they test? [closed]

For a lot of roles in a development team it is pretty obvious how these roles are invested in the quality of releases of their software. Developers who accidentally write bugs know that when the call ...
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Does software reuse preclude process repeatability

Code Reuse as a Problem I was thinking about this question on software delivery, and I kept coming back to the issue of repeatability and / or reproducibility. They matter, because if you don’t ...
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Partial or full changelog for release

When releasing a new version of a program is it better to include the full changelog since the beginning of the project or just the part since the last release? I know that the release notes would ...
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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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What does mathematics have to do with programming?

I just started a diploma in software development. Right now we're starting out with basic Java and such (so right from the bottom you might say) - which is fine, I have no programming experience apart ...
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Approach to encouraging organizational adoption of new web dev tools [closed]

I'm attending the O'Reilly Fluent conference, and a clear theme I've seen is the widespread adoption of tools to improve effectiveness of efficiency in web development workflows. I readily recognize ...
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How do I remove the history from items that come from a branch operation in SourceGear Vault?

We are currently pulling down the Development version, renaming it to the release name, such as "2.0.0.0", and using "Add files/folders..." on the folder containing the Development folder, and adding ...
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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 desperate rewrite. I haven't compiled the source code since 2004. It still sells, it's stable ...
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should I help QA team in finding bugs?

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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Slicing up the Development Stack - diagonally?

We've got a new project going on, and at the moment developers have been split into two teams, team A and team B. This project has 2 parts to it which require development throughout the development ...
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Should developers be responsible for testing other developer and contractor/vendor code? [duplicate]

I have been working (~ 5 years & first IT job) as an application developer at a large financial institution with a strict corporate hierarchy, multiple LOBs, and heavily process-laden IT ...
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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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Does code generation increase the code quality?

Arguing for code generation, I am looking for some examples of ways in which it increases code quality. To clarify what I mean by code generation, I can talk only about a project of mine: We use XML ...
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What's so bad about creative coding? [closed]

I was watching Bob Ross paint some "happy trees" tonight, and I've figured out what's been stressing me out about my code lately. The community of folks here and on Stack Overflow seem to reject any ...