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Using conditional feature compilation/inclusion for release versioning

I have been playing with the following idea: commonly when different release series (1.0.x, 1.1.x, development code) of a product are maintained in parallel one uses different branches within a ...
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How to make significant technical decisions given very little time

I have got 2 days for making a very serious decision about the tools and platforms that my company is going to use in order to port its WPF application to Linux / Android / iOS whatnot. Obviously I ...
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What would I need to create a video editing Software? [closed]

Well I asked before what I would need and it was too broad, so let me narrow down my question. I am an amateur programmer who wants to create a video editing software that has open source code but ...
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Cloud IDE with Dropbox and FTP simultaneously; and gulp [closed]

I am looking for a cloud based ide that satisfies these requirements: On file save run gulp On any file change upload that file to Dropbox AND FTP (optional, preferred) limit FTP Upload to a folder, ...
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Difficulty translating specs into rending HTML/CSS [on hold]

Our small shop excels at data modeling and algorithms, but we increasingly face challenges getting the presentation and rendering correct. I would like others to explain to me which strategies are ...
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Is it reasonable to have grunt/gulp build phases in javascript dev environment

Nowdays it's goes to be very fancy to have grunt/gulp build phases who concatenate and minify and organize javascript code. And I agree that this is important for production. But as a developer, I ...
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Should a front-end developer ever specify JSON format for back-end developers?

I am taking the front-end role in a project. Should I be specifying for my back-end teammates the exact format of JSON that their PHP returns to my JavaScript? For example, should I be telling them ...
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Test Driven Development when the specifications change

These days, it's fairly common for me to be tasked to make a change that actually breaks the prior spec. I know that one of the major ideas behind TDD is to have a suite that verifies all your changes ...
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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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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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Concepts used for cross platform development [closed]

Could someone help me to understand how do developers create software that run on windows, linux, and Mac OS X? I am just starting out and have come to the conclusion that I am at a loss for terms to ...
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How do you keep your unit tests working when refactoring?

In another question, it was revealed that one of the pains with TDD is keeping the testing suite in sync with the codebase during and after refactoring. Now, I'm a big fan of refactoring. I'm not ...
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First programming job with few resources to learn from [duplicate]

I recently started my first programming job after working for a couple of years developing websites. This new company focuses on PHP and has had only one developer responsible for the code since the ...
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What roadblocks face the development process in using plain-text markup languages as opposed to, e.g., Microsoft Word? [closed]

I'm currently an intern at a government contractor and am getting the (obnoxiously unavoidable) feeling that Word is the de-facto standard in the software development process. Its binary format makes ...
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How to introduce testing in the development cycle

In our company, we are only two IT staffs, and I'm the only developper. I'm developping rich intranet applications using plain php and extjs as javascript framework. Our development cycle is usually ...
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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 scrum have any merit in defense contracting?

Overheard at the watercooler yesterday: "Scrum has no place in defense contracting." I tend to disagree in the sense that I believe Scrum can be tailored to work in many scenarios and I can see ...
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How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?

We, as programmers, are constantly being asked 'How long will it take'? And you know, the situation is almost always like this: The requirements are unclear. Nobody has done an in depth analysis of ...
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Thoughts on Development using Virtual Machines [closed]

I'll be working as a development lead for a startup and I've suggested that we use VMs for development. I'm not talking about each developer having a desktop with VMs for testing/development, I mean ...
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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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What are the disadvantages of test-first programming?

It's all the rage nowadays. "Everyone" recommends it. That in and of itself makes me suspicious. What are some disadvantages you have found when doing test-first (test-driven) development? I'm ...
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Continuous integration policy problems

Currently our model, with respect to SVN and automated build, looks like Which, as far as I know, wasn't the way SVN was meant to be used. But the process works okay from a technical standpoint. ...
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Is it acceptable to ask management for pseudo code? [closed]

I'm a developer in the IT department of a large oil company. I received a spec document, basically in plain English, about business rules that need to be implemented in a new application. The rules ...
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How big are the teams where you have worked? [closed]

Anyone have numbers on how big a "traditional" software teams are across the industry? At what point do big companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc. split teams of developers up? Agile books ...
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Moving code to production without breaking existing functionality? [closed]

How can one move development / test code into production, and not end up breaking the functionality in Production environment? I am working with a small sized company, so they don't have a budget for ...
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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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What should I do when I've already waited too long between commits?

I was naughty... Too much "cowboy coding," not enough committing. Now, here I am with an enormous commit. Yes, I should have been committing all along, but it's too late now. What is better? Do one ...
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Managing code changes in this coding environment

I have the following coding environment: Three Developers Source code resides in Team Foundation Server (2010) Development Environment Stage Environment Production Environment As the Senior ...
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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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Version control workflow for semi-bespoke software

I have a web app product (PHP, MySQL) for which I offer a bespoking service. That is, you can buy the main product, which is quite extensive, and then have it customised however you like. This might ...
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Microchip XC8: How to pack code against an upper limit?

I have a project for a PIC16F1454 that needs some custom linking. Basically, I've separated my code into two parts that can be downloaded separately in the field and thus update (almost) all of the ...
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How best to involve junior developer in designing an application from scratch? [closed]

We are a team of 3 developers (2 experienced devs and a junior). We just started a brand new project. We've designed the application, concentrated efforts on choosing the right architecture and now ...
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Need to include Calendar and Email in own CRM system. Whose? [closed]

I am writing a web based application that needs to have some elements of CRM in it but I cannot use an of-the-shelf CRM to do what I want. (Honestly we have been through it all and it will not work). ...
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Techniques and methods to improve and speedup development [closed]

I just got a new project. It’s a WinForm app. And it’s interesting because I will have the possibility to learn how fish farms work and are managed. I will have to develop touch interfaces, and use ...
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CAPTCHA blocking for my scraping script? [closed]

I am working on a scraping project which involves getting web data and parsing them for further use. I have been working using PHP and CURL to make scraping scripts which crawls web data and I make ...
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Why we need Throw-away Prototyping?

What is throw-away prototyping model and why do we need it? How does it differentiate from Evolutionary Prototyping?
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Is it common for developer to not have an administrator account? [closed]

Not having it means using only those tools that everybody uses (that comes with the same image for every PC). I can see the benefit of this - less worries that somebody's machine may get infected ...
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syncing code with repo/backup [closed]

I am doing a small software project on my local PC. I'm the only person working on this. I'd like to back this up to the cloud every day so that if anything happens to my HDD I have a various copies ...
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Scrum vs. Agile vs. CMMI [closed]

I am pushing my project over to Visual Studio Online in order to have some source control. I am developing this project by myself. I have never used Scrum, Agile, nor CMMI before, and the detailed ...
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Is it wrong to use Agile when clients' requirements don't change at all?

I have seen a lot of posts recently saying that one of the major reasons why Agile is used is because clients often change the requirements. However, let's say the clients do not change the ...
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When should development branches be created?

We are moving our project's team from using a single Main/Trunk branch, to multiple Development/Work branches that should be regularly merged into Main. We're basing our new process on this article ...
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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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What does a code review look like? [duplicate]

I'm writing a code review process document for our team; we've never had a formal process in place although we do do some code review. I've found lots of articles talking about how important code ...
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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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How to deal with a new version of visual studio's directory?

When upgrading Visual Studio to a newer version, a new directory is created e.g. "Visual Studio 2013". I understand that that makes sense as we want to differentiate between code targeting different ...
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Gitlab workflow, forcing code review or merge request on branch

I'm working towards implementing Gitlab at my company with a workflow strategy. My idea is that developers will be given access to repositories but, anytime they try to commit, their code must be ...
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How to do documentation for code and why is software (often) poorly documented?

There are some good examples of well-documented code out there, such as java api. But, a lot of code in public projects such as git and internal projects of companies is poorly documented and not very ...
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What methods exist for assessing an organisation's development capability? [closed]

I have a bit of a challenge at work at the moment. Presently (and in fact, for some time now), we have been experiencing the following problems with some in-house maintained applications: Defects ...
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What questions needs to be asked when gathering the initial requirements of a mobile application from a client? [closed]

Talking generally abount mobile application development, I am looking for a list of appropriate questions to ask when visiting the client to get the initial requirements, i.e. what they suppose the ...
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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 ...