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Architecture - 3D Modeling Library

I'm writing a library to allow users to generate 3D models programatically. User writes code (e.g. Square(4)) User views preview of 3D model (with built in visualizer) User can "print" the model to ...
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Extending a class for debugging: public API, hidden implementation or something else?

I'm working on a fairly large project that involves 3D drawing, and I want to add some visualizers (for example, to see the bounding boxes of the objects) to make debugging easier. However, I'm having ...
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Making an MVC app extensible for multiple business markets

Suppose you are to create a single, global e-commerce application to support multiple markets in different regions of the world using ASP.NET MVC. Although most of the business logic for the ...
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Do thin fluent builder method chains have any need to be “extensible”?

In an environment where refactoring is difficult extensibility can be a life saver. However, this is no excuse to over engineer code. Given that a thin fluent builder method chain is backed by well ...
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Is there a term for this coding practice?

One of the incidental complexities of introducing features to an existing system is that the programmer often has to touch several areas of code that are not immediately adjacent. Over the long haul ...
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How to design extension mechanism for java app

I have an application where I have a set of core features. The application itself HAS to work in core only mode. I would also want to make the application extensible such that, when certain ...
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Principles of an extensible data proxy

There is a growing industry now with more than 30 companies playing in the Backend-As-A-Service (BaaS) market. The principle is simple: give companies a secure way of exposing data housed on premises ...
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generic chaining technique for overloaded method

A common operation in JavaScript is to replace an object method with a new one while still calling the original method. This is often done like this: var originalMethod = obj.method; obj.method = ...
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serving up future-proof kinfolk - extensible contract interfaces [closed]

Ok, I have this human here, but what can it do, how would you discover its special abilities? And when you find out what kind of expert you've got then how would you actually make use of its unique ...
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Agile: When to re-factor and when to extend while accruing technical debt? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario. You currently have a feature set A you wish to extend to include feature set B. In the near feature there's a high possibility that you wish to extend this even ...
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Java Generics - how to strike a balance between expressiveness and simplicity

I'm developing some code that utilizes generics, and one of my guiding principles was to make it usable for future scenarios, and not just today's. However, several coworkers have expressed that I may ...
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How to make an ASP.NET MVC site modular

I'm in the planning stage for an employee intranet system to be built with ASP.NET MVC 4. We'd like the site to consist of separate "modules", each of which provides a different feature: messaging, ...
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Designing extensible, interactive systems

Steve Yegge's The Pinoccio Problem describes a very special type of program: one that not only fulfills the original purpose of its creators, but also is capable of performing arbitrary, user-defined ...
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Programming languages with a Lisp-like syntax extension mechanism [closed]

I have only a limited knowledge of Lisp (trying to learn a bit in my free time) but as far as I understand Lisp macros allow to introduce new language constructs and syntax by describing them in Lisp ...
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How should I create a mutable, varied jtree with arbitrary/generic category nodes?

Please note: I don't want coding help here, I'm on Programmers for a reason. I want to improve my program planning/writing skills not (just) my understanding of Java. I'm trying to figure out how to ...
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How do I architect 2 plugins that share a common component?

I have an object that takes in data and spits out a transformed output, called IBaseItem. I also have two parsers, IParserA and IParserB. These parsers transform external data (in format dataA and ...
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For a Javascript library, what is the best or standard way to support extensibility

Specifically, I want to support "plugins" that modify the behavior of parts of the library. I couldn't find much information on the web about this subject. But here are my ideas for how a library ...
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When is 'cloning', rather than reusing, a module acceptable design solution?

For this question, I'll give an example module to facilitate the discussion, Let's say the module is a calculation engine, It currently servers its purpose for its current audience. The requirement is ...
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What is the most effective way to add functionality to unfamiliar, structurally unsound code? [duplicate]

This is probably something everyone has to face during the development sooner or later. You have an existing code written by someone else, and you have to extend it to work under new requirements. ...
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Might I run into any trouble if I plug into an existing service/application with my own application and charge for it?

I know this is more of a lawyer question, however I figure someone here has probably done this and can give me a quick answer. Lets take a moderately extreme case. I build an adapter for a website ...
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Extensibility in multi-tenant systems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you manage extensibility in your multi-tenant systems? I asked this on StackOverflow, but I thought it might be more appropriate for Programmers. I've got a ...
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What do I need to develop a PHP extension in lampp?

Actually I'm dealing with a trouble in my system, I have to delivery the system to clients and it was built in PHP, JS, ShellScript and SQL. I would like to encrypt the code or obfuscate it from ...
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How to design a system that allows for multiple parallel extensions of the same “component”?

As a player, I found the following problems about creating and using "extensions" (aka mods) for games: 1) Whenever the game is updated, all the mods break. 2) Most mods don't work with each ...
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How would one go about building pluggable software?

If you have an application of some sort and you want your users to be able to write plugins for it, how should the application be designed? What do you have to take into account, what design ...
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Difference between extensible programming and extendible programming?

What exactly is the different between "extensible programming" and "extendible programming?" Wikipedia states the following: The Lisp language community remained separate from the extensible ...
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Should I let my users write BnfExpressions to extend my grammar?

Preface I'm designing a templating language (please skip the don't/why?? speech). One of the major goals of this language is to be extensible. There are 2 main elements in my language. "Tags" and ...
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How can I improve the ease of which I can extend my software?

I am thinking about how software like Microsoft Windows grows from small as MS-DOS to Windows 7, Adobe Photoshop from its first version to version CS5. What techniques were used to accomplish this? ...