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How to address, “Is anyone even using this feature?” questions [closed]

My team will regularly make code changes that break a unit or integration test for a feature hidden deep in the dark corners of our application. When the test breaks there is a frequent question, ...
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Do any package managers provide select-one dependencies

With jquery very slowly being phased out you get into more and more situations where library X will run with either jquery or zepto.js (but at least one is required). No package managers that I can ...
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Program unable to write data (read-only file) and losing it — a bug or a feature? [closed]

I found, that some very famous app (I'm not disclosing name intentionally) has a "problem", when writing meta-data of a file and the file turns out to be read-only. Program doesn't handle that too ...
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Beautiful user interface vs. more and more technical features? [closed]

I will understand if you find this is more a discussion than a technical question and if you close the topic (then, where would be an appropriate place to discuss about that? thank you in advance). ...
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Spurious wakeups explanation sounds like a bug that just isn't worth fixing, is that right?

According to the Wikipedia article on Spurious Wakeups "a thread might be awoken from its waiting state even though no thread signaled the condition variable". While I've know about this ...
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Where does the the term “feature creep” come from?

There is a decent Wikipedia article on the "Feature Creep", but it doesn't state an origin. A Google search only leads to some vague article claiming "Earl Rich" coined the term, but there isn't much ...
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Feature organization / authentication? [closed]

Let's say I have a product that has different features, or different feature access depending on things (i.e Premium User, Beta, Demo, Logged-in User, etc..). What's the best way to organize a system ...
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Feature vs. Function

Often I hear PMs (Project Managers) talk about feature and function. And I'm just so puzzled to differentiate them. Sometimes I think of a feature to be equivalent to a user story. Something like "As ...
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What is easier to do with web applications compared to native GUI applications?

I have the impression that more and more applications with a user interface use HTML+CSS+JavaScript client-side instead of a native GUI framework. I wounder what are the most important driving forces ...
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SQL Auto Formatting and Auto Capatilize in Vim

I'd like to use vim for writing SQL queries, but I haven't figured out yet how to get two key features that I use all the time in programs like SQL Yog. I usually just start up an instance of Yog in ...
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What do you do when there is a last minute request to exclude a feature from a release?

There is a feature that has already passed acceptance testing, both internally and by the customer. It is a fully working feature. However, there is now a request to exclude this feature from an ...
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How to deal with IDE Addon creep?

I'm sure I am not alone in this issue so I wanted to see what others do to handle this problem. Whenever I have to reinstall my IDE, one of the first things I do is go out and look for addons. It ...
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What is the difference between user stories and features?

Playing with icescrum, I realised that I do not understand the difference between user stories and user features. Can someone explain the difference?
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Is IPv6 support a “nice to have” feature anymore?

I work on an app that does a lot of network communication. I know that IPv4 addresses are being exhausted. At the same time, none of our customers are asking for IPv6 yet. We are examining which new ...
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UI Testing with Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2

One of the most intriguing items in the recently released Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is the ability to create and edit UI tests in Silverlight. Here is an example of a coded UI test. I ...
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Specifying and applying broad changes to a program

How do you handle incomplete feature requests, when the ones asking for the feature cannot possibly write a complete request? Consider an imaginary situation. You are a tech lead working on a piece ...
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What do you do when a user asks for a feature you will not implement?

What do you do when a user asks for a complex feature that you could implement, but you aren't going to do it because 1) it adds unnecessary complexity to other users 2) you are not going to do it as ...
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C# or .Net features to cut off assuming no backward compatibility needed? [closed]

Any product or framework evolves. Mainly it's done to catch up the needs of it's users, leverage new computing powers and simply make it better. Sometimes the primary design goal also changes with the ...
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What features/changes would you most like to see in Visual Studio 2012? [closed]

Or at least the "next version". There are some very interesting, grand ideas out there, threatening to revolutionise the way we code. Equally, there is likely a whole flurry of little improvements ...
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What default features is Windows missing that are required for programmers? [closed]

What features is Windows missing that can improve the productivity of a programmer. I know a lot of people would want some features from Linux and OSX ported or being created for Windows as well. What ...
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What features in Eclipse is not available in Visual Studio? [closed]

I have done much development in Java using Eclipse, and now I have started to use Visual Studio for .NET development. So far I find the IDEs to be able to do the same things, but just different. What ...
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Why can't there be an “universal” programming language that serves all purposes? [closed]

why not combine the best features of the all existent programming languages and fit it in a universal programming language?
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Killer semi-unique programming language features [closed]

When learning a new programming language you sometimes come across a language feature which makes you wish you had it in your other programming languages that you know. What are some language ...