According to Wikipedia, Future-proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events.

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Decimal vs. Integer; Given a fixed range of values, which is preferable for accurate computation?

After getting into a "heated discussion" with someone, I figured I'd ask this question for the sake of posterity. I'm willing to be corrected if my assumption is incorrect but I'd like to hear a ...
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How far to go when future proofing fluent-method-chained-DSL test code?

Is it worth implementing interfaces, or using the getThis() trick, or even static factory methods to future proof against the need to extend this DSL? The current design is a pair of thin ...
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What is the traditional way to maintain extensibility in a database-driven application like this?

I'm working on a simple application for a game in Java that allows a user to record whether they have collected a given item and how much experience it contains. This will work for multiple item types ...
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Is Node.js future-safe? [closed]

I've been getting great results with Node.js since a year+. Everything is perfect and I couldn't be happier. Yet I have a feeling that this model won't last long and will be forgotten as soon as ...
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Is there a well grounded theory on backward and forward compatibility of formats, languages, grammars and vocabularies?

I have a friend who has the specific problem of building a case against the use of a custom HTML <wrapper> tag in some site's markup. Now, intuitively we can answer that use of such a tag is ...
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Keep it simple now, or program with the future in mind?

I'm currently coding a new application for my company that is rather involved. To meet the deadline, the functionality has been toned down quite a bit so that we can have something ready to go for ...
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Decoupling Threads

It's not uncommon to hear of decoupling the UI from program logic, or database design/access from program logic...or even program logic from itself. However, I've never heard of an approach to ...
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Future-proofing myself when learning to program

I want to learn to program in a 'future-proof' manner, if you like. Whilst Windows dominates the desktop OS marketplace (for now), obviously there is a lot of value in learning its ...
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Will real world applications ever need a 128-bit flat address space?

This is a bit "one megabyte should be enough for anyone", but... A 64-bit flat address space allows up to 4.3ish billion times more space than a 32-bit address space. That's 17,179,869,184 GiB. ...
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Should I worry about switching over from IPv4 to IPv6?

As you must be aware that IPv4 addresses ar almost over and the switch to IPv6 is imminent, should I, as a programmer need to worry about anything to make my applications work with the new system ? ...