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How are globals any different from a database?

I just ran across this old question asking what's so evil about global state, and the top-voted, accepted answer asserts that you can't trust any code that works with global variables, because some ...
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Are global variables okay to use in asynchronous programs?

This may be a stupid question, sorry. I've read about the drawbacks of global variables a lot on this site. I'm finally trying to increase my code quality for a large project that'll be reviewed by ...
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Is a global context stack a code smell?

I would like to hear arguments for or against a plan I am considering. I have a large network of nodes each of which has vector-valued properties. Accessing these properties (read or write) requires ...
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Are static global variables as bad as global variables? How to avoid using them?

In general, I know that global variables are bad and should be avoided. Are static global variables equally bad? In all my projects, I have heavily relied on static global variables. From design ...
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Without using Singletons, what is a good way to manage a global resource? [duplicate]

Unlike many libraries SDL and OpenGL are designed to provide global resources; you can access them at any time from any class. There are justifications for this: They are written in C, meant to be ...
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Memory usage of global versus local variables

I am a beginner in C coding. I'm writing a C code where a variable is required to be used by different functions. I want to ask whether to use a global variable and manipulate it through functions or ...
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Routing with a crowded bootstrap

I'm developing a Hack application with a front controller. I've opted out of using a framework, and though my router is pretty naive, it's done its job. The highest-level components are in the global ...
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Rationale for modern languages implement changeable global variables [closed]

Common sense seems to be that usage of global variables is bad, in particular if they are used as real variables (i.e. changing state; e.g. Why is Global State so Evil?). How does it come then, that ...
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AutoIncrement Integer Column,Guid or PGuid, which to choose?

Guid has been a Global Unique Identification. Why does "PGuid" (Global Unique Identification) appear? 1) Is Guid NOT PERMENT for unique? (I sometimes wonder whether Guid is REALLY PERMENT generator ...
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C++ Extensible namespaces - how to force declarations back into global namespace

It is good programming style to include all necessary dependencies in a header that references them. Often this includes declarations that are placed in the STD & global namespaces (like cstdio). ...
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Are file-scope `static` variables in C as bad as `extern` global variables?

In C, you'd often/sometimes (as a matter of style) use a file-scope static variable where you'd use a private class member variable in C++. When scaling to multithreaded programs, simply adding ...
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Module level logger function

I've recently been assigned to a new project because I'm one of the only developers at my company who has used Python extensively in the past. My first task was to clean up the code base and make it ...
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How to avoid tying these two methods together with global mutable state?

I'm in the process of reading Code Complete 2 and learned that using global state is a no-no. What can I do to avoid using global state in this situation? Some background information: I have two ...
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Why create a Global-ish Object.create function?

I'm a fairly experienced programmer in the .NET and Java realms, and I've started reading up on JavaScript. I bought Douglas Crockford's "The Good Parts" book, and I'm immediately put off by a few ...
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Using macros to protect assignment to global variables

Because there is no language feature in C to protect assignment to global variables would you recommend doing something like this? Take this example: We have a module with the header file called ...
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Early destruction of objects in c++

I am not sure if this is the right forum of this question, but I will try here since this question about the c++ language. The problem: I use one global variable in my code which is a graphics object....
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Various methods manipulating same member variable versus each takes inputs and provides output [closed]

As software design paradigm which is better? to let various methods manipulate a member variable, or define each method or function to take some inputs and provide some outputs? For example class ...
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How can I avoid the “global $dbh” anti-pattern?

This is what most of my database-related library code looks like: lib.php <?php $dbh = new PDO(...); function doSomeDatabaseThing() { global $dbh; return $dbh->doStuff(); } function ...
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Separating Code into Smaller Files in C

I am in the process of cleaning up my code and making it easier to maintain. I am doing this by turning my 5000+ line file into separate smaller files. I have successfully created separate source and ...
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How to avoid global state without large function signatures?

So, there are some good answers to this question, namely: Why is Global State so Evil? I have a specific question about the alternatives Mikera proposed as the answer with the second most up-votes. ...
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Doesn't an event bus affect global state?

"Minimize mutable global state" is a more or less accepted program design principle. The reason often cited is that having global state can affect two components that don't are seemingly unrelated. In ...
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Where to keep global variables in Windows Forms App

I have here a Vb.Net employee management application. It has employees, managers, teams, trainings and so on. The way the application is set up now, data is read from the database in the startup form ...
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Setting global parameters: is this a reasonable use of const_cast and volatile?

I have a program that I run repeatedly with various parameter sets. Different parameters are used in different parts of the program (including different source files). The same parameter may also be ...
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Storing session in a static variable?

I'm currently checking a older piece of C# code used to maintain a login session. public static ZRWebserviceSession CurrentSession { get { return _currSession; } set { _currSession = value; } } ...
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Global variables in javascript

I don't consider myself a highly skilled javascript developer, but I thought I got one thing right for sure: don't create global variables unless you really have to. I've been learning angularjs ...
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Dependency injection for request variables in a web application

I'm working a PHP 5.5/MySQL web application. If a class depends partly on some global GET and POST variables for its members, should I just refer to them directly from within the class, or should I ...
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Use a global variable, a singleton, or something else

Preface: I am working in PHP (Abandon hope all ye who enter here). Background: There exists a large set of global functions in PHP, a number of which are miscellaneous system calls, like sleep (and ...
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messaging class and global state

This is a front end project that is using socket.io for all communication with the server. This allows for push which is good, but recently we have been asked to provide a pause button. The pause ...
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Is using a global to maintain the currently logged in user bad practice?

I'm doing some android development in a relatively inexperienced group, and all of the data used by our application is managed in a database. There are several instances where we'll need to pull info ...
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In Ruby, change global in thread safe block

In Ruby, I have a use case for a few common configuration options, e.g. NOOP, TRACE, SILENT. Right now I am using local vars instead of globals and passing them around all over the place and it's a ...
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Replacing static classes with global state to a series of POJOs, beginning to feel like an anti-pattern

I'm trying to refactor some code, and one of the major changes is to remove the (ab)use of static classes to give global state. I've tried to split up some of the 'global state' functionality with ...
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How to provide a ubiquitous object without including it in every parameter list

I'm writing a small C++ class, Block, to transform serialized data into a memory structure, and supply the structured data to callers through several accessor methods. I've tried to keep its scope ...
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Strategies for removing register_globals from a file

I have a file (or rather, a list of about 100 files) in my website's repository that is still requiring the use of register_globals and other nastiness (like custom error reporting, etc) because the ...
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Why is Global State so Evil?

Before we start this, let me say I'm well aware of the concepts of Abstraction and Dependency Injection. I don't need my eyes opened here. Well, most of us say, (too) many times without really ...