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Best approach to avoid duplication of code meant to run on windows/iOS/Android devices?

I am working on a new version of the following system: A 'main control' service that runs on Windows Server (C#). Clients on the following systems, that communicate with the above service via Web ...
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What's the best way to create a two-level library, containing a class with different levels of abilities?

I would like to create a library consisting of two layers, lets call them A and B. There should be a class "Sample" in layer A. Layer B also knows about class "Sample" and enlarges it by some methods. ...
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Who should I submit a bug to when two vendor libraries collide?

I found a bug. Yay for me. The bug is such a mix of technologies I am not sure who I should submit the bug to. The bug is a mix of Adobe Experience Manager and Angular Materials. Neither is really ...
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Preferable design of scope guard in C++

Recently, I come across an issue about the design of scope guard. A scope guard invokes a supplied function object (usually performs cleanup procedures) upon exiting the enclosing scope. The current ...
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Is it legally fine to name a project or a library with a famous person name? [migrated]

I wonder if there are any legal reasons for that to be not ok? There are many precedents, e.g. Sinatra, Kafka, Shakespeare, Django etc , so are there any limitations ? (living people etc)
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Library/API Runtime Between Versions

I was having a conversation with a friend about the C# StringBuilder class, and what it's behavior was. I'll paraphrase, but my side of the conversation was something like this (I oversimplified ...
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How to handle user created expressions in application

In our application users can enter custom expressions to calculate certain things. For instance they can specify an invoice and define a number of lines for cost calculation. Example for a course ...
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python - differences between reusable code vs. code for solving specific tasks

Reusable code (ex. libraries and frameworks) and code written to solve a specific task and not meant to be reused as a general tool (for example, code being used only by my 6 person team in a private ...
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Are header-only libraries more efficient?

Assumptions One of the advantages of header-only libraries for C++ is that they do not need to be compiled separately. In C and C++ inline makes sense only if the function is defined in a header ...
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Writing R packages to replace .R scripts?

In our company we have a handful of R users who have collectively written some ~30 .R scripts over the last year. The scripts are mostly 100 lines or less, defining useful and reusable functions. ...
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What comes first: choice of language or choice of libraries? [closed]

You're starting a new project. You and your team are fluent enough in a number of programming languages. You begin the design phase. What should be discussed first: the language of choice, or the ...
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What does it mean to build from source?

I'm trying to install numpy using this. This link opens with these instructions: These instructions describe how to build NumPy and SciPy libraries from source. If you just want to use NumPy ...
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How do you stick to an ABI/API in a commercial library?

How does a commercial library vendor manage to stick to the same ABI over years of development (or is this a bad assumption on my part)? I would have thought that over time a lot of functions and ...
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Are facilities that generate HTML for you, considered harmful? [closed]

I will approach this from two directions (+ raw HTML itself being de-facto third) Proprietary HTML-generating code Code generating facilities provided by a popular library Proprietary ...
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What is a “shaded” JVM client?

JVM developer here. Lately I've seen banter on IRC chat rooms and even in my own office about so-called "shaded" Java libs/clients. The context of the use will be something like: "Such and so ...
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Maintaining multiple versions of a library that all need maintenance and development

I'm writing an interface to a lexicon in Java. I just started this project, and the lexicon is on version 3.8. When a new version comes out, say version 4.0, database columns may be renamed, removed, ...
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Will issues arise packaging libc and pthread with your C apps?

The issue I hit, is that I am packaging shared libraries with my code in order to load GNUTLS, except for libc, because I figured any system will have it. Most of them don't have the required 2.14 for ...
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Why use an opaque “handle” that requires casting in a public API rather than a typesafe struct pointer?

I'm evaluating a library whose public API currently looks like this: libengine.h /* Handle, used for all APIs */ typedef size_t enh; /* Create new engine instance; result returned in handle */ ...
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Best approach for aliases namespace from config

I'm working on a library that contains a large number of components that have namespaces that are nested. Also, when a new module inside the library get's added, we then have to add the namespace and ...
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Do classes in a JRE library support observable and/or asynchronous reads from external/non-JRE assemblies?

How can I implement my cross-platform library (e.g. on JRE) to operate in a thread-safe manner on object references, so that native front-ends on other platforms can observe the object and take ...
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Possible alternatives to copy constructors

In my C++ project I am relying on some libraries that do memory management for me. I make wrapper classes, for ease of use and memory safety, for example the class below. Note that this is a much ...
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Structuring a Python Project: Need some guidance

I currently am working on a project that involves several discrete components that have some common functionality, and I am in need of some advice. Right now I have a central component responsible ...
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Approach for polyglot logging

I'm building a desktop app with a Java front-end and very performance critical Fortran libraries. We've recently started pushing more of our code out of Java and into Fortran (see below) Soon we will ...
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Error handling in math library functions

When writing a library function, such as double getAvg(double[]); how should one handle the empty array? (Note that, mathematically speaking the avg of an empty set is undefined.)
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When writing a math library, will operator overloading maintain OOP?

I want to make a fairly complicated mathematical library for a personal project and then have a visualization/GUI to go along with it to demonstrate the maths - nothing hardcore like topology but just ...
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In C, how are functions accessible if they're not inline or called by #include? [closed]

I'm looking at code that somehow calls a library but I don't see it calling any of the library's headers at any point. I've done searches within the code and I don't see anywhere the functions, ...
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Importing plain javascript libraries in an AngularJs application

I am working on an AngularJs project which is getting bigger very fast. Currently I need to store some user data, so I was using $localStorage for Angular. But I had a problem, as the application is ...
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Is it good practice to put database connections into a class library? [closed]

I am using entity framework and I created multiple libs. XYZ is main lib which handles majority of operations. And for integration purpose I have created different libs which are comparatively ...
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Using delegates to avoid duplicate creation of resources

I'm writing a PCL that uses an HttpClient to go visit a few sites and extract data from them. My initial code looked like this: public static class Download { public async static ...
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Async library guidance

I'm creating a library that contains a class that exposes several Async methods: public class MyClass { public async Task<Foo> DoFooAsync() { /*...*/ } public async Task<Bar> ...
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How to structure project where a library and application using the library are concurrently developed?

I am planning to develop a new application that will heavily use a library that will be developed from scratch specifically for the application, but made general enough for it to be used for other ...
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audio file processing in C++

I thought of the following project that I want to pursue: I want to create a C++ program, that can play audiofiles and visualize the amplitudes of individual frequency bands in real time (e.g. with ...
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SVN shared modules / dependency management

I'm working with a small-ish team of developers. We're using Subversion for version control. Much of the software is for embedded systems. We want to set up a reasonably convenient way to share ...
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Why would I need node.js to run a javascript library?

I'm interested in using sigma.js, and I'm looking at the instructions here: https://github.com/jacomyal/sigma.js/wiki One of the prerequisites is that node.js is installed. If it's a client side ...
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Maintaining Software Variants [duplicate]

What is the industry-accepted way of publishing and maintaining an open-source project which has different "flavors" or variants, but basically uses the same codebase? For example, I am working on a ...
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Is it realistic to expect to create a livestream platform from scratchish? Is there a better way?

I am intending to create a livestream based website tailored towards a specific purpose, preferably with an optional anonymous side to uploading. As far as I can see I have two options: Create my ...
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What to keep in mind when releasing an app which uses libraries licensed under the Apache 2.0 License?

I'm creating an Android app which is soon ready for release. I'm just going to implement a tab system using this library. I read that it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. I've never used any ...
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When writing a library or an API, when should and when shouldn't I validate or automatically correct errors in data provided by another developer?

I have a fairly good understanding of when data validation should and shouldn't exist when it comes when writing an application that is only dealt with by an end-user, and all the different tiers of ...
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Library OSes vs Unikernels

My understanding of a Hypervisor & Virtual Machines is that the hypervisor is a program (either running on top of a host OS, or running bare metal as the host) that leverages binary-compatible ...
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Licensing - Open Source with Paid Distribution

I have a project consisting of a core library with a number of platform-specific wrapper libraries. I want to release it all under an Open Source license (maybe MIT or LPGL). I also want to sell the ...
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How to decide what library to use?

I'm faced with the question of what library to use in an Android app. For the sake of generality and objectivity, I'll avoid mentioning what the libraries actually do. I've narrowed the field down ...
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Designing exception classes

I'm coding a small library and I'm having some trouble with designing the exception handling. I must say that I am (still) confused by this feature of the C++ language and I tried to read as much as ...
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Is it okay to expose implementation components in a library?

I'm writing a library for general consumption (It's free software and open source). Is it okay to have a visible namespace (e.g. Library.Implementation) for implementation-only components that remain ...
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Function naming design in a C Library

I'm writing a C (c99) library that operates on strings. I'm having a design problem writing functions that will perform in different modes. For example; the Find function can search for: the ...
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How much data from a web service should I expose in a library?

I'm working on a personal project, a library that can access the weather forecasts and other weather related data from it. However, a lot of the returned data is sometimes quite redundant or simply ...
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Calculating the determinant of a matrix

I am working on a library (in my spare time) that I hope to open source soon. One of the elements in the library is a method for calculating the determinant of a given input matrix. For this, I have ...
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Is it a good idea to include extra libraries in jars?

When creating executable jars for a java project, it is possible to create jar bundle which includes all the external libraries used. It is also possible to create a jar without those external ...
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Experiences with C++ Async/actor model Library [closed]

I am fairly experienced with async and concurrent programming in c# using event, actor, and task based patterns, but now I have a task in c++ with which I have basic familiarity and it needs some ...
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Can a linux distribution provide an API to a proprietary codec? If so under what conditions?

As an example lets take the MPEG2 codec, let us say I am building a Linux distribution which I intend to ship in two pieces. Piece 1: (free) Core libraries and applications Piece 2: (paid) ...
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Library design: better to leave potentially destructive feature in with a warning, or cut it out completely?

I recently created a red-black tree in C# to better understand how it works. With it, I implemented an in-order enumerator, however I quickly realized that enumerating a tree can have destructive ...