A library is a collection of resources providing data and/or services for developing independent software.

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Should I pass array or pointer?

I am writing a C++ library (but prefer C style interface functions) and one of the function returns array of floats. I am not sure if I should pass pointer or fixed array to get this data? // in the ...
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How can I use different versions of an evolving library in different projects?

The problem I write a lot of exploratory code in my research. As I go along, I put functionality that I'd like to reuse in a central location. A project might look like this: ./mylib ./exploration ...
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Universal means of describing what functions a library should expose

I am busy with a hobby OS and I am planning on making the project open-source and eventually have support for multiple platforms. With this in mind I have taken the approach of putting all hardware ...
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Use of Unmodified AGPLv3 lib - am I AGPL too?

So, I've been reading the AGPL and here is my understanding (not being a lawyer and I'm not trying to look at it through the lens of "Since I WANT it to be ''free'', it therefore is.". In my case, I ...
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Member functions vs. Non-member functions for math operators

I'm writing a linear algebra library (long story short, it's a school assignment) that involves matrices, vectors, etc. In the process of creating this library, I'm going to be creating functions ...
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How to organize repositories for a split library?

I have two libraries that implement a protocol: one provides tools for establishing a channel between two parts, and the other provides classes and tools for building and parsing the binary protocol ...
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Using web api or libraries

We currently have 1 domain and 4 subdomains using 5 different applications. We are programming in asp.net and we have 6 different solution project. 5 applications and 1 solution for shared back-end. ...
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Algorithm/research on detecting language of text [closed]

I am interested in finding an approach that will detect what language a string of text is. As Google translate does.
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Dangers when implementing features as plugins [closed]

What kind of problems have you encountered when building plugin interfaces for your application? And how did you resolve them? Background I want to refactor an application so that various features ...
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When would you choose *not* to update a third-party library to a newer version?

Using third party libraries for productivity gains in software development is common. Unfortunately, along with the library's functionality we also import its bugs. Some of them get fixed in ...
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C# dynamically linking different libraries and/or external classes

tl;dr Is it possible to include an external library (and create instances of objects represented within that library) based on some condition? This must be done at compile-time, so separate builds? ...
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Proper way to “compile” a javascript project?

I'm developing a small open-source javascript library, and I was wondering about the proper method for compiling the source into one javascript file. It's easier to develop if the code is split into ...
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Can some LGPL library published upgrades use a commercial library?

I am using a LGPL v3 library and have made upgrades to it. Before using these upgrades, I understand I have to publish them. That's al-right. Is it legal if I perform upgrades that use a commercial ...
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Should timeout be a public static property or a parameter to every function?

TLDR: Should TIMEOUT be a public property on my static class, or a parameter to every function? Background: I am releasing a c# client-api library that facilitates communicating with our REST api. ...
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What are the tradeoffs involved in referencing Context in a library?

Context is one of the core classes of Android, and many functions it contains are useful in Android library projects, particularly accessing configuration. What are the trade offs involved in ...
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In what situations do mutually dependent modules have an advantage?

Earlier today I created two mutually dependent, implicitly linked DLLs just to see if this was possible: http://i.imgur.com/GMACpnC.jpg I am just curious; in general, what advantages might this kind ...
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Where in computer science education does “reuse and integration” find comprehensive coverage? [closed]

This intro is only my naive attempt at a mile-high snapshot helping me to position my question. Any user trying to answer my question, that tries to nail down one aspect of programming, will have to ...
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What is the difference between HaXe NME and OpenFL?

On http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NME_%28framework%29 there is an info: NME is an open-source game and application framework that supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, ...
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How do I alter an open source library for my own use?

I'm programming in Objective-C. I want to include a camera library, DLCImagePicker, in my project. There is a variable I need to change, but it is private and I have no access to it. I've thought of ...
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Using jTransforms for a commercial (non-free) android application?

I am developing an application which is using JTransforms to compute FFT and InverseFFT. I am planning to sell that application on Play Store. The JTransforms Library is covered under MPL/LGPL/GPL ...
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Should I fork for a major re-write that uses a small amount of the original code? [closed]

I'm writing a library. It's a completely rewritten version of another one, to suit my needs (PCL compatibility, mainly). However, the API will be completely rewritten, as I'll need to change a lot of ...
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Is it required to differentiate between js framework and js library?

While searching through many javascript libraries/frameworks, I observed that the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. So, conceptually is it important to distinguish between framework and ...
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How do I distribute my scientific software with as few dependencies as possible?

As part of my research, I write a lot of Python and MATLAB code that never needs to be distributed to anyone else. Even if I need to distribute my software, Python and MATLAB, both being interpreted, ...
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In embedded, is there any difference between a device driver and a library?

Assuming a platform with no kernel mode, such as Atmel AVR, is there any difference between a device driver and a library, given that everything is user mode anyway? I ask because I'm thinking about ...
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What is global mutable variable behaviour in dynamically-linked libraries?

When a dynamically linked library includes a global mutable variable, such as a container for state initialised when loading the library, how do references to that variable behave when running an ...
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C++11 Header-only Library: in-class body vs. out-class body code?

BACKGROUND:optional Since 2002 I've been slowly building my own Windows Native C++ library. And let's just say that I have jumped 150KLOC (reusable code) having everything I need and the kitchen sink ...
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Why doesn't libxml2 support XPath 2.0? [closed]

Libxml2 is the faster, stable and most popular "open DOM engine"... And the "XML C parser and toolkit of Gnome". The initial release of Libxml2 was September 1999, 13 years ago. XPath v1.0 was also ...
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Differences between different creative coding libraries

I've worked with Cinder previously under Windows, but have recently switched to Ubuntu. Since Cinder doesn't work on Linux (::sadface::) I've began looking for alternatives. With that in mind, could ...
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Why do some opensouce libraries lack comments?

I don't know if this happens to most Opensource libraries, but many of I know and use (for example OpenSSL, Webkit, ...) they all lack comments, or contain very few comments. Not to mention their ...
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Type dependencies vs directory structure

Something I've been wondering about recently is how to organize types in directories/namespaces w.r.t. their dependencies. One method I've seen, which I believe is the recommendation for both Haskell ...
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Coding Convention: C++ Header/Interface Files

I'm reading through a PDF on C++ programming from this page on Stanford's site. It says that when you're creating a C++ header file for a library interface, use a #ifndef preprocessor command to make ...
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What is good way to maintain library project without redundancy?

I am an Android developer, while I am developing a new project I often find I need to import a library project, so in every new project I need to to copy my library project and then I can add. Is ...
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How could distribution and reuse flexibility be hurt by linking my program as a static or dynamic library?

I'm writing a small program that I want to be able to link with other programs. I also intend to run it from a command line interface, and maybe later with a GUI interface. How could distribution ...
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Javascript library for Java source code reference

Could you suggest any JS lib, that will "recognize" all Java classes in specified text and create reference link to page with this class? (similar to Eclipse Ctrl+click) There are plenty of good JS ...
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How do I distinguish between things belonging to the standard library, specific gems, and those that are user-generated in Ruby?

I'm a beginning programmer, that for various reasons is using an existing Ruby codebase to learn to program. My goal is to be able to understand and eventually extend this codebase. However, I find it ...
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Branching library behavior based on 3rd party library existence

Someone proposed to me this pattern which I have never heard of before and can't find any information on it. The basic idea is, when building a library for other developers to use; if the developer ...
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How to port cli c++ program with GNU libraries from windows to Linux

I need to implement some graph partitioning algorithms for my thesis. I have mostly Windows experience. I would like to know if it is hard to migrate c++ console program to Linux. I want to program it ...
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What guidelines should I follow while designing a library?

I am working on a Arduino project using the Uno. The project contains a significant amount of code. I would like to create a library and I may even share it later on. What guidelines should I follow ...
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Is it a good idea to build a library on top of somebody else's library?

Is it a good idea to use somebody else's library as a base and build your own library over that. I want to make a JavaScript Canvas framework for a animation player on top of KineticJS. Should I do ...
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A simple C library filling the gaps in standard (C, POSIX) libraries?

I'm looking for a C function library, which would contain a collection of simple and plain utility functions "missing" from C or POSIX standards. I found this earlier question, but answers there list ...
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Is it bad to reuse other programmer's code libraries that can perform generic tasks? [duplicate]

Reusing large amount of helpful codes made by other programmers is very tempting for me. I specifically refer to codes that can perform generic tasks, such as Data Access Layer (DAL) codes. I am ...
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Big project with many external libraries - source code organisation

I was wondering what is the best way to organize my source code. I was researching on SO and found http://stackoverflow.com/a/1398594/137261 but this source code layout is library specific and doesn't ...
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Few big libraries or many small libraries?

Over the course of some months I've created a little framework for game development that I currently include in all of my projects. The framework depends on SFML, LUA, JSONcpp, and other libraries. ...
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Restrictions Calling DLLs Across Technologies?

I want to call a DLL in my programming language of 'choice'. The documentation surrounding this clearly states that it must be a 32-bit DLL written in C, C++ or Delphi. But I wanted to call a DLL ...
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Noda Time vs Joda Time?

In the Noda Time User's Guide, the rationale section states: the public API has been largely rewritten, both to provide an API which is more idiomatic for .NET, and also to rectify some of the ...
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Should my small software library avoid using other libraries?

I've just released a small Java library that offers only a few classes and methods. Since I built the project with Maven, I immediately used several third-party libraries to achieve my goals, ...
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Importing java.awt.* does not automattically imports java.awt.event.*?

In the Java programming language, why does importing of java.awt.* does not automatically import java.awt.event.* too? Now, you guys may say that it's because it's java.awt.* and not something like ...
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Why don't modern libraries use OOP

I'm a beginner-level C++ programmer, but I understand the concepts of the language fairly well. When I began to learn external C++ libraries, like SDL, OpenGL (maybe something else too), to my great ...
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Why is using C++ libraries so complicated?

First of all, I want to note I love C++ and I'm one of those people who thinks it is easier to code in C++ than Java. Except for one tiny thing: libraries. In Java you can simply add some jar to the ...
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Did C++11 address concerns passing std lib objects between dynamic/shared library boundaries? (ie dlls and so)?

One of my major complaints about C++ is how hard in practice it is to pass std library objects outside of dynamic library (ie dll/so) boundaries. The std library is often header-only. Which is great ...