system quality aspect characterizing the ease of software maintenance

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Fighting technical debt as the “lowest developer”?

Let's say you work for a company and what you do is develop software for them. You have no idea of the big picture or maybe slight. What you do have are tasks assigned to you via issue tracking ...
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How would you know if you've written readable and easily maintainable code?

How would one know if the code he has created is easily maintainable and readable? Of course in your point of view (the one who actually wrote the code) your code is readable and maintainable, but we ...
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Should one create underlying architecture to increase flexibility - in advance or when needed? [closed]

In this question I asked: Is the cost of designing more levels of abstraction to allow loose coupling worth the benefits, or not? People said that it's often worth the cost, but one should sense ...
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Using lookahead assertions in regular expressions

I use regular expressions on a daily basis, as my daily work is 90% in Perl (legacy codebase, but that's a different issue). Despite this, I still find lookahead and lookbehind to be terribly ...
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How to keep a big and complex software product maintainable over the years?

I have been working as a software developer for many years now. It has been my experience that projects get more complex and unmaintainable as more developers get involved in the development of the ...
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How maintainable are automated refactorings? [closed]

Resharper offered to turn my loop: foreach (JObject obj in arr) { var id = (string)obj["Id"]; var accountId = (double)obj["AccountId"]; var departmentName = (string)obj["DeptName"]; ...
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Scrum decision making versus maintainability and development time? [closed]

I appreciate that this question may be controversial. In a sense, it is the flip-side of the question "Business trying to make technical decisions". In Scrum, the development team is supposed to be ...
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How to avoid unmaintainable code when using SQL in an MVC setting?

I want to present a list of products to the user. This list is paginated and can be sorted by the user by product ID or product name in ascending or descending order. I am using an MVC setting, where ...
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Am I right to be skeptical of ASP.NET MVC “Html Helpers”? [closed]

ASP.NET WebForms seemed really great until that moment of realization the abstraction you'd welcomed was producing HTML that was worlds away from what you needed. Wrestling with that framework to ...
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Ways of developing for small system. What is expedient?

I'm developing a small system for internal automation. I use asp.net webforms and faced with a choice: develop a system architecture in an object-oriented style (development becomes more difficult ...
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Readability vs benefits of polymorphism

We are dealing with a lot of CRUD operations in our application. Each database table has one or more corresponding SQLContainer instances to perform various types of operations. All of these ...
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Usage of magic strings/numbers [closed]

This is somewhat controversial topic, and I guess there is as many opinions as there are programmers. But for the sake of it, I want to know what are the common practices in business (or in your work ...
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Which is the most practical way to add functionality to this piece of code?

I'm writing an open source library which handles hexagonal grids. It mainly revolves around the HexagonalGrid and the Hexagon class. There is a HexagonalGridBuilder class which builds the grid which ...
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Does the use of mongodb enhance extending/changing database driven applications?

When an application is created which need to store data, an SQL database is used very often. So did I in a lot of asp.net applications. The resulting applications have often an ORM like the entity ...
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Encapsulate standard C functions?

While studying the C programming language and learning safe practices, I'm inclined to write a layer of functionality over several parts of the standard library. This would serve two purposes: I ...
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Implementing new required feature after software release

Fake Scenario There is a software that was released 1 year ago. The software is to map and register all kind of animals on our planet. When the software was released, the client only needed to know ...
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Does usage of advanced language features decrease maintainability? [duplicate]

On a code review, I've stumbled on an interesting idea, which I can't properly judge alone. Is it OK to improve readability of code by means of not widely known language syntax? When the original ...
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What's wrong with this approach to CSS?

I have a static Jekyll website. The website is constructed once, on my computer, and then sent to the server in the form of plain HTML, image, and CSS files, to be served by a regular HTTP server. ...
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Clean readable code vs fast hard to read code. When to cross the line?

When I write code I always try to make my code as clean and readable as possible. Every now and then there comes a time when you need to cross the line and go from nice clean code to slightly uglier ...
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What characteristics or features make code maintainable? [duplicate]

I used to think I knew what this was, until I really started thinking about it... "maintainable"... what exactly makes code maintainable? To me, if code must be maintainable that means we can expect ...
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Do SAS coding “best practices” exist?

At work, we develop a lot of our applications in SAS, from start to finish. One of the problems with this approach is that SAS is a very verbose language with very few language constructs; there is ...
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How to keep my Activity code readable and maintainable?

I have written a rather small App with only one activity. From my understanding an activity has to be seen as kind of a view and controller in one class. But even for a little app, with 3 dialogs ...
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What would be the best way to refactor/rewrite a large base of plsql packages?

Let's suppose I have a large set of Oracle plsql packages and functions written in a period of 10+ years. They are really hard to debug and maintain, and as the application grows we find it harder ...
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What should I include in my repositiory from IDE projects

I want to add a project which in this case is created in Netbeans but this question is general for most IDE's. It's simply, what should I include in my repository. For example Netbeans creates a ...
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What can I use to keep track of the status of 60 software projects, some of which are obsolete?

I've taken a software development role in an engineering company(all software developed is for internal use only). The company has about 60 individual projects from past developers. The problem is ...
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What aspects of “maintainability” can influence choice of IS implementation technology?

Background: I'm an apprentice and am handling the project of developing a particular IS-System. Currently I'm only managing the requirements analysis and the information-processes design, but as a ...
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Prevent code from getting mess [duplicate]

I am a student and a freelance programmer. These days I am developing a software in VB6 which has recently crossed 100KB of source code. The main problem, I face is, many times I have to refactor my ...
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Is there a name for being able to quickly find the relevant code? [closed]

I notice that a property of codebases that I like hacking on is that it's quick to find the relevant code for some feature, without knowing much about the code base at all. For example, searching for ...
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What to do when your colleagues don't value code maintainability [duplicate]

I've been working in the same software development department for a few years now. In that time, the average stay of a developer has been 6-9 months. A handful have been around for over 2 years, but ...
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JavaScript codes complexity and maintainability [closed]

I am trying to make my way back to JavaScript (been there last time some 7 years ago) with the help of lovely "Eloquent JavaScript" book. While I admire author's capabilities and approach, I have ...
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Coding Guideline : Methods shouldn't contain more than 7 statements?

I was looking through the AvSol Coding Guidelines for C# and I agree with nearly everything but I'm really curious to see what other think of one specific rule. AV1500 Methods should not ...
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Are there any empirical studies about the effects of commenting source code on software quality, maintainability and developer productivity? [closed]

I am an advocate of commenting on source code and documenting software products. It is my personal experience and observation that working on source code that is rigorously commented has helped me in ...
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What hurts maintainability?

For someone who doesn't have much real world experience yet, the notion of maintainable code is a bit vague, even though it follows from typical good practice rules. Intuitively I can tell that code ...
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Programming task to test for focus on maintainability [closed]

I am looking for a programming task, which shows whether the coder has maintainability in mind while programming. I imagine giving a task to fix a bug in a method. It should be clear to the programmer ...
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Is it a bad practice to write shell script with many if-else statment and for loops?

I am maintaing several data process shell scripts which are full of if-else statements and for loops . I try to make the scritps tidy and easy to debug. When I read some suggestions about shell code ...
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What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Techniques to re-factor garbage and maintain sanity? I've inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? I'm currently working at a company with 2 other ...
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Maintenance wise, is `else while` without intervening braces considered safe?

Is else while without intervening braces considered "safe" maintenance wise? Writing if-else code without braces like below... if (blah) foo(); else bar(); ...carries a risk because the ...
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Creating huge decision tree

I'm to write an event correlator. A fundamental part of the system will be a decision tree that recognizes the origin of the fault basing on recorded states and log files. Often many accidents will ...
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Which is more maintainable — boolean assignment via if/else or boolean expression?

Which would be considered more maintainable? if (a == b) c = true; else c = false; or c = (a == b); I've tried looking in Code Complete, but can't find an answer. I think the first is more ...
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Are flag variables an absolute evil?

I remember doing a couple of projects where I totally neglected using flags and ended up with better architecture/code; however, it is a common practice in other projects I work at, and when code ...
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Questions about identifying the components in MVC

I'm currently developing an client-server application in node.js, Express, mustache and MySQL. However, I believe this question should be mostly language and framework agnostic. This is the first ...
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Are CK Metrics still considered useful? Is there an open source tool to help?

Chidamber & Kemerer proposed several metrics for object oriented code. Among them, depth of inheritance tree, weighted number of methods, number of member functions, number of children, and ...
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How to have a maintainable and manageable Javascript code base [closed]

I am starting a new job soon as a frontend developer. The App I would be working on is 100% Javascript on the client side. all the server returns is an index page that loads all the Javascript files ...
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How is technical debt best measured? What metric(s) are most useful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a project? If I wanted to help a customer understand the degree of technical debt in his application, what ...
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Futures/Monads vs Events

In an application framework when performance impact can be ignored (10-20 events per second at max), what is more maintainable and flexible to use as a preferred medium for communication between ...
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When creating a library for a simple program, what must I do to protect others from its lack of thread safety?

When creating a library for a simple program, is it more cost effective to make it thread safe or is there a way to detect the program's use in a multithreaded program and ASSERT() or otherwise ...
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What can I do to make sure my code gets maintained in a developer light environment? [closed]

I am a contract data analyst, so I bounce between jobs every 3-6 months, which I find to be a good fit for me, but it leads to some problems when it comes to coding. I mostly do statistics (I've asked ...
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Is it ok to replace optimized code with readable code?

Sometimes you run into a situation where you have to extend/improve some existing code. You see that the old code is very lean, but it's also difficult to extend, and takes time to read. Is it a good ...
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Practices for navigating and changing “long” code files?

Many a times I have to deal with code files which are quite long - about 5 screen pages at the minimum. Almost always there is something towards the top/bottom that I need to refer when I'm at the ...
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Does it still make sense to think about effective code on micro scale in C++?

Early in my programming career I was in love with pointer twiddling, lean code, doing everything with as little layers of abstraction as possible and so on. The code was very C like I would say, close ...