The activities that occur after deployment of a software system. This includes making modifications to released systems, training, operating, and transitioning to support organizations.

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Thousands of errors!

I was assigned to a new project recently. Well, an old project actually, written in classic ASP. Now a new version of the application is being written in the latest ASP.NET, but it's not expected to ...
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Are there downsides to writing PDO/mysqli statements into my code directly vs using my own redirect wrapper methods?

TL;DR: To access DB functionality in my codebase I currently use a custom layer throughout the code. The layer needs an upgrade in order to begin accepting prepared statements, which it currently ...
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Easily accessible setup files for installation

The software product I work on has several services and user interfaces. There are separate setup files for each unit of the product for installation. We make customer specific changes and bug fixes ...
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Git branching strategy for long-running unreleased code

At our team, in addition to individual units of work (Stories), we have longer-running themes of work (Epics). Multiple stories make an epic. Traditionally we've had feature branches for each Story, ...
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Is it an overkill to write unit tests for a small code base? [duplicate]

I am the sole maintainer of a code base of about 2000 lines of code. It's not big, but over time the code became so unmaintainable my boss agreed to give me time to rewrite it from scratch. Since the ...
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Class design, responsibility granulation, efficiency and performance

I am in a design dilemma. I have a set of data that can be interpreted in numerous ways, but I cannot really decide how finely grained should it be. To illustrate it with some simple code: class Base ...
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Should I put stack trace in error files and halt my app with user friendly error [closed]

In my earlier project I wrote an app that is used in-house. My usual practice is to capture errors/exceptions from different classes and threads and put them in different log files corresponding to ...
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Do I need to estimate maintenance software issues? [closed]

The PM of the company I work on, always asks me to estimate maintenance issues and since there are several legacy systems that I didn't build, makes this hard to get. He says getting estimations for ...
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How to make 100k lines of orphan code work [duplicate]

I've recently started to work on an old project, that was originally written by two professors with no programming experience. Those professors left the project before they have finished it. Meaning ...
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What factors should influence how I determine when to abandon a small project with a friend? [closed]

I've found myself in a tough spot as of late. Been working on a game with a programming buddy for nearly 8 months now. We both started off as newcomers to programming around August of last year, he is ...
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Explanation of two of Lehman's Laws of Software Evolution

I have a hard time understanding #3 and #8 of Lehman's Laws of Software Evolution. The laws are: (1974) "Self Regulation" — E-type system evolution processes are self-regulating with the ...
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What about source code homogeneity?

As time passes I think that one valuable aspect of maintenable and escalable software is to be homogeneous. The same problem should be solved in the same way everywhere in the application. If there is ...
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How to work with a messy codebase and client [duplicate]

A client came to me with some features he wanted implementing. Easy enough to do what he asked. He paid me, I agreed to start on the start date and finish in 3 weeks. The code base is a disaster. It ...
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Managing interdependent project reference in solution file

Context for question I am working on a legacy product, that has multiple projects - Class libraries, websites, windows services, web services etc.. I have a single solution file that contains all ...
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Code maintenance: Is it better to develop in English or my mother tongue? [duplicate]

Suppose I develop an application for a given company of my own country. Is is better to code in English or with the language of my country ? I mean, if it is better to comment in French and name the ...
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Who fixes bugs in a team? [duplicate]

In an agile software development team, who would be the one to fix the bugs introduced in an update? The developer who writes the feature? Someone else specialized specifically in debugging with a ...
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How are financial organizations planning for the degradation of old programming languages such as COBOL? [closed]

I know that some financial organizations still use "dead" languages such as COBOL. I'm wondering what will happen in the future, when almost no one will program in those languages, and the maintenance ...
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Toggling “maintenance mode” in Java EE app

I've been toying with the idea of feature toggles for various configuration/access purposes, but have been a little unsure of myself when it comes to toggling something like a downtime or maintenance ...
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Code generation vs data driven

While writing a data mapping function (import from csv (using TextFieldParser) to table), I used the sql table structure to generate the boilerplate C# code that creates the datatable and populates it ...
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How can I figure out if another project is mostly maintenance and bugs? [closed]

I started working in a relatively big company that unfortunately has its share of quite a lot of legacy code and I ended up spending an extra ordinary amount of time in maintainance and bug fixes. ...
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How to take over sizable codebase, without having access those who implemented? [duplicate]

I've started a job as mobile lead in a 100employee company. Their Mobile products (iOS and Android) has been developed by external teams, and now they have decided to assemble internal teams, so I'm ...
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What is software maintenance?

I'm a hobbyist programmer, so no professional experience. People here often talk about doing maintenance of software at work. The author of this question talks about doing 90% maintenance and 10% ...
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Helping someone who is not and never will be a professional programmer write code that is more legible and usable to use and interpret [closed]

I am Elvis, trying very hard to learn to be Einstein. I work for Mort. What the hell is this crazy idiot talking about!?!? (You only need to read the first few paragraphs) If you don't feel like ...
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How to deal with team members writing bad code [duplicate]

Our team consits of junior and senior developers. Problem I am facing is with the code written by seniors. They are not following MINIMUM coding standards. I am also still learning but I wouldn't ...
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Is there a good way to communicate the intent that a class only contains referentially transparent methods?

My workplace mostly uses C# for writing code. I'm trying to figure out a good way to indicate that a class with referentially transparent methods is intended to be referentially transparent (i.e., ...
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New and old technologies coexist in legacy system [closed]

New technologies can accomplish existing tasks in more efficient and powerful way. But sometimes old technologies cannot be discarded unfortunately, so more numbers of technologies in one system make ...
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How can I explain this is an anti-pattern? [closed]

I recently started at a new job. The existing system works OK but is poorly designed and hard to maintain, and they are planning to rebuild it in MVC and I fear it will be much worse. (Not because ...
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How do I handle merging code that hasn't been merged in ~3 years in an agile manner? [closed]

Our team has recently adopted agile practices and most of the team is new to agile. In our product, we use some code developed by another team and only they maintain that code. For the last 4-5 years,...
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On the process of replacing an internal framework by a public one [duplicate]

I am working on several applications which depends on a framework which was developed by a prior engineer in the company. The framework was mainly developed and maintained in the early 2000s, and ...
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How to convince/prove my manager that a rewriting is needed rather than a refactoring [duplicate]

My manager wants me to refactor a gigantic amount of terribly-coupled, macroed, full of private namespace methods, hierarchy-perverted (even 10+ levels of inheritance) code which hasn't been (indeed) ...
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What is the norm for introducing new hires to a code base? [duplicate]

After college I worked at one company for 6 months, and I've just now joined another one, bringing the grand total in my career so far to two. So the first company had a few hundred thousand lines of ...
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How to integrate unit testing process into legacy software development process? [duplicate]

I'd like you to share your insights of how have you successfully turned the direction of rotting legacy code base to modular application design where it's easy and useful to add unit tests? What I'm ...
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Is input validation necessary?

This is a very naive question about input validation in general. I'm a MATLAB user (1.5 years old) and I learned about input validation techniques such as "parse" and "validatestring". In fact, ...
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Managing false positives in TDD or BDD

I'm relatively new to TDD and have been thinking a lot about how to manage the perpetually growing pool of tests that comes with it. One of my biggest concerns is about false positives. In my ...
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Why do dynamic languages make it more difficult to maintain large codebases? [duplicate]

Large codebases are more difficult to maintain when they are written in dynamic languages. At least that's what Yevgeniy Brikman, lead developer bringing the Play Framework to LinkedIn says in a video ...
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Considerations before rewriting a software component from scratch? [duplicate]

A piece of software is a patchwork of old and undocumented efforts. There are no comments, no documentation, and the code is hairy -- it involves Unix shell scripts that check for dummy files and then ...
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Managing codebase for basic and pro edition of a project

I have a project which will have basic and professional edition. The professional edition will have all the features of the basic edition. I am using git to manage the project's codebase. I consider ...
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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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Disillusioned with agile; how do you prepare for life after release 1.1? [closed]

My company is going full steam with the agile process, with multiple agile projects in work. The first agile team, the proof of concept, carried the product through release and the first post ...
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Maintaining code-style conventions for large projects [closed]

For a while I've been maintaining an ad-hoc script to check code style against our project's guidelines. I'm aware of AStyle/Uncrustify and have used them, but they are best for once-off code-style ...
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Writing Tests for Existing Code

Suppose one had a relatively large program (say 900k SLOC in C#), all commented/documented thoroughly, well organized and working well. The entire code base was written by a single senior developer ...
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Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer? [closed]

I'm a Java developer with a bit more than a year of experience which places me somewhere above a junior, but not among mid-level developers yet. Recently I was offered a long-term project which is ...
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What's a good way to manage long piece of code in files? [duplicate]

I am a web developer and at the moment am finding it hard to cope with long un-documented code written by previous developers in an organisation I work for. With the deadline gun always pointed at my ...
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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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data maintenance/migrations in image based sytems

Web applications usually have a database. The code and the database work hand in hand together. Therefore Frameworks like Ruby on Rails and Django create migration files Sure there are also servers ...
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Does dedicated maintenance work hamper a programmer's career? [closed]

The majority of my work over the last three years has largely been around maintaining legacy systems that needed patching up or the occasional revamp before being sold again. I understand the ...
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How can I keep a production Python environment secure?

Most of my work is creating websites in Django (a Python web framework) and deploying them to my own or clients' servers. I work from a virtualenv to separate site from system packages and have ...
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How to quickly understand a huge piece of code [duplicate]

(This is a general question but I think is important.) How do you quickly understand a huge piece of code, say, a project with tens of thousands of lines of code (written by other people)? Are there ...
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Updating copyright headers each new year just because Jan 1st has passed? [duplicate]

I've seen some projects that - with each new year - start to change all files in their source-tree to update the copyright year. Isn't this just pushing hot air on a level of magnitude? AFAIK: ...
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Working in a company that does not comment their code at all? [duplicate]

I work for a small software development house (10~ developers, a few product managers and a few support staff) that sells various products and services to organisations internationally through ...