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How to cope with different development styles (top-down vs. bottom-up) in a team?

Say you've just started working in a very small team on a {currently relatively small, though hopefully bigger later} project. Note that this is an actual project intended to be used by other ...
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How to make Scrum work for a team with defined roles?

Some background information I'm part of an in-house software dev team. It consists of 5 developers (with experiences ranging from 2 to 5 years, I'm one of them) 3 implementation staff (they do the ...
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Control flow of PHP scripts

I have a PHP script example1.php. How would the control flow be when I call another PHP script example2.php from example1.php? For e.g.: example1.php looks like this .... ... .... example2.php ...
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ISO, Six Sigma, SEI-CMM, etc., in Fortune 500 companies

Do large corporations and product companies follow any standard quality models/processes at all? For example, I have seen that many large organizations have proprietary processes in IT and software ...
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Is good code impossible in modern software development? [closed]

It seems that even that developer tools has become more solid and robust, writing good code has become a challenge. Even that tools are more powerful, quality of code haven’t got better. I come up ...
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What exactly is model driven software engineering (MDSE)?

I came accross the accronym MDSE today on infoq, and the information I could find what quite unclear and the description was full of buzzwords : MDSE is about enabling software engineers to work ...
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Does RAD allow you changes or modification after the cutover phase without the need to redo the system? [closed]

Like other agile models, that is a close loop where changes after the system development can still be implemented without the need to redo the whole system, is this possible for the RAD model as well? ...
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How does the Scrum Master participate in Daily Stand-Ups?

We have a professional Scrum Master consultant [*] who recently joined our project. Unfortunately, we don't know her name (she never introduced herself to us, she just came in one day and said "we are ...
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Standardization across an organization: Good or Bad? [closed]

Currently I work for an java shop that places a high value on standardization. This includes common things(styles, javadocs, formatting, etc.) on to what I consider slightly more draconian measures(...
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Why do people use programming books? [closed]

I find that when someone asks what is the best way to learn how to program, people usually provide them with references to a bunch texts written by various authors. However I don't believe many ...
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Methodologies/tools for when developing on your own [closed]

Suppose you have to develop a medium+ sized software, fully on your own. Like if it was a personal project you want to accomplish. What methodologies/tools would you use to define what needs to be ...
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Development and testing PHP script that gets variables from external server

I have a web app that sends users to an offsite payment server to complete a transaction, and I'm working on the PHP page that users are returned to upon completion of the transaction. The script uses ...
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Top-down vs Bottom-up approach when designing a class library

I am designing a class library to represent western equal temperament music theory concepts for the purpose of composing notated music with code (I realize there are other libraries and programs for ...
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Is Agile the new micromanagement?

This question has been cooking in my head for a while so I wanted to ask those who are following agile/scrum practices in their development environments. My company has finally ventured into ...
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Methods of ordering function definitions in code

When I work on some programming project (usually command line application in Python with many switches), I'm usually creating about 30 and more functions. Most of the functions are in one file (except ...
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Working Agile on Mainframe [closed]

Why do teams that work in a mainframe environment barely use an agile working methodology? What are the key factors of not doing this despite all the technology available? If so, which agile ...
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1answer
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Chatbot Conversation Objects, your approach?

I'm a nub programmer, using python, and my current project is a chatbot for an irc channel I reside in. I wish to make it capable of keeping conversations organized, primarily between its self and one ...
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1answer
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Is Exploratory testing Context Driven testing?

I do not think so, yet many sources say it is. As I understand it: Context-driven testing means that when planning testing on our project, I choose the methods, practices, etc. in order to fit the ...
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Defining data model in Agile methodology

I always understood that in agile, each sprint is about adding a new functionality to existing application, so that the application can be build incrementally. On the other hand, when you define data ...
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What activities, outside of writing code, have been shown to improve one skill as a programmer? [closed]

The mantra is to become a better software developer, write more software. However, are there activities I could partake in when I am not actually at the computer programming such as doing certain ...
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Test Driven Development for Complex Games

I'm coding a game in my spare time, but I am mostly still a beginner when it comes to programming. I'm sorry if this question is off topic or if it ends up not being helpful to anyone else, but ...
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1answer
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How does one learn QA? [closed]

When starting to learn programming you would usually point someone over to Code Academy, or Learn Python the Hard Way or even The C Programming language and tell them start writing code until it works....
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How do developers deal with “where to start” problem in a context of overwhelming difficulties caused by too much heterogeneous information? [closed]

A friend of mine, a beginner PHP programmer, needs to link the product his company develops with a third-party product (a set of web services). He received the "relevant" documentation (a few hundred ...
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Which development methodology for a solo programmer on a 1 month project?

I've been tasked with a solo project to investigate & resolve memory leaks in 8000 lines of Javascript code. I anticipate the project to take up to a month. Please recommend a development ...
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1answer
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Is there any software development methodologies for small teams?

I'm working in a big software company and I'm developing a big enterprise-level web-solution with a team of about 25 people (2 architects, ~15 developers, 5 QA engineers, couple BAs, project manager). ...
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Best practices when creating/modeling databases?

I learned at the University some steps to model a database: Model the problem using the Extended Entity-Relationship Model. Extract the functional dependencies Apply some algorithms to normalize ...
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Methodology To Determine Cause Of User Specific Error

We have software that for certain clients fails to download a file. The software is developed in Python and compiled into an Windows Executable. The cause of the error is still unknown but we have ...
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1answer
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In voice recognition programs, what methods are generally used to separate voice from noise?

I think voice recognition is cool, and I might start studying it soon, but one big question that I've always wondered about is "How do the programmers separate the noise from the voice?" I mean, if ...
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1answer
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How to effectively cooperate in a team having mixed background/mindset regarding OOP? [duplicate]

I've been recently assigned for a new high-performance C++ project (finance) together with 3 other guys who, like, me, refer to themselves as "primarily C/C++ programmers", meaning, all of us have ...
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1answer
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How to make C# methods work like javascript functions? [closed]

I'll keep it simple, I want to make C#'s methods work like javascript's functions. Mainly so I can convert this - function makeVariable(terp) { var me = {value: 0}; return function () { terp....
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2answers
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Does agile approach support taking a task from a team?

Can customer take one of tasks during the planning meeting, which was already assigned to this team, and put it to another team? For example because a customer think that the other team will be faster ...
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2answers
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What is the difference between use case, user requirements and user stories? [closed]

I'm wondering what the difference is, and at what stage these different terms are used within the Agile/Scrum methodology? use case, user requirements and user stories Am I right in thinking they ...
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Approach to coding algorithms to minimize rework [closed]

I find myself reworking my code quite a bit, especially when learning to write algorithms that involve keeping track of multiple attributes and labels. I feel that having the pseudo-code written up, ...
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1answer
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What semantics should be used when referring to waterfall and agile methodologies [closed]

I've just been involved in a debate regarding semantics of how to define approaches to the software development lifecycle. As far as I have been concerned, waterfall and agile are not methodologies, ...
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How should I validate code when there is no one to do code review? [duplicate]

I'm used to working in a large development environment where code is peer reviewed and tested by the client, who is usually an IT person themselves. I am now working at a very small company where I'm ...
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Scrum is methodology or framework? [closed]

I am confuse about scrum .it is methodology or Framework?. I want to use scrum for development but i want to develop scrum tool but i am confuse scrum is methodology or framework?
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Is “code that generates code” really all that great?

I was looking through CodePen's "popular pens" and I noticed this cool little spiral animation somebody made with a seemingly ridiculously small amount of code. This is quite impressive until you ...
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How can I apply Readme Driven Development to an ongoing project?

I'm assigned to a project where the goal is to update an existing software. This software was developed in a totally ad hoc manner, which means that any documentation generated is outdated, confused ...
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Should there be a formal role (internal or external) assigned to dev environments to control wasteful complexity?

A few years ago, I worked for a small company that went so far into developing in-house frameworks that they dedicated their most senior developer, and their architect to developing a custom MVC ...
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What are the best practices for rapid prototyping using exclusively HTML/CSS/JS [closed]

I'm developing a prototype of a web application. I want to only use HTML, CSS and Javascript. I prefer to use my text editor and not having to learn (or pay, for that matter) a new tool like Axure. ...
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Effective Ways to Introduce Agile into the Workplace?

In your experience (anecdotal or otherwise), what are some effective ways to introduce Agile into a non-Agile organization or company? UPDATED: Can anyone speak to cases where you tried to introduce ...
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Is the following diagrams correct for RAD and Agile methodologies?

I do not know if this would be the right stack exchange site to ask this question but I have been researching on RAD (Rapid Application Development) and Agile methodologies and was trying to find ...
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Can Agile/Scrum be used by 1 or 2 developers?

Everything I've been reading and researching up to this point describes how Agile/Scrum works great with teams of about 4 to 6 members, maybe even more. In my current shop, we have about 8 developers ...
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1answer
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How to avoid duplication between my issue tracker and the project specification documents?

I used to work for a professional consulting firm, and we worked under many different contract terms. When we could get a time & materials project, we ran it with SCRUM and tracked the backlog in ...
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For small-ish programs, should a single method handle most method calls to centralize program flow?

I'm fairly new to OOP (and programming in general), but what I find myself doing is that in the event that I don't need to pass a value from one method to another, I'll have my method calls ...
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1answer
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Scrum got specific ways for testing software?

When reading Scrum Guide, as the official text for scrum, I find out there is no specific solution to provide software testing in scrum. (the only hint is on page15) I'm a little vague on whether ...
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1answer
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How to sell logistical procedures that require less time to perform but more finesse?

I am working with a group where part of the responsibilities is managing a certain set of configuration files which, of course, have the same skeleton/structure across different environments but ...
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Are Scrum and XP comparable things or are they used for different things

Are Scrum and XP comparable things or are they used for different things? what is the main features of each of them? how do they overlap? I've been reading about both XP and Scrum over the past weeks ...
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User input and automated input separation

I have a MySQL database and an automation script which modifies the data inside once a day. And these columns may have changed by an user manually. What is the best approach to make the system only ...
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Best method to implement a filtered search

I would like to ask you, your opinion when it comes to implement a filtered search form. Let's imagine the following case: 1 Big table with lots of columns It might be important to say that this SQL ...