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Methodologies/tools for when developing on your own

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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What do you need to succeed with Agile?

Agile adoption can fail in some organizations, I even worked for a company where waterfall was the only (the true) way but only because they tried Agile on a project and failed. When I asked the ...
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Is it common to have downtime at a programming job?

At my company, I find that there are some days that there are very few tasks to do. I make it a point to do research to learn new things about my craft on these days. I would say that on average, I ...
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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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Under what circumstances are flowcharts still a valuable and useful tool?

When I first started programming, I relied heavily on flowcharts (and printer spacing charts). While I was in COBOL class, I couldn't start writing any code until my flowchart was signed off by the ...
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Agile methodology for a single developer working on a prototype [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Agile for the Solo Developer For my thesis I will be working on a user interface prototype during a 6 month period. I am required to pick a strategy and create a precise ...
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Tips for achieving “continual” delivery

A team is experiencing difficulty releasing software on a frequent basis (once every week). What follows is a typical release timeline: During the iteration: Developers work on stories on the ...
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Can agile be effectively used for initial development on a substantial project?

I think the short answer to this question is probably "yes", but I thought I'd ask anyway! We are in the process of taking a number of existing similar-but-different applications and, as part of what ...
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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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Software design methods for Java or any other programming language

I'm junior programmer and I would like to know how professionals write their code or which steps they follow when they are creating new software. I mean, which steps they follow, which programming ...
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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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How do software development methodologies fit in the field of consulting?

I work for a fairly small consulting company, roughly 100 employees, and I've been with them for about a year currently. This is my first job out of college. As a company we do not specialize in any ...
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How to transfer teams to an Agile programming methodology

My group has recently grown in size with the addition of several teams from different projects. We work using an Agile programming methodology: 2 week sprints, deliverable every sprint, 2-3 pushes to ...
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What design and planning techniques are the most suitable for individual projects?

This summer I'd like to develop a number of applications, all of them relatively small, yet risky -they're complex, I'm inexperienced-. I'm gonna work on my own because my classmates or other IT ...
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Do payment terms effect project design methodology?

When working on a software project for a client, there are two ways in which this can be billed - fixed fee project, or per hour billing. Does the choice of payment terms effect the design ...
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Any recommendation to manage an investigation projects?

I'm working on an investigation on the NLP field. Since software engineering and software documentation are not the primary concerns of my whole investigation I decided to do it using XP. My question ...
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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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Contributing to open source software (how to hack) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I am currently a student and started programming a few years ago. I am able to write complete working software in many languages. ...
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Does it make me a bad programmer if I dislike the Agile methodology? [closed]

I like the small iterations. I like the unit tests. I like code review. What I don't like is the starting off with little or no documentation. Am I alone in this? Do I simply have a ...
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How did you find the slow performance in your application?

What makes the web application perform and scale better is always a big topic. And finding the performance problems and tuning them is another... Here is some my thoughts of how to "finding" ...
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What are DRY, KISS, SOLID, etc. classified as?

Is something like DRY a design pattern, a methodology, or something in between? They do not have specific implementations that could neccessarily be demonstrated(even if you can easily demonstrate a ...
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Standardization across an organization: Good or Bad?

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 ...
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Avoid becomming a “Theoretician” programmer

I have found this article in several posts on SO. I find myself falling into the 6th archetype; the "Theoretician". It defines the "Theoretician" as: The Theoretician knows everything there is ...
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When can you offer innovation without being off-task?

When can you offer innovation, without being off-task? I can't understand how creative innovation fits in Agile and other methodologies. People just want what they asked for, right? Say you're ...
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What's a good methodology for a small 2-person project? [closed]

Hello What's a good methodology for a small 2-person project? Ranges from 20-40hr. It's mostly small websites. I want to approach it as a developer, but Agile and other methodologies seems too large ...
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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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Which software development methodologies can be seen as foundations

I'm writing a small research paper which involves software development methodologiess. I was looking into all the available methodology's and I was wondering, from all methodologies, are there any ...
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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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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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Confusion in definitions of a method and a methodology in the book “OOAD with Applicatons” (Booch et al)

I am reading the book Object-Oriented Analysis and Design written by Grady Booch and others. In the Section : I Concepts in a subsection Bringing Order to Chaos authors suggest to separate between a ...
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What's Your Method of not forgetting the end brackets, parentheses

disclaimer: for simplicity sake, brackets will refer to brackets, braces, quotes, and parentheses in the couse of this question. Carry on. When writing code, I usually type the beginning and end ...
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Spartan programming… What is it good for? [closed]

We are being forced to use Spartan programming on a project, to everybody's dismay. So I get it, it makes the methods really short and it handles the simple cases first. But is it really worth the ...
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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 ...