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Designing database related methods, which is better to return: true/false or row affected?

I have some methods that perform some data changing in a database (insert, update, and delete). The ORM I'm using return row-affected int values for those type of method. What should I return for "my ...
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How to name a method that both performs a task and returns a boolean as a status?

If there is a method bool DoStuff() { try { // doing stuff... return true; } catch (SomeSpecificException ex) { return false; } } should it rather be called ...
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Prefer class members or passing arguments between internal methods?

Suppose within the private portion of a class there is a value which is utilized by multiple private methods. Do people prefer having this defined as a member variable for the class or passing it as ...
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Refactoring into lots of methods - is this considered clean or not? [duplicate]

So, I watched as my colleague complained a bit about a project he has inherited from someone who is, shall we say, not very experienced as a programmer (intern left to his own devices on a project). ...
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Refactoring a 1500 LOC method that only builds the graphical UI [closed]

I'm currently scratching my head over how to refactor a method that basically only builds the UI. The method is more than 1500 lines of code (LOC) long - and counting. It has grown, there was no plan ...
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Should I expose a “computed” value as a property or a method?

I have a C# class that represents a content type in a web content management system. We have a field that allows a web content editor to enter an HTML template for how the object is displayed. It ...
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For instance methods, would always returning self or this, instead of using a void return type, be a clean coding style? [closed]

I just came across this article, and in particular, this answer. Essentially they're talking about returning self from instance methods to allow for method chaining. That being said, one of the ...
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What is a good pattern for combined caching and reinitialization?

I have a situation where I have three requirements: Lazy initialization - don't create the collection until asked for it Caching - keep the collection in memory on the object Reinitialization - be ...
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Design Pattern: Algorithm varies according to the input arguments

I will give a simple example to help you understand my question. Suppose we have a rectangle and a Utility class with a method that creates a buffer arround a shape. The .createBuffer method has ...
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Method naming advice required [closed]

My question will be about how do you think it would be fit to name some methods in a fluent interface. Let me try to demonstrate the problem. Consider this relation tree: A person can have dogs ...
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Why have private static methods?

I just wanted to clear up a question I have. What is the point of having a private static method as opposed to a normal method with private visibility? I would have thought an advantage to having a ...
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Why sequential cohesion for operations in a method is not a good idea?

I read from the seminal Code Complete book that method statements that require to be executed in order passing parameter from one to the next is a code smell and is an example of a sequential ...
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What do you call a method that might do something? [closed]

Is it okay to call it void maybeGenerateUIDsAndDownload() ? Because sometimes it will generate UIDs and download but sometimes it will not do it.
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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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When should I pass value as class variable and when as a method argument?

Is there a general rule of thumb, when we should pass a value as as class variable and when as a method argument? Or is it just a choice of the developer? For example -- are there any reasons, why ...
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Dynamic method creation in python

I have a class that will have a number of external methods that will all call the same smaller set of internal methods. So something like: obj.method_one(a, c) and obj.method_two(a, c) where ...
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1answer
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Use of # in answers/documentation when referring to methods of a class

When looking through Java documentation or answers for Stack Overflow / programming forum questions, I often see people referring to methods like String#format, Object#clone etc, rather than ...
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Better use on the name of variables

I have a method that looks like this: Public Function NormalizeStreetAddress(country As Namespace.Country, streetAddress As Namespace.StreetAddress) _ ...
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Naming methods that perform HTTP GET/POST calls? [closed]

In the application I am currently working on, there are generally 3 types of HTTP calls: pure GETs pure POSTs (updating the model with new data) "GET" POSTs (posting down an object to get some data ...
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Use null object as argument to method

Consider the following piece of code class Foo { public: //... bool valueFirstGet(int& value) const { if(this==nullptr) {return 0;} ...
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Python: How to decide which class' methods should provide behavior (functionality) affecting multiple classes

I have a question about object oriented design that is not specific to Python but since my code is in Python, I tagged it as such. How do I decide which of my classes should be responsible for ...
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When to use functions vs methods?

So I know that methods are more OOP than functions. I was wondering if someone could show me an example of a function and a method and explain the differences between methods and functions to me? ...
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Why is the following naming guideline different between OO and non-OO languages?

I am working with a non-OO language and I'm trying to name my routines consistently. I came acrross the following guideline from Steve McConnell's Code Complete: To name a procedure, use a strong ...
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What is the difference between method header and method signature?

I want to know what is exactly a method header and what is a method signature and is this the same among programming languages or just in C#? So, is it correct to say the following is a method ...
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Basic Objective-C Questions

I'm new to objective C, I'm following "Objective C 5th Edition Stephen Kochan and I don't have anyone to ask my doubts to. I'm confused with this question: Q. Is it necessary to use "-" or "+" before ...
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Are long methods always bad?

So looking around earlier I noticed some comments about long methods being bad practice. I am not sure I always agree that long methods are bad (and would like opinions from others). For example I ...
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Making some methods mostly contain method calls, while others doing “the lowest level” work [duplicate]

So I thought about this, and I don't know if it's included or not in any methodology. I think the advantages of this coding style is that, at the lowest level, the code is extremely testable, and ...
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use areFoo or isFoo?

I have never seen the use of "are" for boolean methods, but the use of "is" is very common. When I want to use "are" is usually because I am passing multiple variables, or a list of objects. I ...
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Fields vs method arguments [closed]

I just started writing some new class and it occurred to me that I was adding a lot of method arguments that are not strictly needed. This is following a habit to avoid having state in classes that is ...
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Until what point should I refactor? [duplicate]

What do you think until what point should a programmer refactor the code? Basically having def method do_something end Pieces of code would be handy, but they increase spaghetti code until the ...
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2answers
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Should I put utility methods inside a class?

I have been working on a library which contains a large set of functions. For the sake of simplicity, I am going to use just one set as an example. I am not sure which is the better way, in terms of ...
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How do programming languages define functions?

How do programming languages define and save functions/methods? I am creating an interpreted programming language in Ruby, and I am trying to figure out how to implement function declaration. My ...
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UML representation of type being passed as a parameter

I want to draw a UML diagram of my program. Class Barney has a method Yabadaba(Doo d) which takes a parameter of type Doo. How do I represent that class Doo is used in class Barney in my UML diagram? ...
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Is it OK to split long functions and methods into smaller ones even though they won't be called by anything else? [duplicate]

Lately I've been trying to split long methods into several short ones. For example: I have a process_url() function which splits URLs into components and then assigns them to some objects via their ...
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Java: The best way to learn it when MOOCs and books are not enough? [closed]

This topic was taken from Stack Overflow, but it was put on-hold due to Opinion-based question. So I moved it to here. I've had some great troubles with my homework exercises and I've used ...
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1answer
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Methods as verbs: is the object the subject? [duplicate]

Is there some recommended practice regarding methods as verbs in OOP? Should the object work syntactically as subject or as object/complement? Should object.doSomething() be normally understood as ...
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Overriding - Access to Members with Reference Reassignment

I have recently been moving through a couple of books in order to teach myself Java and have, fortunately, mostly due to luck, encountered very few difficulties. That has just changed. I read a ...
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What is the reason for using lowercase for the first word in a local variable (eg, employeeCount, firstName)

I take a good deal of criticism from other programmers due to my use of full proper casing for all my variables. For example, your typical programmer will use employeeCount for a variable name, but I ...
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Which is architecturally correct for Data Access Layer method names - Fetch or Select? [closed]

I have seen the words Fetch and Select used seemingly interchangeably when naming data access layer methods (ex. Person.Select or Person.Fetch). Which one is correct? My instinct is that the ...
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How does the concept of a class change when passing data to the constructor instead of method parameters?

Let's say we're making a parser. One implementation could be: public sealed class Parser1 { public string Parse(string text) { ... } } Or we could pass the text to the ...
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Is it a good practice to write a method that gets something and checks the value? [duplicate]

Occassinally I have to write methods like this: string GetReportOutputDirectoryAndMakeSureExist() { string path = Path.Combine ( ... ) //whatever logic if(!Directory.Exists(path)) ...
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Naming functions that retrieve a value

I have this personal rule to start all function/method names with a verb. My verb of choice for functions or methods that get a value based on some data structure or object is get. I'm wondering if ...
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What is the difference between a function and a lambda?

I'm a little bit confused about 'function' and 'lambda'. I've seen some examples showing that the scheme keyword lambda works very similarly to the JavaScript keyword function, but I really don't ...
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What is a static method compared to instance/class/private/public methods?

I'm learning programming in Objective-C and I can't understand what a static method is. I know what class/instance/private/public methods are. Can someone explain what it is using an example and ...
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1answer
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Understanding high cohesion principle for methods in object oriented design

I know the idea of strong cohesion applies to methods as much it applies to classes. Just to be clear when I say strong cohesion of a method I mean a method which does only one task and does it well. ...
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Should a method's parameter list contain objects or object identifiers?

Our teams is having the following discussion: Let's say we have the following two methods: public Response Withdraw(int clubId, int terminalId,int cardId, string invoice, decimal amount); public ...
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Math library methods in Google's Go Programming Language

I have been programming in google Golang and have been enjoying it due to its brevity but I find it surprising that almost all its Math standard library methods are for the floating point type. Is ...
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addIfNotExist alternative

Is there are any standards or conventions on naming methods which add something if it not exist into another something. For example: Store.instance().addItemIfNotExist(item) IfNotExist is really ...
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Renaming long named method in C# [closed]

I'm working on a project where exist one method with title string ValidateNewPasswordExpireCurrentPasswordAndCreateNewPassword(...) I'm sure the method name must be changed. But can't found good ...
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How and why to decide between naming methods with “get” and “find” prefixes

I always have trouble figuring out if I should name a certain method starting with getSomething versus findSomething. The problem resides in creating helpers for poorly designed APIs. This usually ...