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How important are UML diagrams for a successful project?

I'm in the middle of a project and I was asked to write UML diagrams (use cases,class diagram,etc). The project isn't very complex. I was wondering if this be a waste of my time? Should I just be ...
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Possible applications of algorithm devised for differentiating between structured vs random text

I have written a program that can rapidly (within 5 sec on a 2GB RAM desktop, 2.33 Ghz CPU) differentiate between structured text (e.g English text) and random alphanumeric strings. It can also ...
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Can thesaurus items have more than one USE relation?

I want to model a Thesaurus using the ANSI/NISO standard relation description like "broader term", "narrow term", etc. (see this Wikipedia article for details). Is it valid for a Thesaurus item in ...
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What are ways of drafting a workflow document that maps elements in the design close to their counterparts in code?

We're starting a medium sized PHP web app, written in MVC fashion, using CodeIgniter. Most of the functional specifications have been written, and there are a few features that will definitely be ...
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Is there a way you'd implement a fast tree traversal method that would support dated versioning?

I've got a catalog at work and I want to juke it up a bit because I'm tired of it being extremely slow. I'd like to support the modified preorder tree traversal storage method for the category tree of ...
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How do you perform modeling in an Extreme Programming environment?

I know methodologies, like Extreme Programming (XP), which specifies its own specific practices for developing software. However, unlike Scrum where it focuses more on management aspects, XP specifies ...
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How do you handle time series .Net?

I have been looking for Time Series models over in SO, but I figured this place was the best site to actually ask the question. I am wondering what is the "best" way to handle Time Series in .Net. ...
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Web pages in UML sequence diagrams?

In my current project, we have an ongoing discussion about whether or not it's a good idea to include an artifact representing a web page in an UML sequence diagram for a web application, making ...
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What's the real benefit of meta-modeling?

After reading several texts about meta-modeling I still do not really get the practical benefit. Sometimes I think it is only an interesting mind game but no useful tool. Sure it is wise to clarify ...
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Maintaining a list of nodes with challenging requirements

This is a question regarding the design of a collection of ordered nodes which have some requirements that I am struggling to satisfy. In the problem area that I am dealing with we have routes which ...
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Is there a canonical book on general abstractions and modeling? [closed]

I've been trying to understand the fundamentals of general abstractions and modeling: there are quite a lot of books when you search for abstractions, but most of those seem to be about learning ...
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Diagramming large and complex application code

I tried creating a flow chart of a function that I use in my program, but there are a lot of conditional statements in between every process and the diagrams are getting more confusing. Is there a ...
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Should the internal naming (classes, methods, database tables, etc) of entities be changed if the marketing and UI naming changes?

We've had a long living product for about 8 years now. Over time, the names of concepts and entities change. Should we put the work in to rename all the code base and database tables and columns to ...
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As a novice, how can I best overcome the complexity of larger projects?

Currently, I'm a student and I can tackle all my assignments which only require, at most, 3-5 classes to implement. Now, I'm wanting to develop programs on a bigger scale but I am having a really ...
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What are some good tests for OO modeling skills?

I'm looking for simple models with concise, concrete problem descriptions and greater than 50% chance that a particular answer provides a particular insight into one of a number of skills, to be given ...
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Software design for procedural programming

Right now, I'm trying to learn a well documented software engineering. I knew that if we code using Object Oriented concept, we can do software design concept using UML. But what if we code using ...
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Best Way to Express Meta-Info on Missing Data?

I work in healthcare IT, reviewing data management processes of various observational studies. One problem I have repeatedly faced is the poorly encoded data, especially when some values are missing. ...
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What is this domain of study?

Suppose I have a situation where I'm designing a website for a shoe reseller. They have different brands and kinds of shoes and of course, they want a really good search function. So there are ...
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Model-view-presenters and user-interactions involving separate dialogs

I have a UI form written using model-view-presenter that has, among other things, a listbox containing a number of different domain objects. The form also contains an add/update button which pulls up ...
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how to express alternative flows in activity diagram

I want to express the below events in an activity diagram: An alternative flow, such as "at step x of basic flow, user clicks cancel instead of ok". An alternative entry to the use case, such as ...
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What modelling technique do you use for your continuous design? [closed]

Together with my teammates, I'm trying to self-learn XP and apply its principles. We're successfully working in TDD and happily refactoring our code and design. However we're having problems with the ...
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Modelling work-flow plus interaction with a database - quick and accessible options

I'm wanting to model a (proposed) manufacturing line, with specific emphasis on interaction with a traceability database. That is, various process engineers have already mapped the manufacturing ...
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Should I use multivalued attributes in conceptual modelling?

My team and I have designed a simple, affordable conceptual modelling language as part or a larger research project. This language is aimed to end users with little or no training in information ...