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Can an entire software infrastructure stack be built entirely from source in-house? Is it practical and sustainable?

I'm a big fan of using open source software but I mostly use community binary releases for the job. I'm wondering about companies that go the extra degree and build everything they use in their ...
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Lending epub files for limited time to users

I am looking for components to build a digital library who lends people epub (ebooks) for about a week. It's like a digital version of the offline old public library. Now I have found several flash ...
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Is there a way to publish software architectural design for open use and prevent patenting?

I'm not sure I have the correct verbage in my question, so let me explain: What I mean by "software architectural design": I have (what I believe) is a unique and useful design concept for an ...
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2answers
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How to implement a lightweight clustered architecture for a distributed application

I currently have a distributed application that runs on multiple embedded PCs. The whole application is composed of one master server and several nodes. Each node is an embedded PC that runs Windows 7 ...
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Why exactly can't PHP have full unicode support?

Everybody knows, that PHP has problems with Unicode. Version 6 is effectively abandoned, because of Unicode implementation difficulties. But I wonder if anyone knows what are the exact reasons? ...