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Should package names be singular or plural?

Often, in libraries especially, packages contains classes that are organized around a single concept. Examples: xml, sql, user, config, db. I think we all feel pretty naturally that these packages ...
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Why are there no package management systems for C and C++? [closed]

There are some programming languages for which exist a package management system: CTAN for TeX CPAN for Perl Pip & Eggs for Python Maven for Java cabal for Haskell Gems for Ruby Is there any ...
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Module vs. Package?

Whenever I do from 'x' import 'y' I was wondering which one is considered the 'module' and which is the 'package', and why it isn't the other way around?
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When did the standard for packaging Linux source code become .tar.gz?

When browsing open-source projects that are primarily developed for Linux systems and downloading the latest packages, the source code is always stored in a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file. Is there any ...
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Semantically more appropriate package name than `util` for the following things?

As a strawman consider the package java.util it is a dumping ground for various classes that in most cases do not share anything in common other than the person that put them there was lazy or ...
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Packaging structure of Java collections (java.util) - why does Iterable sit in java.lang?

As per the below diagram, except for interface Iterable, all the remaining constructs (interface / class / abstract class) sit in same package java.util   Why does Iterable sit in ...
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What is the point of Java's package naming convention?

I don't understand why Java uses the reverse of a (probably hypothetical) domain name as the name of a package, while mostly there is no connection between the domain name that some people uses and ...
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Merits of Namepsaces/Packages

Some programming languages (e.g. Java and C++) have language features called "packages" or "namespaces". How useful is it really to have namespaces? It is possible to mark functions and classes as ...
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Using packages (gems, eggs, etc.) to create decoupled architectures

The main issue Seeing the good support most modern programming platforms have for package management (think gem, npm, pip, etc), does it make sense to design an application or system be composed of ...
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How to modularize and package a client-side Javascript library today?

I've been catching up with the modern client-side JS ecosystem and reading up on CommonJS and AMD (incl. associated tools - browserify, requirejs, onejs, jam, dozens of others). If I'm writing a ...
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What should I use for a package name if I don't have a domain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the point of Java’s package naming convention? What package name to choose for a small, open-source Java project? I write Java (and derivative languages with ...
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What package name to choose for a small, open-source Java project?

I'd like to publish a small open-source library in Java. I wonder what package name should I choose? I'm not a company and I don't have a domain that I could use as the basis for naming the package ...
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Why we don't import a package while we use String functions?

I asked myself why we didn't import a package while we use String functions such as toUpperCase()? How they get in there without importing packages?
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Good approaches for packaging PHP web applications for Debian

Many PHP web applications follow this model for installation and upgrade: Un-tar a source tar ball. Point Apache at the source. Navigate a web browser to the home page. Go through several web pages ...
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What do I need to learn to decide on rename/recompile source package names because of company rebranding?

My company is currently at a rebranding process and the brand names have been used in the sources' package names but these names are only visible to developers who maintain this code so nobody from ...
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What do you think about gems and eggs? Alternatives? [closed]

I've read recently some criticism (see 1, 2, 3) about the packaging distribution system of two popular programming languages: Ruby gems and Python eggs. The most important argument stated against them ...
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Packaging F#/C# Application

There is a .NET application built using F# (the core part, as a DLL) and C# (the GUI part, using WPF). What is the best way to package it and to make an installer package and what are the most ...
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Abstract classes in package structure

I have an abstract class that will have many implementors. There are, of course, many places to put abstract classes in a Java package structure. Should the abstract class be in the same package as ...
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Naming conventions and organization of packages

I've been programming in Java, C#, Python and AS3 most of the time and in all of these languages there are packages (or something like that). The problem I found is with the naming convention, or even ...
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Good practices for packaging Python programs

I've been using Python for a while now, both in the context of personal and professional projects. One thing that occured to me recently is that I had never thought about a good way to deploy Python ...
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Is it the standard accepted practice to install software using VBScript? [closed]

Consider the following requirements Windows software which communicates with a web application using basic authentication The software is an MSI package The software requires a token to be placed in ...
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What does the “d” mean after linux packages? [closed]

I've noticed that a lot of the packages I've been installing on my Ubuntu machine has this "d" at the end. Googling it doesn't give me any answers that I can find. For example: FTP server - ...
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Why rpm and deb package formats are not unified into one standard system?

I had this question asked on stackoverflow, but it was closed "as not a real question". So i decided to remove all rumbling and post that question here, assuming that this stackexchange is for ...
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What is the formal definition of a meta package?

There are several examples of packaging where an application package is built, named, described, even licensed, but contains only setup code and dependencies -- it has no first-class runtime software ...
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Java-style package naming and second-level country domains

I own a .co.uk domain, and I whenever I've dealt with Java-style package naming, I've gone with uk.co.domainname. Once I encountered package that did the following: co.uk.domainname. Is one of these ...
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Get license information for all used NuGet packages

To keep our house in order, I want to automatically assemble licenses for project dependencies in our documentation, rather than having to add them manually. Does anybody know a simple way to ...
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Deployments, another unsolved problem in software engineering [closed]

Why is it so hard to package and deploy software? I want to understand what exactly is the inherent complexity of creating self-contained binaries? Currently it seems that golang is the only game in ...
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Packages organisation with MVC design pattern [duplicate]

I have been programming quite a lot now and still can't decide which of these packages hierachies was the best: package1 Class1Controller Class1Model Class1View package2 Class2Controller ...
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Should package structure closely resemble class hierarchy?

Pretty simple question. Should package structure closely resemble class hierarchy? If so, how closely? Why or why not? For instance, let's say you've got class A and class B, plus class AFactory ...
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Single python file distribution: module or package?

Suppose I have a useful python function or class (or whatever) called useful_thing which exists in a single file. There are essentialy two ways to organize the source tree. The first way uses a single ...
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Should I assert in packages? [duplicate]

I have read a few asserts vs exception questions already; I ask specifically about package visible classes though. When you write a package, the classes marked with "public" are exposed to the ...
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Complex Release Vehicle Management

I'm looking into improving our build and release system. We are a .Net/Windows shop, and I don't see any really good tools for Windows for generating the files that are to be dropped in patch or ...
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Package name best practice when porting a library

What is the suggested way (specifically in the open-source world) for the package name when porting a library. Say I am porting someone else's library where they have used a reverse domain name ...
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Best way to set sys.path for “hot library” development in Python?

I have my Python source structured as follows: +-branchname/ +-dst/ +-src/ | +-library/ | | +-cleese/ | | | +-test/ | | | | +-__init__.py | | | | +-test_cleese.py | | | +-__init__.py ...
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How do I choose a package format for Linux software distribution?

We have a Java-based application that, to date, we've been distributing as a tarball with instructions for deploying. It's mostly self-contained so deployment is fairly straight-forward: Untar on ...
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Should I use a root namespace?

I'm currently working on a couple projects in Flash ActionScript, and I've been building up a small library of classes. I've been using a naming convention similar to: foo.events.Bar and ...
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How to solve circular package dependencies

I am refactoring a large codebase where most of the classes are located in one package. For better modularity, I am creating subpackages for each functionality. I remember learning somewhere that a ...
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Package conventions for MVC app [closed]

Which (if either) of the below is the more conventional/acceptable way to structure packages in a J2EE app? I'm trying to follow an MVC pattern as much as possible. foo.bar.users ...
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Package diagram for an MVC patterned project?

We are required to make a package diagram for our senior project. Since our project uses MVC patter design, we created an MVC class diagram, now, our problem is in creating the package diagrams from ...
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How can I develop a Package Manager for Embedded Systems?

I need to develop/use a package manager for an embedded Linux system with the following properties: A master fully controls which packages need to be installed (the slave has no possibility to ask ...
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What should be included in a source archive? [closed]

I observe that there are some files, other than source code files, included in a software library source archive (in tar format). e.g.: README, INSTALL, CONTRIBUTE COPYING, LICENSE documentation ...
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Is a class representing a JSON response a DTO, a domain object, or something else?

Consider a restful service in Spring MVC. I am wondering how to package my response classes, i.e. how to name the containing package. First I thought of them as being domain objects. But they are ...
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The meaning of 'fully traversable namespaces' in JavaScript

During research into architecture of single page applications, I came across the following resource by Mikito Takada, written around 2013: http://singlepageappbook.com/ In his introduction he ...
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How do I know when should I package my classes in Ruby?

In Ruby, I'm creating a small game development framework. Just some personal project - a very small group of friends helping. Now I am in need of handling geometric concepts. Rectangles, Circles, ...
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Can I use dynamic packages in Delphi if I plan to build my application for cross platform usage?

Now I am thinking about architecture of my program. I plan to provide one not only for Desktop usage, but for mobile platforms as well. I want to create a bpl package as separate file. That is I want ...
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What are the benefits of having a remote database for your command line utility

I'm current working on a command line app that will grab resources online for you when you're setting up a new project locally. Right now all the urls for the resources I need are hardcoded into the ...
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best practices for packaging in Scala projects?

Scala runs on the JVM, but that doesn't mean we have to write it like Java. Eclipse discourages use of the default package. What are some considerations (e.g. size of project) that determine how ...
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Understanding Package Management Systems

I am attempting to understand what a Package Management System. I grasp the main concept of it but I have some queries. Does a package management system install features(compilers, libraries, ...
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How can I gauge the supportability and reliability of a package before introducing it to a project? [closed]

I recently found a package (JavaBuilders) that I like and I think will help develop on my project but it has some issues: No longer being developed (last commit on github >1 year ago) Lack of ...
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What are the steps to grouping related classes into packages

What are the steps needed to be taken to group related classes into packages in Java? In my case, I have about a number of .java files that I'd like to group into 3 packages according to the MVC ...