Programming Practices are the commonly or not so commonly used practices in development of software. These can include things like Agile Development, Kanban, Coding shortcuts, etc.

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What to do if no one knows what they need from you? [duplicate]

A year ago i started to work for a company where i work now. At first time there was been some big project, but after time it's (successfully) completed. Now my manager assigned new project to me, ...
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Preventing ip resolvers in a skype-like program

I'm currently in the process of creating a Skype-like program, that uses a hybrid peer to peer system to communicate between users (i.e. server contains all users IPs, a client that wants to connect ...
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Develop own MVC for Python (User defined custom framework) [on hold]

I have been creating many PHP applications and have also developed many applications based on the custom MVC that I have developed. When I started learning PHP MVC, I learned it from JREAM MVC for ...
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What coding conventions to use for open source software development? [on hold]

So far I have mostly written code just for myself and I was free to choose my own conventions. Now I'm thinking of contributing to open source projects and as I look at some, I see a common pattern. ...
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Suggestion of any good Open Source AngularJS app? [on hold]

I am a currently newbie to AngularJS and we are currently creating one app in AngularJS. I learnt all angular basic concepts like controllers, modules, services, models and all. But I am worried ...
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How to prove that following practices and industrial standards are profitable, and investment in refactoring are good

I started working in a company not much time ago, and what I see a lot inside a project is a high amount of low quality code and some custom ideas instead of industry standards and selected best ...
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What happens if I close an InputStream that is passed as an argument?

I have read that Java is pass-by-value, and I've been reading about it in this question at StackOverflow, but I'm still a bit confused, regarding the close() or shutdown() methods in various classes. ...
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Refactoring previous intern's noodle code with future interns in mind

Background I've run across this problem as I am currently an intern at a large company's local software division. I have been given the task of extending a project that several previous interns have ...
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Are the over-usage of delegates a bad thing?

Good day. I have been told that a good practice for writing methods is to make the method only responsible for doing one thing. It made sense to me now that I look back upon it in retrospect. There ...
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Programming with emacs instead of a debugger-integrated IDE [closed]

There's a question that might be deemed a duplicate of this one (I use an IDE (Eclipse) to develop software. Why should I switch to vim or emacs?) but I don't think answers my question. I usually ...
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Pros and cons for choosing between different return types

This is in context of a client-server architecture, although I don't think the architectural setting is needed to put up the problem. I have a function whose output can be classified into different ...
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Started wrong with a project, should I start over?

I'm a beginner web developer (one year of experience). Here's my situation: A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company where the owner (boss) is ...
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PHP Framework that favors better general habits over convention

This is intended as an objective question. I've been reading about most of the Frameworks for PHP. We use Cake at work, and I've had exposure to CodeIgniter and Symphony. They all have their own ...
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Automatically propagating changes

When working on multiple similar projects there are often changes that can't be extracted into a library, but should be applied to most of the projects. I mean changes like a modified directory ...
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Trying to come up with a mapping convention for C# objects

so this is C# but it could apply to any OO language where different sets of objects exist across different layers of an application. We have been trying to come up with a convention within the team ...
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How to deal with a new version of visual studio's directory?

When upgrading Visual Studio to a newer version, a new directory is created e.g. "Visual Studio 2013". I understand that that makes sense as we want to differentiate between code targeting different ...
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Is it good practice declare a function inline?

I'm writing a method and depending on a config field I need to change where I get my data from. What this results in me having to write code that looks like this: List<string> result = new ...
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Is it okay if we use an arbitrary string as UUID?

I found the tutorial of client (android) and server (pc) bluetooth tutorial from here. But my question is about the UUID. Is that okay if we define it randomly without the proper format? Because I ...
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Automatically create or update object in database

I have a database class with the following interface: public Database { //returns false if p (its ID) is already available //otherwise adds p the the list and returns true public boolean ...
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How to do documentation for code and why is software (often) poorly documented?

There are some good examples of well-documented code out there, such as java api. But, a lot of code in public projects such as git and internal projects of companies is poorly documented and not very ...
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Is serialization better done in instance methods or static methods

Say I have a class workStockItem, that I wish to serialize. Which is the better style? using a static method or using a non-static method (maybe even implemented as a property as seen below) ...
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File exists vs. File does not exist. Is there a difference in performance?

Let's say I am checking a directory for the existence of a file, and then depending on whether or not the file exists, I act accordingly. For example, see the two Python snippets below. if ...
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Scalable Job Handler

We have a job table that triggers a notification when a new job gets inserted. Clients that can handle such jobs may subscribe to those notifications. When a client receives a notification, he can ...
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Should a variable name be changed if its purpose changes?

I'll change my personal code often and not worry about going back and changing the associated variable names. Should variable names be maintained in case of meaning changes? var accountCurrentValue ...
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Setting global parameters: is this a reasonable use of const_cast and volatile?

I have a program that I run repeatedly with various parameter sets. Different parameters are used in different parts of the program (including different source files). The same parameter may also be ...
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Is there a benefit in compiling your code as you go along?

I recently had a job interview in which they gave me an hour to write some real code. It wasn't a huge amount, probably less than 100 lines. After about 45 minutes, I compiled, ran it, and got it to ...
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Why is the “app” folder now a (more) common pattern in web projects?

It might be related to the Yeoman project, or they might have adopted this from somewhere else, but it seems to be the default for all of their generators. Aside from Yeoman generators I've also ...
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Determine Programming Language Used for Project Based on Source Code

Is there an easy way to determine which programming languages were used in a project assuming you have access to the source code? I have been programming for quite some time, so I can recognize most ...
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What is decoupling and what development areas can it apply to? [closed]

I recently noticed decoupling as a topic in a question, and want to know what it is and where it can apply. By "where can it apply", I mean: Is it only relevant where compiled languages like C and ...
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Can decoupling hurt maintainability in certain situations?

Can the fact that the business logic is mapped to interfaces instead of implementations actually hinder the maintenance of the application in certain situations? A naive example with the Java's ...
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Your thoughts on Best Practices for Scientific Computing? [closed]

A recent paper by Wilson et al (2014) pointed out 24 Best Practices for scientific programming. It's worth to have a look. I would like to hear opinions about these points from experienced programmers ...
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Software development based on a reference implementation [closed]

Lets say I have library "A2" as a dependency in a project. Library "A2" is derived from library "A1"(A2 is a fork of A1 with some modifications to the original source code) where someone has done few ...
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Callbacks: when to return value, and when to modify parameter?

When writing a callback, when is best to have the callback return a value, and when is it best to have the callback modify a parameter? Is there a difference? For example, if we wanted to grab a list ...
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Storing a looong lookup table

Background The product i am working on has a very long lookup-table. the table contains static data and cannot be auto generated. there are about 500 rows and 10 columns. columns have mostly integers ...
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Should one always know what an API is doing just by looking at the code?

Recently I have been developing my own API and with that invested interest in API design I have been keenly interested how I can improve my API design. One aspect that has come up a couple times is ...
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Is it good to review programs with seniors and boss even if it is working fine?

In my company, before delivery of any project, my boss asks my seniors to review programs written by me or other team members or sometimes boss also sits with us for review. I think it is a good way ...
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One method with many behaviours or many methods

This question is quite general and not related to a specific language, but more to coding best practices. Recently, I've been developing a feature for my app that is requested in many cases with ...
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Conception and design before coding: how much is this true? [closed]

I learned at school as well as I read everywhere else that a good development methodology needs conception and design before coding properly. That is not a new information even for a beginner ...
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Why don't we completely de-couple frontend JS frameworks and backend APIs? [closed]

Whenever we implement a frontend framework in the likes of Backbone, AngularJS etc. there's an integration process involved with the backend technologies like NodeJS, Rails, Yii etc. (like setting up ...
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How to efficiently troubleshoot or test new code when hardware setup to reproduce bugs is difficult or impossible to obtain?

I work at a mid-sized company (150ish employees, ~10 size engineering team), and most of my projects involve interfacing with lab equipment (oscilloscopes, optical spectrum analyzers, etc) for the ...
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Strategies to manage multiple clients able to simultaneously edit same data

How can I deal with situations when multiple clients might edit same object at the same time? For example, I have a web app with admin console, which lets you edit profile data. Several users want to ...
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ASP.NET deployment/maintenance best practices

I have been in the web development industry for around 5 years now, always working in an open source environment. Mostly apache, mysql, and php with a little bit of ruby, using git for version ...
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Wrapping a map with instance or static method

I have a java.util.Map<String, Object> object which different types of values in it. I don't want to cast whereever I do a get operation over this. To do this, I created different classes ...
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What is the best way to track database changes across a large team

What is the best way to track any change made to the SQL Server database before moving to production in case of a large team ? We have used excel sheets but quite often things get missed which come ...
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Is it okay to not completely understand code functionality? [duplicate]

As I am currently struggling with learning WCF for a project at work, for the past several days I have been looking at online tutorials and examples on the best way to make a WCF client; and today, ...
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Utility Functions Best Practices [closed]

Update: Most answers are about how to write a wrapping interface or what is a good wrapper around ADO. but my question is more about when to do so and when not. I never found a good rule for deciding ...
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Methods for structuring JavaScript SDKs

I've built a REST API and have been using Backbone models throughout a couple different applications to communicate to it. I would really like to build a single JS SDK that can be used in any ...
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Beyond Object Oriented Programming [closed]

Is there something beyond OOP? In today's world, almost any problem can be solved with OOP as the basis. But how many of them are really effective? For example, Java is purely Object Oriented. It ...
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Implementing Generic Routines [closed]

Is it possible to implement generic routines in any language (C#, Java, etc). By generic routines I mean, in specific event Handlers. Lets say, I have 2 Buttons and 2 text boxes. One Button, when ...
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Progressive Enhancement vs. Single Page Apps

I just got back from a conference in Boston called An Event Apart. A really popular theme amongst the speakers was the idea of progressive enhancement - a site's content should go in the HTML, and ...