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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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Explain what this means, “Bulldozer Code” [closed]

I ran across an article on things programmers should avoid doing and came across this term: Bulldozer Code. The author defined it at as "giving the appearance of refactoring by breaking out chunks ...
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Proper sequence of actions for merging using SVN?

I'm totally new to CVCS (SVN specifically). I find that most resources focus very strongly on the command-line commands (irrelevant; we use Windows Explorer + TortoiseSVN) and about structure (e.g. ...
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Develop in trunk and then branch off, or in release branch and then merge back? [duplicate]

Say that we've decided on following a "release-based" branching strategy, so we'll have a branch for each release, and we can add maintenance updates as sub-branches from those. Does it matter ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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Should I place functions that are only used in one other function, within that function?

Specifically, I'm writing in JavaScript. Let's say my primary function is Function A. If Function A makes several calls to Function B, but Function B is not used anywhere else, then should I just ...
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Many Arguments in Case Classes [closed]

I have generally read that having many (>4) arguments to a function/constructor is a bad practice. Is this still considered a bad practice? And is there a non-obvious reason? In something like a ...
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Alternatives to the use of the Id/Name properties with non-inputs elements in HTML

I'm migrating a website that use Javacsript/HTML/PHP using reusable javascript code, in certain moment I saw the opportunity to simplify code in functions that use almost the same code. Let's say: I ...
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OnClickListener good practice

Which one of the ways has better performance, or is a good programming practice, making the holder activity extend OnClickListener and make a Switch() clause for getItemId() or making one ...
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Should you ever use private on fields and methods in C#?

I am somewhat new to C# and just found out that: in C# all of the fields and methods in a class are default private. Meaning that this: class MyClass { string myString } is the same as: class ...
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When is it appropriate to do calculations in front-end?

My team is developing a WEB based finance application and there was a bit of an argument with a colleague where to keep the calculations - purely in back-end or keep some in front-end too? Brief ...
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Is making a small change, testing it, then “rinse and repeat”, a bad habit?

I am a programmer with a number of years of experience. I realized I got a certain habit. I'm not sure whether it's really a bad habit or not. I get a list of tasks to perform for a solution, even ...
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Java-Like 'throws'-information in method signature C#

From Java I know that the signatures of methods that can throw exceptions contain a throws block, that contains the Exception(s) that might be thrown. In C# there is no such thing and it is also not ...
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Should data be stored to local database in Android when heavily using REST services?

Let's say I have an application that has constantly changing data. Changes are so frequent that you basically need to refresh data every time you open some screen and keep refreshing it. Is it worth ...
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Unit testing - should tests for a method validate the results of other methods?

One thing bothers me while I'm writing unit tests of my code. did tests of method should include validation of outcome from other methods? Of course, public methods. Let's go to - rather trivial - ...
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How to avoid reinventing the wheel when using complex frameworks?

For the backstory, I'm developing a GUI application in C#/WPF. I already had in my code quite many instances of <ComboBox ItemsSource="{Binding Items}"> <ComboBox.ItemTemplate> ...
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Is it necessary to memorize every line of code when it comes to game development? [closed]

I am currently following along a youtube tutorial here and from what I understand we are starting out by creating an engine to run the game. Should I be able to implement all of this by myself without ...
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Best practices in designing a social network app? [closed]

What are best practices when it comes to designing a social network app for Android (possible iOS port later depending on uptake)? It's my first time architecting something this scale from scratch, ...
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Preferred method for handling Failed CRUD operations in Entity Framework (6)?

I am using EF 6 as my ORM. I am trying to decide how to handle CRUD failures. Option 1: Use exceptions (custom or built-in) to inform the web layer that an item didn't correctly save. Handle the ...
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Creating menu structure using DB - is that fine?

Also I have an application that basically consists of a lot of screen so user needs to navigate a lot (like go from A>B>C>D) etc. I have been thinking how to implement this (mainly hold the structure ...
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How to handle a vendor who asks for the solution of an issue they could not solve

Being a small department of developers, it's not uncommon for us to outsource projects. We have a set of companies that we really like to work with, very reliable and good local people who appreciate ...
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Why are some files in programming projects named “commons”?

I have seen numerous projects have a file named commons for example: commomns.go I was wondering, why was this convention adopted and what did the meaning of naming a file or a package or something ...
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I know JavaScript really well, but i bomb coding interviews [closed]

So I'm currently on a hunt for a new position as a Front-End Developer. I know JavaScript very well and can wax poetically about Closures, Currying, Prototypal Inheritance, Design Patterns, App ...
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Whats the best way to build a HTML/AJAX site that requires login? [closed]

Let's say that hypothetically you wanted to build a website that delivered content to the visitors entirely using HTML and Javascript (AJAX to fetch server side data). The site would require login for ...
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Why to declare a String (as final) and then use it?

In a typical spring mvc validator class, while inserting an errorCode value in the Errors object, what difference does it make between using a String (props.somefield.req) like so ...
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Daily builds with SVN for a small team

I have a general question regarding best practices. I have a small team working on a medium-scale software project, which involves integrating code from different environments, etc. The project is a ...
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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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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 [duplicate]

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). A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company whose owner is not much of a tech guy. He ...
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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 ...