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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Developer account in OSX, admin or managed user with our without sudo access?

The tutorials I find to setup OS-X for web developer programming (installing x-code ruby js cocoapods sql c asm etc) leave out if it should be done from an admin account, or standard (managed) user. ...
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The Better Parts and Delegation: Is Crockford Too Extreme?

Douglas Crockford has recently been giving a talk called The Better Parts. The gist of the talk is that JavaScript developers should actually avoid a superset of the The Bad Parts, which now includes ...
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Redundant ElseIf-Else Blocks [duplicate]

These types of if-elseif-else blocks appear all over the place, and in no small number (so the less the better). Every time I have to think and decide: Do I want the simpler or the more thorough of ...
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Sending Out Functions To Return Or To Die

Which is preferable for both solid technique and secure coding? Example #1: function_one() blah; function_two() blah; print blah; exit; ... Example #2: ...
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Is it better to use strings or int to reference enums outside the java part of the system?

We were having a discussion at my work about the use of enums in Java. A coworker was arguing that when using enums on the server-side, whenever required we should use string to reference to it (for ...
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Returning the object/$this [duplicate]

A very general question. I was thinking about method chaining, which seems useful, and began wondering if there is a reason to not return the object in a class member, as a matter of course. For ...
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Is there a common set of best practices for passing anonymous functions as arguments?

This is a generic question about using anonymous functions as arguments to other functions. I give an example in Python, but the question is not about Python (and I'm particularly interested in ...
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Coerce bad input or always crash early

The general consensus seems to favor the Crash Early approach, the most reputable source being the acclaimed Pragmatic Programmer book. And while I understand and agree with the advice in many ...
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What is the best way to remember a successful execution over several program calls?

I'm working on a build process, that is called manually over the command line. To check if it exited unsuccessfully during the build I want to set a lock file (symbolic link) and remove it on ...
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Should I use ASP .resx resources if the website is available in a single language?

Is it a best practice to always store strings in ASP .resx resources files, even when the application is not localized according to the user culture ? (Web pages will be displayed in french.) Is there ...
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Enforcing manual inclusion of a specific header file (banned.h)

Banned.h is a list of ANSI C functions that Microsoft is trying to persuade programmers to deprecate. I already know how to enforce automatic inclusion of banned.h (such as the answer to Ensuring that ...
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Best OOP Practice in C#: Passing the object as parameter VS creating a new instance of the object

First things first, I would like to know if passing an object as parameter is much better than creating another object AGAIN in a class that will use it again and second what are the pros and cons of ...
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How can I tell when a program argument should be a configuration variable?

In simple cases I can see right away which direction to go. If I'm passing a working directory to my program, and it's the same for the vast majority of the runs, make it a configuration variable. ...
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Code First vs. Database First

When I design and create the software I work on, I typically design and create the back-end SQL tables first and then move on to the actual programming. The project I'm currently working on has me ...
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Who is responsible for stream positioning?

The samples in question are c#, but it applies to any language. If you have a function which reads content from a stream. Who should be responsible for ensuring that the stream position is correct ...
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What are the key areas to evaluate software (codebase) on? [closed]

I have been asked to do a code review of about 50 applications over a period of 6 weeks. (Management has changed and the new CTO asked for an full internal software audit) I am wondering, what are ...
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Is console logging inappropriate for chatty applications?

12 Factor states that applications should log to the console, those console logs should should be unbuffered, and the logs should be redirected to someplace useful (file, database, whatever). But ...
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Under which circumstances does it make sense to lose track of where an exception was thrown from?

Is there any valid reason why a catch block on a lower layer would throw back an exception caused by a higher, unknown layer using the following syntax: throw ex; ... rather than: throw; ... ? ...
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Advice needed on rethrowing an exception

Consider the following c# code: public class ExceptionManager { public static void TreatException(Exception ex) { if (ShowAndContinue(ex)) // display a user-friendly ...
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Is it normal for a programmer to not have 100% clarity over their own code at times? [closed]

I'm not an expert programmer so this may be why, but I've come to notice that whenever I create complex code (like a Chess game I recently made), I am able to write the correct code to get the program ...
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Manual repetitive conversion between file types

Let's say i have an interest in file conversions, but everything should be made by hand and i have multiple output formats (say: csv and excel). Once i get contacted by a client, i have to link ...
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How to move php documentation closer to standards?

I have an large php project. I used to document it with NaturalDocs, but I didn't include the documentation generation in the build process for a long time ( years ). I recently started using ...
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How to do Test Driven Development

I have just 2+ years of experience in application development. In those two years my approach towards development was as following Analyze requirements Identity Core component/Objects, Required ...
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Bringing coding best practices for non programmers (economists) [closed]

I now work in a team of economists, many of them specializing in a branch known as econometrics, that is heavy on statistics. I am the sole engineer on the team. They make use of EViews(a ...
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Program Architecture: How to manage objects that are interdependent

Consider the following case, image I making a simple chat program; I want it to be extensible such that it would be fair easy to add add different scripting and user interfaces. I want the core ...
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How and Why should class modifiers enforce or prevent inheritance and the ability to override

This isn't really related to anything I am working on currently, its more of a question I really couldn't find an answer for. Class modifiers like MustInherit or NotOverridable to me, seem like they ...
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Should we add constructors to structs

We often use c++ structs to define data structure as opposed to class which can be a complete module with member methods. Now deep down, we know they both are the same (loosely speaking). The fact ...
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Human names in programming examples [duplicate]

In small programming examples, it is established that one will probably use foo, bar, and/or baz as variable/function names. Are there accepted human names one can use? For example, if a program is ...
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Using DDL commands in programming language [duplicate]

Hello I am a student with no industry experience. My question may sound dumb, but, me and my friends were having discussions on use of DDL directly in programming language (any language may be Java, ...
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Why doesn't array declaration guarantee proper memory allocation whereas malloc does? [closed]

In C++, when I declare an array like int array[10];, it sometimes uses memory assigned to other variable where as this problem is non-existent when I use an integer pointer and malloc to allocate ...
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Code that converts a value into a different representation, then converts it back to where it started is bad, but how? [closed]

I was reading an article about bad programming practices. It mentioned - "Yo-Yo code" that converts a value into a different representation, then converts it back to where it started (eg: ...
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Is staying implementation agnostic really worth it?

I have a project that I'm working on currently using Tomcat, Spring 4, Spring Security, MySQL, and JPA w/ Hibernate. I picked JPA from the standpoint that it's suppose to make swapping out the ...
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Add new/modify existing callback to/in API

I am working on a common API for a user interface. My colleagues use this framework in all their projects, but the UI is not our main aspect here, so the knowledge of the UI framework is somewhat ...
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How dangerous is it to take shortcuts when coding Web based applications? [closed]

I started working as a Web developer few months back. Previously, I had no prior professional experience in programming besides school classes and fun-side projects I did on my own. I am the only ...
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Method Parameters Ordering [closed]

I was recently changing a method to add in an additional parameter, and I couldn't help but wonder if there were "best practices" or "generally accepted rules" in deciding what order parameters of a ...
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Difference between patterns: Specification, Guarding, Conditions, Monads, Validation,

I'm currently trying to get my head around a few patterns (especially the ones mentioned in the title above) that are made to address different problems and are being used in different parts of the ...
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Is it better to have separate functions or add more arguments to a function? [closed]

Which is the better style to follow for say, changing the voltage on a 4 channel PSU: setChannelOneVoltage(voltage) setChannelTwoVoltage(voltage) setChannelThreeVoltage(voltage) ...
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Is creating subclasses for specific instances a bad practice?

Consider the following design public class Person { public virtual string Name { get; } public Person (string name) { this.Name = name; } } public class Karl : Person { ...
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translating a list of words (word1, word2 and word3) [closed]

We are trying to globalize an application and we have run into a situation where I'm not sure how (of if) we would go about formatting the string for globalization. It's a paragraph explaining ...
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@SuppressWarnings in generic array declaration

While doing a coding test, I ran into a problem where I need to initialize an array of generic type in Java. While trying to figure out how to do that, I looked at this Stack Overflow question and it ...
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When should a class be final? [duplicate]

I've only really seen this on Java's wrapper classes (String, Integer, etc.), but never in open-source projects, and I was never taught about it in any books or classes. I know it means the class ...
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How to predict a future simulation state

We have a program that combines the simulation of an aircraft system and predefined pedagogical scenarios for trainee pilots to learn how to use this system. When we follow the normal scenario, ...
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Breaking a function into smaller ones is great… except for what about code-folding? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading Robert Martin's Clean Code book. So far I'm enjoying it. Martin talks a lot about separating long functions into short functions, each doing exactly one thing at one level of ...
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Is it okay to use exceptions as tools to “catch” errors early?

I use exceptions to catch problems early. For example: public int getAverageAge(Person p1, Person p2){ if(p1 == null || p2 == null) throw new IllegalArgumentException("One or more of ...
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Does it make sense to have a separate init function?

I'm created an opaque type and I have two options for its management. The first looks like this: type_t *a = type_init(); int err; err = type_do(a, "foo", "bar", FLAGBIT1|FLAGBIT2, NULL); if (!err) ...
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Should `setX(Object o)` methods perform deep or shallow copies of objects?

My particular situation is related to Java, but I believe this is a more general OOP question than just Java programming. The Question: Should "mutator" methods perform deep or shallow copies? An ...
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Standardization and official guidelines for C++ template parameter naming [closed]

What are some explicit and official guidelines or standards for template parameter naming in C++? I've done something like this in the past: template<typename TContainer, typename TKey> void ...
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How to abide the “allocate in caller” rule when the size is computed in the callee?

Let's say we have an opaque type handle_t that is managed through a simple interface with functions such as: handle_t *handle_init(void); int handle_do(handle_t *); void handle_free(handle_t *); ...
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Competitive Programming [closed]

I think this may just be one of the most frequently asked questions by a novice (like me) on this site. Please pardon me for that. My question is I wish to get better at solving the harder problems of ...
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how to combine logs coming from multiple virtual machines for processing?

Scenario: Two virtual machines produce logs. I want these logs to be sent to a central server for processing (as soon as a line of these logs is generated-->streaming ). The condition here is that I ...