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 is the difference between function() and function(void)?

I have heard that it is a good practice to write functions that do not receive anything as a parameter like this: int func(void); But I hear that the right way to express that is like this: int ...
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What is a proper way to chain instructions if previous one is ok [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a big file I have to parse and process and each step needs to be done in an order as I do SQL queries and need inserted IDs to make other insertions ... The problem is I often ...
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Implementing peristent events using WCF-MSMQ

I am implementing a WCF-MSMQ based message queue that will follow the pub-sub model in which multiple publishers would publish an event and multiple subscriber would listen to it i.e a many to many ...
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Why would a program use a closure?

After reading many posts explaining closures here I'm still missing a key concept: Why write a closure? What specific task would a programmer be performing that might be best served by a closure? ...
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C Module - Where to put prototypes and definitions that do not belong to the public interface?

Since I am mainly an Electrical Engineer, forgive me if I am somewhat off with some terminology. I am currently programming a display driver/interface module. And like so many times before, I have ...
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If possible, would it be a bad practice to use Nullable for non value types?

After writing this question I found out that Nullable<T> has a type constraint of struct on T so you cannot actually use Nullable for reference types. However, some good answers interpreted ...
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Non-printable characters and editors

Today I was presented with a very nasty problem and I do not quite know where to ask this but hope here is ok. So I have the following string: "\0" (at least that's how it looks in visual studio). If ...
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Events in WCF Service Architecture (Server Side)

Problem: Now, I have some events that will take place when the client submits a request to the server. These events will arise on the server and they will be subscribed by the services themselves ...
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Good way to program an orchestration / processflow

I'm programming a process in which clients will be separated in 3 different groups, and for every group a different action will be performed. My question concerns the process of deciding which client ...
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Is it good that testers are competing to see who opens more bugs?

I'm a software developer. There is a team of testers who follow and run test cases written by the analyst, but also perform exploratory testing. It seems like the testers have been competing to see ...
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Making use of constant data

My team is working on an android app. A co-worker and I have different ideas on how to load constant data. To clarify, the data we are going to use are 100 × (n × 〈integer-integer pair〉) where 10 ...
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Short circuit evaluation, is it bad practice?

Something that I've known for a while but never considered is that in most languages it is possible to give priority to operators in an if statement based on their order. I often use this as a way to ...
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Using AngularJS to develop easy to implement modules for customers, wondering if this is a good way to implement this functionality?

Where I'm working, we currently have quite a few clients, both using Wordpress and custom site solutions that require our data to be sent via JSON to their site where they can then display it without ...
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How to name variables without plural in a for-each loop? [closed]

How do you name loop variables when the list item is named after something without a plural? For instance (in python): [x for x in sheep]. x is not a great name, but sheep have/has no plural that ...
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Is it a good idea to install more libraries than you need? [closed]

I decided to try Anaconda, it seems that too many large companies are using it. I was amazed by the number of libraries included by default installing: python-2.7.9-2 ... installing: ...
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What algorithm should I use for a lot of if else(s)?

I have to implement a lot of if else statements and I'm thinking of using Decision Tree but I'm not sure if it's going to be the right algorithm. I don't want to insert a piece of html code based on ...
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Sense user-agent to determine HTML - Keep HTML and Logic separate?

I am of-the-understanding that you should try to keep HTML out of your logic, and keep logic out of your HTML. E.G.: You don't write HTML in (C# strings or Javascript Services) and pass them into the ...
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Should all functions be fully self-contained (is it bad practice to share a variable between functions)?

There are two ways to do the same thing (pseudo code) Define databaseHandle in the parent function, and use it as a global in this scope: function API() { function openDatabase() { ...
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Yoda conditions: if you use more than one language? [closed]

Ive started coding for Wordpress and the coding standards recommend using Yoda conditions. if ( true == $the_force ) { $victorious = you_will( $be ); } But I also do some Android development, ...
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Using System.err.println() for debugging in Java

System.err The "standard" error output stream. This stream is already open and ready to accept output data. Typically this stream corresponds to display output or another output ...
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How much trouble can the use of Singleton class as Model cause?

In my latest WPF applications I've been using a Singleton class, that I call Model, to contain all my application's logic, such as file reading, information handling, etc.. In the WPF Views or ...
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Is it better to make database calls or external API calls first in the context of a single Web request?

Say you have a Web app that uses data from both a database and an external API, and for certain pieces of functionality, you need to call in to both in order to read/write the necessary data. Is it ...
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Why is it common to put an underscore before a method in JavaScript? [closed]

For example, I noticed that in the jQuery UI widget factory, methods like _init, _start, _on, ect.
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Is it considered good practice to declare base interfaces without mutators, supplying mutatators in a sub-interface

I asked a question on StackOverflow on how to properly implement an ImmutableMap that abides by the SOLID principles. Due to Java's Map interface containing put and putAll, it violates the interface ...
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One symbol - one meaning?

It's well known recomendations that: 1) class or function should have one responsibility 2) variable should not be reused in different contexts We can generalize this recomendations to general ...
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Is String processing more complex than number processing in programming languages?

I feel that string processing is always more complex than Numbers or mathematical processing. Are our programming languages are designed this way that mathematical operations are pretty much straight ...
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Clarification on Acquire/Release Semantics in multithreaded programming

In an attempt to fundamentally understand any concept, I try to understand the meaning of the words within the context it is being used. Currently, I am trying to fundamentally understand the whole ...
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Project has become so complex and big that I am lost [closed]

Hello this has never happened with me before . I am making an online shopping android app which has become huge and complex . While developing the code I have followed all the clean naming ...
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How do you build the confidence to work on large projects? [duplicate]

So I'm a programmer who works in telecom. I'm currently in school as well and I'm also an avid gamer (shocker). I said this to form my question: Take a big game title such as DotA 2 - how do you know ...
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Role-based REST API?

I'm building a REST API for which several users with different roles will have access to the resources it contains. To keep the scope simple let's take the "student/teacher/class" domain: GET ...
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Slicing up the Development Stack - diagonally?

We've got a new project going on, and at the moment developers have been split into two teams, team A and team B. This project has 2 parts to it which require development throughout the development ...
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Having one server for the whole team [closed]

I'm currently in a team where it lacks of its resources. The dev't team had only one websphere server for testing and we could not deploy our project in our local desktop because the websphere is only ...
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Is it OK to deprecate methods that need to be public due to the packaging model but are not to be used outside the codebase in Java?

I am currently working on a semi-large project that has several packages. There are 3 main packages, a "client" package, a "server" package and a "common" package. There are two jars, one for the ...
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Has pre-increment operators become that common? [closed]

Bit of background to explain the reasoning: I've been programming for a good while, but took a break between 2012 and 2014 for other stuff. Before that break, I would hardly ever hear about "++i", let ...
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What is an initial skeleton of the website called? A Framework? [closed]

I am building a website but I am wondering can I call the initial set of pages a framework? Say I have a project to build a website for a school. Before I start implementing the requirements I have ...
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Is lazy loading always required?

I know lazy loading is required when an expensive database call is being made. It would make sense using lazy loading in this example. The below example is in the context of asp.net so it's thread ...
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Why are objects instantiated this way?

Some times I see an object instantiated this way. ICustomer oCustomer = new Customer Obvious but the Customer class is implementing ICustomer interface in this example. Are there any advantages of ...
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Test-first iterative development in Common Lisp environment

Given: I want to practice proper test-first, continuous delivery-style software development in Common Lisp environment. Problem: How each red-green-refactor iteration of the process should look ...
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C# Subject Observer Architecture question

I'm making a C# application using the Subject Observer design pattern in a slightly different way. I am passing the Provider Class, implementing IObservable (this has the OnNext() method that ...
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Development Time: sql in UI code vs domain model with datamapper

First, sorry for my English guys. Currently this is my first programming job. I am labeled as the most incompetent programmer in my company that's because they measure the performance and ...
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What is the effectiveness of code reviewing by just reading? [duplicate]

I have been given the task of reviewing a change request comprising of more than 20 changes, the problem is that we do not / cannot install a version of the software to be evaluated as the development ...
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Documenting intent Vs knowledge

It is said you should document the intent of your function or class which I agree with. However recently this line became a little bit blurred when I was wanting someone to document why this ...
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How to write tests for function that depends on a config file?

I have a function that uses information from a config file. How do I test the function? Ideally, I'd want to inject my own version of the config file and test from there, but I'm not using dependency ...
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Is it OK to use name like `CLASS_CONSTANT` for class constant variables according to PEPs? [python]

On the code I'm viewing, I saw a class like this: class User(ModelBase): """# User: docstring""" COMBAT_RANK_KEY_PREFIX = 'combat_rank' LEVEL_RANK_KEY_PREFIX = 'level_rank' ...
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Should I avoid using style like `for k, v in dict_sample.items()`?

Today I was viewing my colleague's code and I saw a function like this: def manager_skill_tree_func(*args, **kwargs): """# manage_skill_tree: Initialize the manage skill tree """ ...
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Data padding for different hardware support?

Some hardware cannot read non-aligned data. For example Bitmap images are aligned to 4-bytes from the header and with each scan line in order to maintain device independence. For example you can ...
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Use interface or abstract class?

Now the title might seem like the question has been asked before but let me explain my situation and you'll see why I am asking this question. Let's consider this interface : public interface ...
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Compute Adjacent Pair

I was given the following problem: Integer V lies strictly between integers U and W if U < V < W or if U > V > W. A non-empty zero-indexed array A consisting of N integers is given. A ...
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How did desktop applications communicate with remote server before webservices?

I don't have lot of expierence with desktop applications, but if I had to create a client server desktop app, the data access would be done through a webservice. I believe data access through a ...
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Why do schools teach arrays over List? [closed]

Most of the assignments in my school for the initial programming classes required me to use arrays. I work full time now, and I never used an array for any project that I have worked on. Even in the ...