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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Testing - Test for Specific Paths?

When (unit) testing, is is bad to expect the code to use certain paths. For example, should I be testing for specifically "/build/static/public/css/", or just that server.cssPath has been set to a ...
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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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How does a developer code in anticipation of change? [closed]

I ask this question based on the fact that currently my environment is under constant change due to the type of work we do. We do not always work on a project bases we often have smaller changes that ...
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Publish Modules from a Java Project on Github and integrate into IntelliJ [closed]

What is the best practice to work with several Java modules from different GitHub sources using IntelliJ? This might be an odd qeustion but I do not know what the standard workflow is to achieve what ...
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Should you test development features?

Is it a good practice to test features that only run in a development environment, or just a waste of time? Specifics: The item that is prompting this question is a line of code that dynamically ...
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Special parameters for behaviour, good or bad practice?

I really was questioning to myself where to ask this, as I could not decide myself. This is more of a software design question. Context I currently maintain a small Node.js module on NPM which ...
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When should a private method take the public route to access private data?

When should a private method take the public route to access private data? For example, if I had this immutable 'multiplier' class (a bit contrived, I know): class Multiplier { public: ...
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Testing - How to test if you are actually testing the code?

I was thinking about unit tests and code coverage, and I came up with this thought: It is possible to have 100% code coverage and not test 100% of your code. For example: function ...
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How often is seq used in Haskell production code?

I have some experience writing small tools in Haskell and I find it very intuitive to use, especially for writing filters (using interact) that process their standard input and pipe it to standard ...
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Nullable enumeration values vs. “NoValue” or “Undefined”, etc

I often write code which translates entities in the database to domain objects. These entities often have fields which are constrained and translate to enumerations in the domain objects. In some ...
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When to Save Assets (mainly Pictures) in DB and when on Filesystem?

For a web application we are planning (some kind of product information system). We have to manage all the assets (pictures) of the products. There are system (Wikis or DAM System) that save the ...
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Suggestions on refactoring a poorly written ASP.Net MVC web application [closed]

I have recently "inherited" a project written in ASP.Net MVC which has quite a few issues and I'm looking for suggestions on how to go about refactoring the code. The technical issues found so far ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is the correct way to publish a runtime? Should it be a singleton?

I have a compiler for a programming language that targets JavaScript. That language needs some global functions such as: alloc, memcpy, write and so on. My question is: where should I position those ...
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Is there a constant for “end of time”?

For some systems, the time value 9999-12-31 is used as the "end of time" as the end of the time that the computer can calculate. But what if it changes? Wouldn't it be better to define this time as a ...
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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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JSP Include: one large bean or bean for each include

I want to refactor a webapp that consists of very distorted JSPs and servlets. Because we can't switch to a web framework easily we have to keep JSPs and Servlets, and now we are in doubt how to ...
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Making subclass more type-specific with accessors

I have a super class: TriggerManager with a subclass TimedTriggerManager. NOTE: I'm working in java TimedTriggerManager only deals with TimedTrigger s, a subclass of Trigger. TriggerManager ...
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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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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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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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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 to handle large numbers?

Well, I've just started doing puzzles and it's so annoying to see puzzles which are easy to do but also need to handle very large numbers. That's the problem. Say I have to deal with numbers like 10 ...
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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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Git branching and tagging best practices

I am currently learning to use Git by reading Pro Git. Right now I'm learning about branching and tags. My question is when should I use a branch and when should I use a tag? For example, say I ...
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A defense for boilerplate?

To me, boilerplate code is obviously bad. However I've met a developer who displays resistance in any attempt to reduce boilerplate. I realized I didn't have a readily formed, well thought out ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Unit test storage on Android apps

I've been experimenting recently with Android applications. I've developed the convention (which I've seen used elsewhere) of placing my unit tests in a parallel source folder within an Eclipse ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it considered a bad practice to add logic in a property setter?

I jumped in to a project and I see that the other developers are adding a lot of logic in the setters of synthesized properties. I understand how this works, but I think that it makes it hard to ...
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How to avoid context switching while developing full stack web apps?

To give some context, I've been a Ruby & Rails developer for the past few years, and just recently started doing quite a lot of JavaScript to add more responsiveness to the apps. When programming ...
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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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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, ...