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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How to avoid violating one definition rule in this case?

We have an existing Mutex C++ class. It has a debug feature to track the owner thread id. So it has a member variable to store this, but because the original developer doesn't want to waste memory, ...
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Differences between books in the principles of computer programming, and in programming languages [on hold]

What are differences between books in the principles of computer programming, and in programming languages (whose purposes are not for specific languages)? I am often confused by them. I heard ...
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Methods of ordering function definitions in code

When I work on some programming project (usually command line application in Python with many switches), I'm usually creating about 30 and more functions. Most of the functions are in one file (except ...
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How to work with a messy codebase and client [duplicate]

A client came to me with some features he wanted implementing. Easy enough to do what he asked. He paid me, I agreed to start on the start date and finish in 3 weeks. The code base is a disaster. It ...
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Are there any benefits of using this extra variable in the for loop annotation?

I have found the following loop annotation in a big project I am working on (pseudocode): var someOtherArray = []; for (var i = 0, n = array.length; i < n; i++) { someOtherArray[i] = ...
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Standard for Documenting Program Flow [on hold]

Problem: As a programmer, I would like to document the steps a program needs to take so that anyone else involved in the project can see the steps. However, I would like this to be as standardized as ...
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Best Practices for Managing Low Disc Space [on hold]

What are the norms for managing a low disc space situation? i.e. what should my application do if there is low disc space on startup? What would an application normally do if it runs out of space ...
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Create the fields in class level then instantiate inside methods or create and instantiated inside methods

I'm a newbie in software development. Just wondering which code is better and why should I continue which pattern should I follow. First Snippet: Class TestClass { private Object1 field = null; ...
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When, if ever, should I daisy chain functions?

I'll try to be as brief as possible in respect to your time. In a program divided up into many functions by which it is intended that they execute themselves one after another, when (if ever) is it ...
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Free Standing Functions in Global Namespace

When writing non-member, free functions, can they be placed in the global namespace so long as the signature specifies a namespace-scoped object? For example, in the code below, is "Example 2" ...
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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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Is relying on Demorgan's law in open-source code a barrier to contribution?

I recently added this code to a Github project I'm working on: if not initial_push=='y' and not initial_push=='yes': print('Aborting.') return False Since this is a public ...
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How is a dictionary better than a big switch, when mapping data to action? [duplicate]

Often times we see stuff like that in code: void myFunction(string someValue) { if (someValue == "a") { // ... } else if (someValue == "b") { // ... } else if (someValue == ...
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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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Is initializing a char[] with a string literal bad practice?

I was reading a thread titled "strlen vs sizeof" on CodeGuru, and one of the replies states that "it's anyways [sic] bad practice to initialie [sic] a char array with a string literal." Is this true, ...
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typedefs and #defines

We all have definitely used typedefs and #defines one time or the other. Today while working with them, I started pondering on a thing. Consider the below 2 situations to use int data type with ...
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Is it bad form to use the same variable name in different scopes?

Say you have some basic code where similar operations will take place in nearby lexical scopes. Take for example some simple pseudo code: variable = "foo" # Do something with variable if (True) { ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of recursion over loops? [duplicate]

What can be said for the benefits and negatives of recursive functions over using a loop? For example. Is it just a matter of writing less code? Surely recursion has the potential to StackOverflow ...
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Why use the Singleton pattern over class functions and fields? [duplicate]

I'm going to start by saying that I understand that programming in mostly class functions and variables can be harmful to object-orientation, and that most of the time an instance is preferred. I'll ...
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Should I learn a programming language that compiles to another? [closed]

For about a year now, I've been doing full stack web development. I am doing about 66% backend stuff (in Python), but from a time to time, I need to write HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I really want to ...
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Is throwing an exception an anti-pattern here?

I just had a discussion over a design choice after a code review. I wonder what your opinions are. There's this Preferences class, which is a bucket for key-value pairs. Null values are legal ...
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Exception handling and 3rd party library

I'm currently having an issue with a 3rd party control library provider. They have an exception occulting culture that gets in the way of my general fail-fast approach when developing software. An ...
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How can i get around of infinite circle of technology change [duplicate]

I have been in web developement for 6 years. I am facing one big problem and i want to know how can i get rid of it. There are many personal projects like web application which i want o build. As an ...
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Is it good practice to shorten functions? [duplicate]

Is it good practice to shorten functions? Like this code for instance: using System; namespace Hello { class Program { public static void ...
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When testing is it OK to use a method of the subject to test another method of the subject? [duplicate]

I have two methods in the same helper class one that creates an image (method A) and one that compares two images (method B). I want to check the return of method A against an existing image. To do ...
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Best practices for lookup tables in the application - by id or value

I have a complex database application. There are a lot of lookup tables containing a few values, in particular one contains pass / fail / waiting / unknown. In the application I find many of the ...
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Are there any easy-to-follow/reliable methods for simplifying code? [duplicate]

There is a problem with the way I code. Regardless of how much of a plan I write beforehand, the code becomes overcomplicated quickly. Reading books on good practice and attempting to adhere to their ...
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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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What's wrong with comments that explain complex code?

A lot of people claim that "comments should explain 'why', but not 'how'". Others say that "code should be self-documenting" and comments should be scarce. Robert C. Martin claims that (rephrased to ...
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How can I condense a case class with ~20 constructor arguments into 5 or 6 arguments in Scala?

Let's say I have a case class with ~20 constructor arguments? This is obviously very clunky to type. What would be the best way to condense these arguments into maybe 5 or 6 arguments? There are some ...
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I have generally read that having many (>4) arguments to a function/constructor is a bad practice. Is this still considered a bad practice? [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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What does one mean by UI Independent client logic?

I was reading this excellent post on Gmail's Blog. And I came across this line in the end which says, If you’re building an application that (a) has significant UI independent client logic ...
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Should I use foreign keys in my database if I use laravel?

I'm creating a website with Laravel for the first time. I checked relationships documentation today and it seems that Laravel just uses simple SQL queries. class User extends Eloquent { public ...
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How do you balance between “do it right” and “do it ASAP” in your daily work?

I find myself pondering over this question from time to time, again and again. I want to do things the right way: to write clean, understandable and correct code that is easy to maintain. However, ...
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Software development - The industry & general trends / Bad practices [duplicate]

I am a Web Developer and part of a small team working on an abundance of projects. This is my first "actual" real company after graduating with a degree in computer Science and I have about 2 years ...
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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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Injecting a javascript code to all requested web pages by a desktop application [on hold]

I work in a community school and I have been requested to censor some words in all requested web pages (page content-html level). If I could inject a javascript code I can do that with a simple ...
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Are there problems with using Reflection?

I don't know why, but I always feel like I am "cheating" when I use reflection - maybe it is because of the performance hit I know I am taking. Part of me says, if it is part of the language you are ...
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How do I organizing 2 different projects with shared code

I know there have been same question asked multiple times on the programmers stackexchange. I think my question is more specific and hence decided to start a new question. My current a project which ...
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What's the best way to avoid catastrophe caused by negligence? [duplicate]

I have been a programmer for almost 1 year. As an ADHD adult, naturally I don't have the same strength of attention on ordinary stuffs as my colleagues do. And I find the catastrophe made by me are ...
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Should I rename package after Android app name change?

I have an Android app. I have changed the app's name from appname1 to appname2. I would like to know if I should also change my package name from com.myname.appname1 to com.myname.appname2 to reflect ...
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Is it reliable to use and download libraries needed from GitHub and copy-pasting codes in order to increase productivity? [duplicate]

I'm just wondering. Is it okay or true that some of the best programmers once taught that to become an effective programmer is through being a lazy programmer rather than spend time memorizing lots of ...
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which is a better practice one method that does everything or a series of different methods?

I'm working with asp.net and c# Lets say I have a bunch of drop-downs and I want to bind data from a database, is it better to make a master-bind method that loops each one and gets the parameters to ...
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Have you ever purposely memorized code, and was it useful? [closed]

In school, we memorize the basics - the ABC's , the times-table, the capitals of states. Is there a place for memorization in Computer Science? Or is memorization just a waste of time?
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Why is it a good practice to keep Javascript code in separate files?

In web development we are commonly used to keep Javascript code in separate files, but sometimes we need this Javascript code to manipulate server side data locally. For example, making an Ajax Call ...
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Using conditional feature compilation/inclusion for release versioning

I have been playing with the following idea: commonly when different release series (1.0.x, 1.1.x, development code) of a product are maintained in parallel one uses different branches within a ...
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Java MVC: multiple use of the same event for different actions

I am working on a large Java project which employs the model-view-controller pattern. Should I use a different event for each action (to let the views communicate with their respective controllers)? ...
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Choosing between Single or multiple projects in a git repository?

In a git environment, where we have modularized most projects, we're facing the one project per repository or multiple projects per repository design issue. Let's consider a modularized project: ...
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Should we avoid object creation in Java?

I was told by a colleague that in Java object creation is the most expensive operation you could perform. So I can only conclude to create as few objects as possible. This seems somewhat to defeat ...
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How to encapsulate 'global' variables in C#? /best practice

In C# what is the best practice for encapsulating variables I need to use in multiple methods? Is it OK to simply declare them at the top of my class above the two methods? Also if I am using app ...