A project is a collaborative and planned activity for attaining a particular goal.

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Questions that may already have your answer [on hold]

In an interview, I was asked to Please provide details below as to why you believe this application is considered to be an exceptional case?
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Do the Project managers build a structure of an app (with empty methods) then give it to the others for completing the app in real world Project? [closed]

I have very little experience working in a big project. But I did work about 3 months in a small outsourcer (a company that do the coding for a bigger foreigner web development company). This is what ...
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Which license retains copyright while allowing work to be shared and derived from?

I am working on an academic research project whose results and some code we intend to publish. Research journals and conferences explicitly require that the authors have copyright over the work done ...
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How to assure client that we will complete our project and won't run away with the money [closed]

I have decided to work as a freelancer. I have developed a software and have successfully given the presentation demo. The client liked it and has agreed to implement the project in his organisation. ...
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How to Explain Coding is not just Copy and Paste to non Software Developers? [closed]

We have 6 people in my group. My boss and the others are all SQL developers with little understanding of programming, design patterns, good object oriented design, etc. But, they have all taken a ...
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What are some pointers for choosing the right project to work on [closed]

Sometimes I come across situations where I am given a list of projects and I have to choose one to work on. This could be a programming contest, job interview or a professional environment. Given that ...
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can you have too many dto/bo - mapping method

I have a windows service, 2 web services and a web interface that need to follow the same path (data wise). So I came up with two ways of creating my solution. My concern is the fact that the ...
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When to write software project documentation on code [duplicate]

I usually write my software projects in java, and I am still a bit confused as to when to document my classes, interfaces and methods. There are two ways: 1) Write documentation after declaring or ...
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Should we be completely honest to our clients about a time frame for a project?

I have been having this experience for sometime now, when a client needs a software product and contacts me, the client usually wants to know the time frame on which this product will be accomplished. ...
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How to design (just the outline) an enterprise class PHP application

For the last year or so, I have been working on a very large application. I am currently on version 17 of it, and every time, I start over with some of the code from before. But now, this is starting ...
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Reconciling contradictory programming advice: get something working and iterate vs. really think it through before coding

I am an intermediate programmer with a few years of professional experience who is halfway through a masters degree. In learning to program I've often heard two pieces of seemingly contradictory ...
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How can I prepare for the next software paradigm? [duplicate]

Throughout the history of programming whenever a new technology was made a application for it had to be made. E.g. When Android came out Android Apps came out ~ giving millions of dollars in revenue ...
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Keeping track of projects [closed]

In my job I deal with several projects at the same time (and who doesn't?). Sometimes I have to make changes to a project which I dealt with half a year ago or even longer. And it's hard to recollect ...
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How do you come up with algorithms?

I picked up some Project Euler questions today and decided to find more effective ways to Answer the questions l had already answered. So on the question about finding the sum of the even Fibonacci ...
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Multi-module web project with Spring and Maven

Assume we have a few projects, each containing some web resources (e.g., html pages). parent.pom +- web (war) +- web-plugin-1 (jar) +- web-plugin-2 (jar) ... Let's say web is the ...
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Effective way of keeping past projects with their working development environment?

I find that whenever I want to go run a past project, it will take a long time before I can find it and before I have everything set-up again for it to be able to run. For example, I have python ...
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What should I include in my repositiory from IDE projects

I want to add a project which in this case is created in Netbeans but this question is general for most IDE's. It's simply, what should I include in my repository. For example Netbeans creates a ...
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What to do if the task is too difficult ? Internship/SummerTraining

I conducting my summer training or internship for 2 months in an IT company as a a Sysadmin and Web developer. This is my first week. My mentor assigned me to work on an existing Flash/AS3 ...
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What is good way to maintain library project without redundancy?

I am an Android developer, while I am developing a new project I often find I need to import a library project, so in every new project I need to to copy my library project and then I can add. Is ...
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How do I collect a list of rss feeds? [closed]

I am developing a rss reader where users search and follow blogs. But, how will I collect and store the feeds of thousands of blogs? Manual process of adding individual feeds is painful. Is there an ...
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What to do as a Dev when for years their team has lacked product innovation, not used project mgmt methodologies, and kept bad Software Dev practices? [closed]

I am interested in knowing how to deal with a current software development process that has not been changed for years and will eventually lead to product and team failure. Yes, probably the easier ...
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Solution looking for a problem (learning design patterns, school) [closed]

I'm enrolled in grad school and this summer we're tasked with a series of projects that should include implementations of design patterns from a couple of textbooks. Our first project is for one of a ...
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How should I behave as a developer in a project that's headed for failure?

I am a developer in a 5-member team and I believe our project is headed for disaster. I'll describe why in a moment, but my question is: how should I behave? The deadline is in 1.5 months, and I ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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How should you deal with a popular project that you no longer want to maintain?

I am the maintainer of a project which has a large non-technical userbase. I've been maintaining it for about 4 years now and adding new features as they've been requested. I'd like to move on to ...
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Should classes, enums and other entities be placed in separate files?

My company's team lead\architect argues that a large-scale project is easier to understand if "entities connected by logic" are placed in one .cs file. I quote: "The whole structure of the logic ...
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How to approach the creation of a “Unit Outline” generator?

I am the Studies Coordinator at a College and we currently have somewhere in the order of 100-200 unit outlines that are created at the beginning of each semester. Those outlines need to have ...
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Study a project to be able to maintain it in future

I've joined as a fresher (trainee) a software company developing for Windows Store. I don't know much about C#. My company has started Windows Store development recently. They didn't do .Net ...
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Should I create a new open project to replace an existing one?

Recently I was looking at an open source project to contribute to however after going through the ugly code base (which seems to break quite a bit) and reading some things about the current maintainer ...
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Is looking at random code snippets useful to quickly determine the quality of a project?

To get an idea of the quality of a project that I've never seen before (usually open source projects that I'm considering whether or not to use), I often start by opening random files and eyeballing ...
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Why would companies allow these practices? [closed]

Here's a situation that usually happens in some companies: Announce interesting product X. Promise a release date. Release on the promised released date, ready or not. Users discover and report ...
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Project Dashboards

I'm attempting to create a dashboard so that people not intimately involved with the project can get an indication of project's health. I'm struggling with determining what to put on said dashboard. I ...
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Build one to throw away vs Second-system effect

On one hand there is an advice that says "Build one to throw away". Only after finishing a software system and seeing the end product we realize what went wrong in the design phase and understand how ...
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Releasing Mobile Application under multiple platforms, same time or?

I've always had this idea circling around until I am facing this issue. We made an android app, it is ready, but we are planning to release the same app on iOS and possibly Windows Phone; Now, ...
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What technical details should be included in a presentation of software project to senior management? [closed]

We have created a web application. We need to demo this application to our senior management. They don't understand the technology. We are creating a power point presentation for this. How much ...
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Is SOA an Utopia? [closed]

I have attended to many SOA related sales pitches and presentations through the years. SOA projects have died because of lack of interest or because of grandiose scopes. The very buzzword has lost ...
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How to maintain same code fragments on multiple projects [closed]

I am an indie developer working on multiple Android projects. I am having problem with maintaining same functionality on different projects. For example, three of my apps use the same 2 classes; since ...
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Good Practices for development team in large projects

Since I started learning C a few years ago, I have never been a part of a team that worked on a project. I am very interested to know what are the best practices for writing large projects in C. One ...
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Depending on fixed version of a library and ignore its updates

I was talking to a technical boss yesterday. Its about a project in C++ that depends on opencv and he wanted to include a specific opencv version into the svn and keep using this version ignoring any ...
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How much more should I charge for freelance project source code?

Currently I'm working as a freelancer, and for the first time a faced a client who wants the source code too. This client owns a software development company, and wants to have rights over the source ...
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Starting a new project and need ideas for handling Phishing/Brute Force attacks AND Logging access [closed]

I'm starting a brand new project. The main access from the client side app will be via an API written in ASP.Net MVC3. I'm looking for discussions on how best to handle logging information for ...
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A place for putting code samples in projects

Every now and then I get or write some minimal code samples to achieve tasks. What's the usual practice for storing these samples (which could prove useful later on) ? Have a separate source folder or ...
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Best Practices when extending a project

I have to extend a web application for a customer, there is no documentation of the current app, no analysis and even worse, there is no technical support or management. The client gives me a list of ...
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Biggest obstacles to working on a group project [closed]

I'm doing my first group project in a class where most quarters 40% of the students have failed. I believe the reason for this is the poor quality of teaching in the class. For example, the instructor ...
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Is working on a large project a good or a bad thing in the long run? [closed]

In a large project you only get to use the technology necessary for that project; smaller projects come and go, and you need to learn more technologies. On the other hand large projects are usually ...
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How do you get past the Analysis to Paralysis when working on a new project?

I've been struggling with how to get my project going. I've got an old software package that is in need of desparate rewrite. I haven't compiled the source code since 2004. It still sells, it's stable ...
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Does it work when a developer is the project manager's boss?

I am in the planning stage of a project and I am looking to hire a project manager. I would like to do some coding and keep eye on all parts of the project. However, i have a feeling that a project ...
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Quantitfying a cost for a software project

Disclaimer: I didn't know exactly where to put this question. If you feel that this question is not suitable for Programmers @ StackExchange, feel free to migrate it. Background: Broadening my last ...
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Difference between planning a project vs. planning a product

I have read in numerous places that when developing a product you need to take a different approach to when you are developing a project (think "contract" work). Some differences are: 1) There is no ...
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How to introduce your team to functional style of coding?

I have a situation where most people in my group come from an object oriented programming background with little to no understanding of functional programming. Not even basics like closures. Any ...