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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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How would I implement this application idea?

I am a D&D gamer and a developer that has mostly worked with ASP.NET applications professionally. I have written some chat bots in Node.js and I have only played a little with PHP but wrote ...
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Should I try to write simple key-value storage by myself?

I need a key-value storage in a simplest form we can think of. Keys should be some fixed-length strings, values should be some texts. This key-value storage should have an HTTP-backed API. That's ...
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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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3d point cloud reconstruction using in c++

I've got a project which involves 3D reconstruction if point clouds from a 3D scanner. Being relatively new to the computer vision field I'm in the dark. The objective of the project is to implement ...
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Java language book for an experienced programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book for learning Java as an experienced developer? I am looking for book to get up to speed with (start with) a Java language. I am experienced ...
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How to define a natural id in database?

There are a lot of manuals. I am trying to create an database to hold information of these documents. But, there is a small problem. How can I give meaningful id to the manuals? Are there any standard ...
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Moving dozens of existing standalone retail sites to one central inventory database: what should I know going in?

This will be the first project of this scale that I have attempted, and the first time I have run a website at all (much less dozens) using an off-site database. In particular, I'd like to know: ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers?

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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When a task can be accomplished by either Javascript or CSS, is it better to use CSS?

I always veto JavaScript by using CSS as much as possible. i.e. I create tabs and rollover buttons using CSS rather than JavaScript. I have seen some solutions—specifically the Wt ...
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Is there a canonical resource on ASP.NET MVC ? [closed]

I want to learn ASP.NET MVC. I have a solid background in asp.net web forms. Are there any resources that you can recommend to help me make the change? I'm ideally looking for videos which touch on ...
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How to choose a language, when taking in account the community it includes?

I was reading the following article: Great Hackers The following part grabbed my attention: "When you choose a language, you're also choosing a community. The programmers you'll be able to hire ...
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Guidance on choosing the language and approach for final year project [closed]

I am a Computer Science undergrad from India and an amateur programmer with knowledge of Java, and some Python as well. I have also dabbled a bit into functional programming. For my final year ...
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Languages / methods to learn for scientific computing? [closed]

I'm a second-semester Junior working towards a Computer Science degree with a Scientific Computing concentration and a Mathematics degree with a concentration on Applied Discrete Mathematics. So, ...
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Database Application Design Best Practices [duplicate]

Once upon a time it was common practice for both the business logic and database logic to be written in the same language (eg PL/SQL, Transact SQL, etc), more recently the practice is to separate the ...
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Should a developer be forced to memorize details?

Many times I forget things about my application. I don't memorize the table names or what a query did and I search to get what I want. My team leader told me I'm supposed to memorize the table names ...
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Scoping recommendations while developing in C

While developing a library using C, what are your recommendations about variable and function scoping? In C++, OOP and namespaces made the whole thing a lot easier. But how to do that with plain C? ...
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Examples of permission-based authorization systems in .Net?

I'm trying to figure out how to do roles/permissions in our application, and I am wondering if anyone knows of a good place to get a list of different permission-based authorization systems ...
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Need to include Calendar and Email in own CRM system. Whose?

I am writing a web based application that needs to have some elements of CRM in it but i cannot use an of-the-shelf CRM to do what i want. (Honestly we have been through it all and it will not work). ...
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Is there a canonical reference on algorithm design? [closed]

So every time I get an interview, I get simple problems. The problem is, I seem to make a mess of it by writing inefficient algorithms that either take too much space or time. I am really not able to ...
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Approaches that cater for poor connectivity

First off some background info My company has a software as a service model where people log onto our servers and do work. In order to support that application we have a utility application that ...
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What language should you learn in order to learn “pure” OOP? [closed]

I would like to use a pure object oriented programming language to really learn what the paradigm is about. I'm not out to become an expert at such; mostly will I implement some small things with it ...
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Vector operations: vec1.dot(vec2) vs vec1 * vec2 vs dot(vec1, vec2)

What's your preferred way to implement/use vector operations? vec1.dot(vec2) allows to reuse vec1 but is hard to read for longer equations dot(vec1, vec2) A friend of mine prefers this as "dot" ...
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What good graphics libraries are there for Python, not necessarily having to be about games? [closed]

I would like to try out a simple graphics programming framework for Python. It mustn't be game specific or anything, nor does it have to support 3D. I just want to use it for drawing graphs, charts ...
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Using an Apt Repository for Paid Software Updates

I'm trying to determine a way to distribute software updates for a hosted/on-site web application that may have weekly and/or monthly updates. I don't want the customers who use the on-site product to ...
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Free and decent GUI mockup tools? [closed]

Are there any decent tools aside from MS PowerPoint to create GUI mockups? I've tried Balsamiq Mockups. It's great but it's not free. Are there any tools just like it, but free?
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How can you tell if you're really going to be working with the “smartest people”?

In the same vein as this question, it seems like in every interview an engineer says that they're working with the smartest people. Well it's statistically impossible for every company to have the ...
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What is the general definition of something that can be included or excluded?

When an application presents a user with a list of items, it's pretty common that it permits the user to filter the items. Often a 'filter' feature is implemented as a set of include or exclude rules. ...
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Which framework would you recommend to use to add “social networking” components to a website?

Given an existing site/web application which already enables users to create and publish content, is there a service or server side tool I can install, which will add the standard social networking ...
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I'm interested in checking out a stack-oriented programming language. Which one would you recommend? [closed]

I'm interested in learning a stack-oriented programming language (such as Forth), which one would you recommend? The qualities I want are: You should be able to develop non-trivial software in it, ...
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Would you recommend Head First Programming for someone new? [closed]

My brother is just starting out college. He's studying the same thing I am here in Bolivia; Systems Engineer which is the equivalent of what a CS degree is in the US. Being his big brother and a ...
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How do you communicate improvements in tools and process to the development team?

My team does a lot of internal tooling and infrastructure work - you can think of us as a small scale version of the teams Facebook, Etsy, Netflix, etc. who build all the infrastructure for scaling ...
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What's the better user experience: Waiting once at startup for a long time or waiting frequently for a short time?

I'm currently design an application that involves a lot of calculation. Now I have generally two possibilities which I have both tested: 1) During startup of the application I calculated only the ...
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Coding in large chunks … Code verification skills

As a follow up to my prev question: What is the best aproach for coding in a slow compilation environment To recap: I am stuck with a large software system with which a TDD ideology of "test often" ...
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What languages do you support when localizing? [closed]

I recently converted an iphone app to support different languages, and was wondering which ones I should include, and which ones aren't worth the trouble. What I mean by that is best illustrated by ...
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What is the best aproach for coding in a slow compilation environment

I used to coding in C# in a TDD style - write/or change a small chunk of code, re-compile in 10 seconds the whole solution, re-run the tests and again. Easy... That development methodology worked ...
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Good Introductory Books on Writing Secure Software

What are some good introductory books about writing secure software? Specifically, one that covers basic strategies and design patterns for writing a secure software and surveys common security ...
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Resources for Learning Regular Expressions [closed]

What are the best resources you've found for learning regular expressions?
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Which online/hosted bug tracking tool do you use for your own work and projects? [closed]

I've accumulated a lot of side projects over the years, which I slowly improve on over time. Whenever I return to one, I take some time reading over text files that include design, recent bugs, next ...
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Is porting a Windows application to Mac worth it? [closed]

I have a C# Windows application that sells for $35, and fairly regularly receive requests for a version for OS X too. I don't have any experience with Mac so far though, and so am not sure exactly how ...
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Does it make sense to develop open source python library for database inspection?

Some time ago I came up with an idea for a library for database inspection. I started developing it and got some very basic functionality, just to check if that's possible. Recently however, I get ...
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Which order would you teach programming languages in, when teaching a newbie? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideal programming language learning sequence? If you had to design a study program, with a breadth-of-programming-languages requirement, which stated that the student ...
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What are current Biggest Challenges faced by Ecommerce Applications?

I am in the process to start Product Development for E-commerce and Online Retail domain but before starting I would like to know what are the biggest challenges faced by current state of Art ...
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How to systematize tagging in code?

There are several almost standard tags used in comments: FIXME, TODO, BUGBUG. Which other tags do you use and for what? Are there any standards on using them, i.e. format (supplemening with date and ...
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Can/should one record unstructured suggestions and feedback in an issue tracker?

I'd like to advocate the use of issue-tracking software within an organisation that currently does not use it. But there's one aspect of their situation for which I'm unsure of what to suggest: their ...
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When is an application too customizable?

Say you are developing a desktop application, and you want the user to be able to customize menus, buttons, keymapping, and other commands and components. How much customization should be allowed? I ...
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What tools/strategies do you use for planning and why?

Personally my favorite GUI to-do-list tool is ToDoList by AbstractSpoon (free). It can be customized to meet almost any need. It has limitless hierarchies for sub-tasks and projects. And plenty of ...
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When not to use Google Web Toolkit? [closed]

I'm considering use of GWT on a major in-house web app development project, namely it's major advantage in my eyes is the cross-compilation to Javascript which would (at least theoretically) help my ...
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Recommendations on integrating DI/IoC container into an existing application

I am now faced with integrating an inversion of control (IoC) container into an existing application, and I'm looking for some recommendations on how that can most easily be accomplished with the ...
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how to make audio and video streaming servers work?

I am a php mysql developer ... just an (below) average. and i am interested in the way television and radio are broadcasted over internet live. i want to know how it works and and what are its ...