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What's the proper name for the type of security where we secure resources by ownerrship?

I work on a REST API that mixes two types of security: First you have standard role-based security - so we have multiple roles such as administrator, read-only user, super user user, etc. Then we ...
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Where can I find bigger Android Icons (>48dp)? [closed]

I'm making a layout that has 6 icons in a grid layout, 2 across, 3 high, but the icons in the material design page by Google are a maximum of 48dp which is about 50-66% too small and makes them look ...
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Why are string resources generally kept external to the code and not inside the code?

Generally, on many platforms, I'm writing my string resources to a .resx or .xml file, and then I'm getting them using some platform-dependent approach. That is, on iOS, I'm getting them via ...
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Should Java 8 Stream instances always be close()'d?

Quoth the Javadoc: Streams have a BaseStream.close() method and implement AutoCloseable, but nearly all stream instances do not actually need to be closed after use. Generally, only streams whose ...
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How costly is DB data transfer as compared to data storage?

I've seen a number of answers (1, 2, 3) where they state that storage is cheap. So when designing a DB structure, it shouldn't be a main concern, or at least it doesn't rank very high in the list of ...
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When should I consider using a string table resource over a string constant in my Win32 application?

I've written a fair bit of Win32 desktop apps as hobby projects throughout my career but I've never used resources of the type string table in any of them; usually I either hard-code strings or build ...
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Is it better not to .close() inside API method body when passed a Reader or InputStream?

There are plenty of similar questions that have been answered. Example here. However, they all have both the Reader and the InputStream within the same scope or method body, and so suggest to close ...
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Does RESTful response always return a 404 and empty content when an array is expected but the result is empty?

I worked with Ruby on Rails and RESTful api before and now with Django Rest framework. For this question let's say we only consider the case of JSON but not XML. It seems that when we expect an ...
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How do you manage the testing of your Android software on physical devices?

I'm in charge of managing mobile application development at my company, and I am currently building a mobile device "library" for testing. Essentially, we want to have a representative device in-house ...
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Will the Database connection be closed if we yield the datareader row and not read all the records?

While understanding how yield keyword works, I came across link1 and link2 on StackOverflow which advocates the use of yield return while iterating over the DataReader and it suits my need as well. ...
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How do I model a sortable resource in sql database? [closed]

I encounter this issue when I create REST API. I cannot tell the exact scenario, but let's say it is for a website that has category and product resources. Each category has many products and both ...
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Fill widget with data retrieved from internet

I want to retrieve data from internet and show them into a widget. In particular, I've a widget with a QComboBox containing some service from which I can retrieve a list of exchange markets. When I ...
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How to deal with relative paths in out of source build?

An out of source build is a build which can be in any directory other than the source directory I have a project which contains relative paths to some resource files, needed at runtime, which are ...
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Is it a waste of time to free resources before I exit a process? [duplicate]

Let's consider a fictional program that builds a linked list in the heap, and at the end of the program there is a loop that frees all the nodes, and then exits. For this case let's say the linked ...
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Pointers vs IDs for “context-specific” functions

I need to be able to load, use, and free resources from a single monolithic object. I have two requirements: 1. That the resource loaded is owned by the object that created it and 2. All objects in a ...
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What's a good way to store/load a word list with thousands of entries?

I'm working on a project that requires a simple dictionary for checking spelling; it will be large, but will lack definitions. The solution we're currently working on has the base word list in a text ...
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MVC Widget optimization when accessing CSS and Resources

So we're trying to re-imagine our web solution in an MVC fashion. Going from an old webforms based solution to working with ASP.NET MVC with a bootstrap main menu and adding functionality in the forms ...
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Is there a language for defining restful web services? [closed]

I'm implementing a restful service automation tool for client applications. Basically, the tool takes a config file that defines restful resources, and creates some DTOs and resource classes for ...
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Why would we need to rollback twice before closing in a finally block?

I'm trying to implement the change in database connection closing suggested in this question's answers. More than once, I've come across this block of code at the end of my try blocks: try { ...
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Is there an issue with closing our database connections in the “Finally” block of a Try statement?

I'm doing some refactoring for our application, and trying to reduce the number of issues reported in our ISO Scan (a static code analysis tool based on HP Fortify). Right now, what I'm trying to ...
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How do you find out what resources are unmanaged?

Looking through the .NET documentation, specifically the WebRequest class, I don't see any information indicating that I should wrap an instantiation of it in a using statement. Even the provided ...
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What is the proper way to do REST?

Everybody nowadays does SOA, even if some don't actually understand what is all about. So they do it wrong. Using that as an analogy I know what REST is (or at least I think I do) and want to do some ...
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How to migrate my thinking from C++ to C#

I am an experienced C++ developer, I know the language in great details and have used some of its specific features intensively. Also, I know principles of OOD and design patterns. I am now learning ...
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taxonomy of software project resourcing models

I would like to understand the impact of different resourcing models for software projects. First, I would like to identify the different resourcing approaches that are used to resource software ...
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How to distribute copyrighted resources with and open source project?

I would like to create an open source GPLv3 project that will work with other resources that are under different types of copyright (e.g. free to use, but must not sell). Because of this, I can't ...
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What is the correct answer of given problem?

Consider a system having m resources of same type and 3 process A,B and C have peak demands of 3,4 and 6 respectiveley. What should be the value of m such that the deadlock will not occur ? My ...
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To include a resource ID in the payload or to derive from URI

Designing an API, we've come up against the question of whether a PUT payload should contain the ID of the resource being updated. This is what we currently have: PUT /users/123 Payload: {name: ...
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Are there any A.I. resources that explain the concepts and present source code?

Are there any A.I. resources that explain the concepts and present source code, similarly to AI Horizon? I've read books and research papers but they generally present a conceptual approach, without ...
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What if any languages treat undisposed resources as an error? [closed]

I've seen lots of code like the following example. It's in Python, but the same mistake is made in all languages with managed resources: f = open('foo.txt', 'rb') for line in f: print line That's ...
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Structuring Resource Files

In .NET we've got Resource files which are great for allowing providing translations across your application. In the past I've seen these resource files grow into monolithic unmaintainable lists of ...
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Can GC.SuppressFinalize cause performance problems?

I'm being asked to implement IDisposable on objects that are 100% managed resources, which contain no streams, and no large resources. I understand the importance of properly disposing of large ...
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How should I unit test a bitmap modifying method?

My Sprite class has a method: private void updateWithBitmap(Bitmap b, int x, int y) This will 'lay on top' the bitmap that's passed in, the top left corner of the passed in bitmap being at the x,y ...
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What's the most flexible way to ship changeable resources such as icons for an application?

We're currently upgrading some components of our application to new technologies such as C# using WPF and MVVM. Since we try to avoid past mistakes that have been made in our now legacy applications, ...
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Android DB With Some Multi-Language Data

I have a SQLite Database in my Android app with a "Question" table, among others. That table contains "default" or "pre-loaded" data (in this case the questions asked by the app). Some of its columns ...
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What would be the best way to learn about compilers, and executable formats? [duplicate]

I want to write my own compiler for my own language. Yes, it's going to be hard, and it will take long, but I think it will be worth it. I have looked into OSDev.org, and read about executable ...
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Operating systems theory — using minimum number of semaphores

This situation is prone to deadlock of processes in an operating system and I'd like to solve it with the minimum of semaphores. Basically there are three cooperating processes that all read data ...
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What is the accepted practice for string resource management in java?

In Android, final strings are stored in a strings.xml file, which makes it easy to update text, reuse strings and to translate an app to a different locale -- because everything is in one place. ...
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Is it OK to use email as an identifier in a RESTful URI?

I'm working with a team building a RESTful web service, and our current implementation utilizes the user's email as a unique identifier for the user resource, yielding URIs like the following: ...
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What is the limit on REST API resource levels

When designing a REST API, how deep should the resources levels go? For example; If I have the following database tables: Companies: ID, Name Employees: ID, Name, CompanyID Tasks: ID, Name, ...
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How to configure these REST API Resources [closed]

I'm still in the design phase of my REST API, and I'm a bit stuck on how to configure the resources. The API will be consumed by mobile devices (Android, iOS, and Windows). Communication through ...
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Why can't Java/C# implement RAII?

Question: Why can't Java/C# implement RAII? Clarification: I am aware the garbage collector is not deterministic. So with the current language features it is not possible for an object's Dispose() ...
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Choosing the right resources [duplicate]

Once I heard that a good book on any programming language cannot be short, so the number of pages is the first criterium when choosing a tutorial. The statement was half a joke, but it has some truth ...
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Is there a 'design pattern' type listing of common algorithms? [closed]

Is there a 'design pattern' styled listing of common/popular algorithms anywhere? Specifically, something that has a similar format along the lines of: Algorithm Name: e.g., Quick Sort, Bubble Sort, ...
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What are the alternatives to resx file

I am developing a Windows application and I want to store all the text for labels, radio buttons, buttons, check boxes and column headers of grids at one place. I have tried using a class file, an xml ...
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What is the one or the few major changes from Java 6 to Java 7, couldn't JBoss do that already with Java 5? [duplicate]

A buddy said today that one change between v6 and v7 is that v7 will close for instance database connection "automatically" but couldn't JBoss do that already with Java 5? I've seen "JBoss is closing ...
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Java Transaction Service without the application server

Is it possible to have a Java standalone application (no application server attached) that exposes some operations that a client can call and be the one to manage the transactions? I was thinking ...
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How to convince boss to buy Visual Studio 2012 Professional [closed]

The main advantage is the use of ReSharper and other add-ons but we need to make a convincing argument for the purchase of Visual Studio 2012 Professional. We are currently using Visual Studio 2012 ...
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Resources for functional programming beginner [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to grasp functional programming concepts? I'm looking for some resources on functional programming subject. It seems to be a paradigm which is gaining visibility and ...
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Object Orientation done right with PHP [closed]

I've started to work with web development using PHP as server side programming language. In that time I didn't know the benefits of object orientation and had a hard time trying to write more ...
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Is memory management in programming becoming an irrelevant concern?

Background I revisited an old (but great) site I had not been to for ages - the Alioth Language Shootout (http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/). I started out programming in C/C++ several years ...