Computer software, or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it.

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distribution, release and version

Linux is packaged in a format known as a Linux distribution for desktop and server use. Linux distributions include the Linux kernel, supporting utilities and libraries and usually a large amount of ...
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Do we do white box testing on methods or on an overall program? [duplicate]

I am very confused about white box testing. A simplified version of the example: the entire system consists of three methods - methodA(), methodB(), methodC(). The program starts from methodA(), and ...
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What process will you use to clarify functional requirements and to gather non-functional requirements?

I am confused with what's the different between clarify and gather. I know using interview, observe or questionnaire can to elicit the requirement we want, but how to clarify the functional ...
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Fighting technical debt as the “lowest developer”?

Let's say you work for a company and what you do is develop software for them. You have no idea of the big picture or maybe slight. What you do have are tasks assigned to you via issue tracking ...
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Which to implement first: GUI or backend? [closed]

So, I can code both, but which should I use a base for development? In terms of TDD, should minimal aspects in the GUI be used as the seed from which to grow towards backend logic? or should the ...
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Can I get jobs in software development with a degree in a major other than Computer Science? [closed]

I'm learning on my own using courses from Team Treehouse, and the help of my brother who is a senior developer, with the aim of career changing into software development. Most of the entry level ...
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Programmer-to-Programmer, what would you ask? [closed]

I can't discuss specifics but let me begin by inserting you into a fictitious scenario that closely mimics the one I'm in. You have just been brought in as a engineering consultant to help finish an ...
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Software trial: limited time or limited functionality? [closed]

I am currently developing my first serious piece of software in C#. It is a good learning experience so far. My software is basically a task scheduling tool with some advanced features and ...
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Is open-sourcing previously-commercial engines a smart move? [duplicate]

I saw that the Unreal Engine is going open-source on github (see link1 and link2) and that made me wonder: "is open-sourcing a previously commercial engine a smart move?" What's the benefit to Epic ...
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What is the difference between software engineer, software developer and programmer? [duplicate]

What is the difference between software engineer, software developer and programmer roles?
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how to manage new private variables introduced into class?

Whenever I want to add a new functionality, I introduce a new private variable into the class. Declare it just above the first method definition. leave a small comment. Set it in a certain method. And ...
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How can I earn money on my software? [closed]

Over last several months I had written some good piece of numerical software in C# in .NET 4.0. Currently it has only versions for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 but thanks to Mono/Xamarin it wouldn't be ...
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Why is quality engineering difficult? [duplicate]

In quality engineering there are 3 phases: 1.quality assurance 2.quality control 3.quality measurement Quality Engineering is defined as “the branch of engineering which deals with the ...
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Copyright for a Software made for an organization, in return for certificate (India) [closed]

I and two of my friends have created a database project for an organization. The coordinator offered us "recommendations and certificates" in return. No other term was defined earlier. Now I want to ...
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Stopping spiders or unauthorised users from viewing files

I am stumped at this problem. Users authenticate at my client's website. Then the users see their profile page on my client's website. My client now wants me to provide a URL on their profile page, ...
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How to manage accidental complexity in software projects

When Murray Gell-Mann was asked how Richard Feynman managed to solve so many hard problems Gell-Mann responded that Feynman had an algorithm: Write down the problem. Think real hard. Write down the ...
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License for my Software

I am nowhere near good at coming up with what type of license to use and I don't want to be sued or have my work stolen so I am going to ask. Here is my situation: I am creating a software for my boss ...
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Valve-style management for all consumer software projects

Valve is one of the more successful software companies in the world and one can argue that a major part of their success is due to their lack of management structure. So why is it then agile, kanban, ...
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Refactor an old model of a LastUser Modification on every Object?

I have a software requirement, that needs to store the user that made the last modification to another object, for every object (assume that all objects are already mapped and into a BD). So we have ...
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What happens during “loading” screens?

I'm from the AS3, JavaScript, and similar "web languages" where loading means the code is being downloaded from the server, and can't run reliably until enough has been fetched to the user's computer. ...
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what is the difference between a software engineer and project manager? [closed]

I understand that a software engineers job is to work with all aspects of developing and supporting a software system. How does a project manager fit/work with a software engineer in a small team (5 ...
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Is there a guide for software development to design efficient hotkeys for actions?

I don't know how to word this easily but basically the software I am writing has a ton of actions and I want to assign hotkeys to every one of them so power users can work super fast. First off they ...
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I want to sell a simple calculator. What is the simplest way to implement registration keys?

I want to sell a simple calculator that will help a certain industry. This calculator would be installed on the computer (as opposed to a web service). How is a registration key mechanism implemented? ...
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Problems with Corba

I have a software engineering midterm tomorrow and as I was going through the past exams I saw this question: True or False with justification: One of the problems with CORBA is that distributed ...
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Does the method of adjustment matter, or just the final calibration?

A company produces software (and hardware) that is used to both perform automatic adjustments on electronic test equipment as well as perform calibrations of the same equipment. The results of the ...
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Difference between bug, defect and flaw [duplicate]

I was reading "Software Security: Building Security In" and in the first chapter I faced with 3 terms: bug, defect and flaw. The author gave a definition for each of them but I couldn't completely ...
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Software attribution / design credits

We just completed developing a web app for a client. And like I usually do, I added developed by "My Company" at the footer at a very small insignificant size. I sent the client an End user license ...
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Subclassing to avoid line length

The standard line length of code is 80 characters per line. This is accepted and followed by the most of programmers. I working on a state machine of a character and is necessary for me follow this ...
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How bad is it to have two methods with the same name but different signatures in two classes?

I have a design problem related to a public interface, the names of methods, and the understanding of my API and code. I have two classes like this: class A: ... function collision(self): ...
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How would I implement a “self-destruct” feature into the free trial version of my software?

There is the ongoing argument of free trial versus a freemium model (that is, a free-for-life version of their software with restricted and/or stripped down features) for allowing potential customers ...
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Is it possible to combine C/C++ with web languages? [duplicate]

I would like to create a web application (meaning that will run from browser). The point is that I want to write just the UI in HTML5 + CSS + JS (or maybe even some PHP). On the other hand, I want to ...
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Well designed Open Source WPF Applications [closed]

I'm just wondering if anyone knows about some well designed .NET Open Source Applications using WPF? I have already tried to search at the usual sites like GitHub and Sourceforge, but I wasn't very ...
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Why softwares used in factories are so poorly designed? [closed]

Why apps like Trumph's suite are so poorly designed and (without seeing the actual source, I can only guess) badly written? This question came this afternoon after a crash while doing a simulation in ...
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How to process components of a matrix that are obtained by singular value decomposition so as to find weightage?

I am writing an application that needs to find weightage of words in a document. For this I am using the principles and techniques of Information retrieval. I programmed to find information about ...
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How do you convince development teams to move to a new version of middleware? [closed]

I'm working on a project to update our (out of support) middleware stack to a stable but supported version. There are several teams with applications running on the version we currently have in ...
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How do I distribute my scientific software with as few dependencies as possible?

As part of my research, I write a lot of Python and MATLAB code that never needs to be distributed to anyone else. Even if I need to distribute my software, Python and MATLAB, both being interpreted, ...
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When is the best time to do self learning in relation with software management?

It all started from here. I have been following Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Best Practices (Microsoft)). The third chapter says that in Software Management: You cannot give too ...
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Is it possible to build software that interprets video in real time? [closed]

Say you had a live video stream of a popular boardwalk that had thousands of pedestrians walk down it each day. Could software be written to count the number of people that walk by a camera and ...
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Solving which bugs will give greatest cost benefit [duplicate]

I wanted to get an idea of categorizing bugs based on how easy is it to solve and how much benefit it will give me. for e.g., if there is a bug which will take say an hour (double file close etc.) to ...
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Migration from a complex C++ application to C# a — good idea?

We currently have a complex VC++ software application, which uses a library like ObjectARX to build the dll. I feel there are many features in C# like Collections, Generics, and other libraries which ...
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How do I explain the importance of NUNIT Test cases to my Colleagues [duplicate]

I am currently working in Software Development for applications including lot of Mathematical Calculations. As a result there are lot of test cases that we need to consider. We donot have any NUNIT ...
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What are some ramifications of open source software turning into closed source software?

If a company takes a permissively licensed open source application and then develops a closed source application from that by reworking extensive parts of the application, adding new features and ...
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Share Mulitple Classes as one dll or a lib with Mulitple Projects

Currently I have some shared class files(.cpp and .h) which I include them in around 20 Projects. Currently I have to include them in all of the projects. So if I get some business requirments and I ...
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Secure an Application/Software by expiration with Date?

I have been working on some software application and I update them every 6 months. Currently, the way I track the date is by extracting the date from the system when the user installs the application, ...
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Solutions for floating point rounding errors

In building an application that deals with a lot of mathematical calculations, I have encountered the problem that certain numbers cause rounding errors. While I understand that floating point is not ...
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terminologies and design/process clarification

I work at a BPO, actually a call center. My bosses saw the html tool I made to help me document customer concerns and steps I made to help them faster and more easy. With that, they made me the ...
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Are you allowed to “copy” the GUI/Features of another application

I'm making a app which is based heavily on another application that serves a similar purpose. I'm not actually planning on selling it, but I'm wondering whether it would even be legal for me to sell ...
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Tex and Absence of bugs [duplicate]

I have been reading a lot lately and I have come across articles in which people make the 'grand' assertions that there are no bugs in the Tex program by donald knuth. Is this in any way possible and ...
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Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
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Increasing User Changes/Requirements in Agile Methodology

My question is quite simple. How to handle a situation where the team is applying agile methodology in software projects and there so many iterations and change in requirements, that the schedule is ...