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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Effectiveness of developers working from home [on hold]

How effective is a developer working from home, either freelancing or as a full time employee vs that same developer working in the office? Also crucially, Do managers also believe your answer! ie. ...
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Using AGPL v3 software in an enterprise deployment

An enterprise utilizes the source code of a network software product licensed under the AGPL v3. It modifies the source code but does not share the changes with the original developer and copyright ...
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Exploratory Development vs Incremental Development

In Software Engineering Methodologies... The Evolutionary Development contains Exploratory & Prototyping... Is Exploratory Development same as Incremental Development... What do you mean by ...
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Is it possible to reach absolute zero bug state for large scale software?

I am talking about 20-30+ millions lines of code, software at the scale and complexity of Autodesk Maya for example. If you freeze the development as long as it needs to be, can you actually fix all ...
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Would using an answer from any question and answer site in my source code be considered plagiarism?

case 1: Sometimes I cannot figure out how to make things to work like in this question,Sending drive names to the combo box. In this case I know how to add items to a combo box as well as about ...
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How do you address the problem of dealing with an external service that stores your data and you want to keep in sync?

I'm integrating an enterprise application with an existing pattern. The main problem is how to synchronize data between my system and an external system through RPC (HTTP API calls to be precise). ...
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Differences between the terms Modules, Plugins, Extensions

While developing software, certain parts of my applications are not planned to be necessarily deployed with the main software. And they need to be named correctly. Now I understand apparently there ...
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Should we include 3rd party open source licenses if only copying syntax?

We're working on a commercial software product that uses partial syntax from 3rd party open source alternatives but none of the code from these. For example, the open source alternative have a static ...
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Should I re-write VB6 Code to Java [closed]

I work at a mid-sized company where an update is needed to an piece of the application due to an addition to the environment. The part that needs updated has been in place for 13 years, is fairly ...
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MVC as a subset of client-server architecture?

Can we say that MVC is subsystem (or subset, sub-architecture) of client-server architecture?
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What is actually a module in software engineering? [closed]

According to Stephen Schach, “Classical and Object Oriented Software Engineering”, chapter 6 a module consists a single block of code that can be invoked in the way that a procedure, function, or ...
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What's the equation to use for finding availability in software architecture?

I was trying to solve the following question in software architecture. A software system crashed 20 times in an year and for each crash, it takes 2 minutes to restart. Calculate availability in ...
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Inferring system configuration using the existence of a file? any good?

This is a generic question about the idea of inferring some of the system configurations from the existence of a file or the lacking of it. For example, we have a module of the system which is ...
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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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How can a software code be made modifiable without being visible to the end user?

I wish to supply a software product with GUI, etc. for operating it. And the software utility is research so the users will want to tweak it to some extent and implement their own preferred algorithms ...
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Software Architecture: CQRS and port modeling

I have a PersonComponent, which an internal implementation is based on CQRS pattern. So which one is better way to model ports (and their interfaces): I'm not totally sure that how high or low -...
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Solving which bugs will give greatest cost benefit [closed]

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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Do I have to use GPL for my linux application? If yes, how not to legally?

I've written a linux application that interfaces with a lot of GPL software. My application is written in javascript/HTML/CSS/python and uses MariaDB on a CentOS 7 platform (it also uses jquery and a ...
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Does algorithm design belong to software engineering? [closed]

In academic meaning, it seems to me that algorithm design is studied in a high/abstract level of computation (computability, complexity), although software engineering is also studied in high/...
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Single tracking algorithm for many carriers [closed]

When it comes to tracking packages from a multitude of carriers, is it possible to wrap a globally accepted way of pulling tacking status or must I write support for each carrier we deal with? I have ...
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Why doing everything with one software project is wrong? [closed]

I am newly employed by a company. After a couple of weeks, I have heard lots of time that there is a huge project which most of the programmers are working on it. They call it something like Managing ...
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Should my application's README be for developers or users

My application is meant to be used by regular everyday users, but may also me modified freely by developers. These two audiences (users and developers) require different information. Should my README ...
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How to write tests that make sense for visualization software?

I have a fairly large piece of software which takes certain file types and visualizes them / creates a host of buttons for manipulation of the image plotted. I feel like I'm finding bugs / pieces of ...
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Is there an established software taxonomy that's based on the type of software?

I'm researching engineering approaches to software development based on the type of software, for example: Custom one-off software (e.g. space shuttle software) Whitebox application requiring ...
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Binding software to one PC [closed]

I have generated a .exe of a Python script. I wish to give this software as a demo version to few of clients. For the same I want to bind the software to a particular PC. i.e. If I install the ...
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What does this software do when it says “white labeled routing”?

I am reading about a start-up company that works with online surveys: Fulcrum is the world’s first complete project management suite to give clients the power to seamlessly integrate multiple ...
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Accusing closed source of using open source?

I might be missing something obvious, but how can an open source community accuse a closed source developer of copyright/license infringement? That is, if a piece of closed source software used open ...
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Git Workflow for BDD?

Recently I was working with Behavior Driven Development approach in Rails using RSpec and Capybara. Everything looks okay and it even can speed up whole planning-development bridge in my work (by ...
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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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How to implement software for my vehicle [closed]

I'm developing a Driver Safety Monitoring System which is kind of small software which would be implemented inside a car with connections to few cameras. What I want to know is to implement this ...
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How can I convince my manager to contribute back to the open source community? [closed]

I'm currently working within a large corporation that has a department specifically for open source development. The idea being, someone comes to us with a project, and we develop solutions based on ...
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How to sell DRY architecture [duplicate]

I'm sure most are familiar with the phrase DRY in the software world - Don't Repeat Yourself. This is a fundamental principle of good software development. Here is a question (background first). ...
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When, if ever, should I draw the use-case diagram of the existing system?

When I want to design a software I usually think about the use-cases of my software, but I have heard some sort of analyzing the existing (non-automated) system is required. To be specific, is ...
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How to add cases to large legacy code base project? [duplicate]

There is a legacy project full of C++ code. As a MFC GUI project, it contains lots of businesses logic out of control and beyond average level programmer to understand. To work on such GUI project, is ...
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Difference between the actors in the existing (non-automated) and the new (automated) system [closed]

I guess two main use-case diagrams in building an automated system (Software) from a non-automated system are: Analysis of the existing system by a use-case diagram. Mapping the current use-cases ...
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How do you learn a language without actual tools? [closed]

I will bring a concrete case here. I have a project involving Sketch and Arduino. Since I was they only guy willing in the group, I had to take the Sketch part. The problem is that our informatics ...
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What is the difference between implementation and realization in Mythical Man Month?

In Fred Brook's Mythical Man Month chapter 4 (Aristocracy, Democracy, and System Design) page 49, he says: As Blaauw points out, the total creative effort involves three distinct phase: ...
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How can I create my own software license? [closed]

I have seen numerous licenses for any kind of software such as the GNU GPL, BSD License, MIT License, and LGPL. What is the process for creating a new software license, such as "John Doe's generic ...
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Software Design: Generating Documents Of Different Formats and Different Layouts

I am currently prototyping a piece software which must be able to generate different types of documents in different file formats. The document could be a letter, or a receipt, for example, requested ...
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Is there a stronger stress on management than on technical education in recent years? [closed]

In my working environment, over the past few years I have observed an increasing stress on developer management and self-management over technical education. For example, at work I hear lots of ...
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Broadcasting - Listening to replies

We use JS by the way, but I think it's language agnostic. I'm open to ideas. We have this "pub-sub" framework that we use at work to fix the problem of tightly-coupled code. Works fine. Modules ...
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What is the term (“metric”) for the degree of unstructuredness due to many changes? [closed]

Is there a specific term (name of a "metric") that represents the growing level of unstructuredness (or just plain badness) of a s/w component that is caused by too many changes, by too many people, ...
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Common Methods for communication between Offline Software and Web Application?

The purpose/s of this question is to discover what are some of the most reliable methods of achieving communication between existing offline software and a web application. (Example) Scenario: A ...
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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 is the origin of the negative term “legacy code”

Everyone talks about legacy code in software development and I have heard the term over the last ten years used to paint any codebase as being bad. Where did this term, which has such powerful ...
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How is the system software stored in Computer? [closed]

We usually have a lot of system software inside our PC's like Operating Systems (which contains different interrupt handlers etc.), Assemblers and Compilers, Drivers. My question is how do we store ...
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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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Requesting Advice Regarding Storing Encryption Keys

I am using HMAC to hash some data before inserting it in a database and currently I have my key as a static field. Just wondering what the best practice regarding storing the key would be. Is having ...
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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 ...
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Is it customary for software companies to forbid code authors from taking credit for their work? do code authors have a say? [closed]

The company I work for has decided that the source code for a set of tools they make available to customers is also going to be made available to those customers. Since I am the author of that source ...