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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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 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 ...
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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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Programming task organization

My friend and I decided to create a large programming project together. Before that, I have never worked in a pair (I had quite many projects on my own and at work the boss defined the task for me). ...
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Is a grid or p2p architecture a subset of a broker architecture?

Is a grid or p2p architecture a subset of a broker architecture? what are the key features that make these similar or distinct?
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Preferrable Method to record Documentation

As any taught Software Engineer knows how important Documentation for good software projects is. Could you show me best practices for assure good documentation beside of JavaDoc comments? In my ...
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What's the formal name of this diagram?

I'd also want to know how can I draw them.
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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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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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Extreme Programming practices make an application more error prone? [closed]

I am conducting academic research on the topic of Extreme Programming and whether its practices lead to creating space for more errors and bugs in applications. From the experiences I gathered from ...
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Should a Biotech company invest in developing its own software? [closed]

Working in a Biotech company, there are many opportunities for automating the processing of information. There are also many software solutions e.g. LIM systems, ELN's etc. to fit those specific ...
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What guidelines should I follow while designing a library?

I am working on a Arduino project using the Uno. The project contains a significant amount of code. I would like to create a library and I may even share it later on. What guidelines should I follow ...
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Does a developer really have to know build tools, classpath etc? [duplicate]

When IDEs like eclipse can handle all the maven, ant, classpath etc related tasks, does a developer really need to learn all these things ? If yes, then why ?
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Evaluating the complete revision of other's software

I'm having some difficulty to evaluate the revision of a software: the software was paid by customer years ago, never used, and now the customer have noticed that it doesn't work as expected. Now ...
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How do you schedule software updates, major releases, milestones (what is this?)

What are the common terminology used to schedule software update and support. For example, I really have no clue how releases and updates differ, how often are updates released (not everyday I hope)? ...
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Can I continue to sell a tool/library I wrote in the past now that I got a full-time job or company will not like it?

I was selling a library/framework/tool to companies. Licensing the binaries. Now I got a full-time-job. Haven't started yet, but will start soon. And I just got a request for quote from a company in ...
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Software failure due to maintenance oversights example/case study

I'm doing some investigation into the role of maintenance in software development and the use of metrics within the development cycle. What I am asking is for a point in the right direction or ...
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How much attention should be paid to patents when developing software?

Let's say I want to develop an image editing program similar to Photoshop. Is it likely that certain interface patterns and approaches are patented and I can get sued if I use them in my program as ...
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Copyright/General Law for Publishing Online Software

I'm planning on releasing a program I made, but I'm not sure exactly how to ensure people don't just steal it. The price point is $1, but I'm not selling it through an "app store" or anything so I ...
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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How many different configurations are used for software tests? [closed]

This article shows that for Android apps, software developers use between 30 and 50 different devices for compatibility tests. I tried to find information about tests of applications on "classic" ...
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How is the Trial Period for Softwares generally implemented?

I was always under the assumption that trial softwares write a registry value of the installation date and then the software makes a comparison of the current date of the system with the remaining ...
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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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Problem Understanding the IEEE definition of Software Engineering

Background Software engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these ...
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Is “frontend” generic term or it is used only in web design?

When I read about frontends, it always mentiones webpages. Can it be used in different contexts, e.g. desktop applications?
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Is software design important to programmers? [closed]

I am studying software engineering, just finished the requirements course and going for more. I don't know how important software design is (in real world and actual projects) in later SDLC phases. ...
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Static Tables vs Dynamic Entity Attributes Storage Configurations

I am trying to figure out a better way to decide table storage configurations whether it will use static configurations using tables or dynamic configurations using EAV (entity-attribute-value) When ...
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As a software architect, am I supposed to focus that much on analysing the logs and fixing other's bugs?

Since my graduation (late 2005) I was working for the same company as a c++ software engineer. A year ago I was promoted as a software architect but I have found myself involved more and more in ...
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Why isn't Japanese software industry as strong as their hardware technology? [closed]

I admire Japanese technology and their innovation. They always seem to be one step ahead of everyone else. But why isn't their software industry just as developed? Why aren't there any Japanese ...
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When do you typically write a software module yourself vs. buying an existing product?

I'm trying to find out your decision rationale of when to do what. Would be great to learn from you. I'm happy to provide more context, but I want to make it general for now.
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Is there an open source license with proprietairy-like terms?

Is there any license meeting the following criteria: source code available (users allowed to browse the source) users are allowed to modify the code with credits to the original author not allowed ...
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Commercial product using a GPL OS

we are planning to create a commercial product. The product consists of some MCUs and a small computer (we are developing on a Raspberry Pi at the moment). The computer needs an operating system as ...
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Rewriting software using Agile methodologies

Suppose you have to rewrite an entire application using Agile methodologies, how would you do it? I guess you could write a big bunch of user stories based in the behavior of your current system. And ...
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Steps to create a solution for a problem

I am a trainee. According to my teacher to solve a problem we should go through following steps: Create Algorithm (optional) Create a Datatable: By analyzing the problem, create main concepts in ...