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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OSS - GPL v3 plugins in non-copyleft codebase.

I've been working on software to modify a game's resource files, and I'm planning on releasing it in open source. I'm perfectly fine with releasing my code under gpl v3. However, I'm afraid that ...
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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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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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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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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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Who gives out the awards to “Award-Winning Software”? [closed]

Time and time again, I've seen companies advertise their software by saying things like "Award Winning Software" or "Download our Award-Winning Android App", etc. Who is giving out these "awards"? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Architecture - From design to sucessful implementation

As the subject goes; once a software architect puts down the high level design and approach to a software that is to be developed from scratch, how does the team ensure that it is implemented ...
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GUI advice for a responsive touchscreen

I am tasked with building a piece of software that interfaces with a MySQL database, in order to allow the user to pick songs to play and que using a touch screen, and then they are shown ...
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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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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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How is a Test Case different from a Test plan [on hold]

I'm getting started on Quality Assurance and I'm somewhat confused about the difference between a Test Case and a Test Plan. Is it possible to create a Test Case even before writing a single line of ...
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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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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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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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Will this referral code scheme work? [closed]

I'm thinking of implementing the following referral code scheme to sell my software: Anybody can obtain a referral code. They just provide an email and I send them the code. With that they can ...
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How can software support issues recorded by the Technical support team help in improving your code? [closed]

I am trying to research and analyze the technical support issues that are recorded by our technical support team for my project. The purpose is to understand the issues in the current code ...
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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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Why XML is meant to be Software and Hardware independent?

While studying the features of XML, I got to know that XML is software and hardware independent. Can anyone explain me why it is meant like that?
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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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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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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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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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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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Software design guidance - Local and Global Nhibernate session in Orchard

I'm trying to find a better approach with my design for some software that works with Orchard CMS framework and NHibernate sessions. The code below serves the purpose for a single session per HTTP ...
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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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Mobile application: What should be the server authentication strategies?

I am developing an mobile application for the first time and have some confusions around it What I plan to do? The iPhone application will have Sign in with Google where user will authenticate on ...
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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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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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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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Framework for Everything - Where to begin? [Longer post] [closed]

Back story of this question, feel free to skip down for the specific question Hello, I've been very interested in the idea of abstract programming the last few years. I've made about 30 attempts at ...
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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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What specifications in software development are relevant to the clients? [closed]

Say your company develops software, and a client wants you to handle their development. It just so happens, that they have their own IT-team, but it is fully tied up, so they outsource to you. The ...
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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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Doing trial-ware for another business [duplicate]

I am doing a trial-ware for another business. It is supposed to run for 30 days so that they can check out my IP. They will run it about 20 000 times, each time analysing a picture to see the results. ...
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Do you use Mathematica during the software development process? [closed]

I'm curious whether Mathematica could help me in software development or not. Do you use it for that, and for what? For instance, do you use it to analyze algorithms, or to do something else? I will ...
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How to Convert HTML to PDF Using PHP? [closed]

PDF or Portable Document Format is a popular file type that is often used for online documents. It's great for distributing downloadable written content, and is frequently used by governments and ...
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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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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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Social media analytics platform [on hold]

I manage social media accounts for several people. My expertise with social media comes with the creation of actual content and not having any real ability in programming or software. The management ...
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Weird problem while installing Adobe After Effects CS 4. Help me! [closed]

I am trying to install the Adobe Creative Suite 4. Every thing works fine except the installation of After Effects and Illustrator. The problem is that I can't even select (check) the After Effects ...
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Initiating to Implement a New Idea [closed]

I have a new idea, which I think in a way would work well, I have been working as a Java Developer since past few years, I also have a good knowledge on design patterns and data structures which are ...
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Intellectual property on software: how does it work? [closed]

I've developed software (web development) and before launching it I'd like to know how exactly can I keep this in my name and rights and avoid further mimics of the idea, just like in a regular ...
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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 ?