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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As a software developer, what are some good resources to know what is new in technology and development? [on hold]

What are some good resources that software architects and developers use to keep themselves abreast of the new tools, technologies , frameworks etc? Example how did the early adopters of NoSQL ...
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Can anyone please suggest me with a unique idea for a new software [on hold]

I am working on a new product that is to be developed for my company i need ideas for the software product that what industry should i target and what problem should i look to solve for that industry ...
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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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What is the best way to protect highly sensitive algorithms in my code? [closed]

I develop software for day traders and institutional investors. Some of their algorithms are highly sensitive, but they still want to sell these programs to different customers. The programs ...
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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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Any library or dll to use to give a free lancers project from clients who accept your work but not pay [closed]

I've been thinking about getting into the free lance field (using sites like guru.com or freelance.com). Something I see in the FAQ's is that there's been numerous instances where the client got an ...
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What does “Increment” in Agile software development mean?

I am reading book "Software Requirements" by Karl Wiegers. And here are such sentence "Project teams that build products incrementally by following an agile development process also need to ...
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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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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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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?

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 ...
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I want to sell my software along with it's source code. Is there a licence restricts anything but in-house changes? [closed]

Is there a license that: Allows the client to make in-house changes to the tool/source code if need be. Prohibits to redistribute the source code outside the company. Prohibits to sell derivative ...
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Are small amounts of functional programming understandable by non-FP people?

Case: I'm working at a company, writing an application in Python that is handling a lot of data in arrays. I'm the only developer of this program at the moment, but it will probably be ...
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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 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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Are there any standards for preparing a user manual of electronic device? [closed]

Are there any standards for preparing a user manual of electronic device? I am trying to prepare a manual for a device. However, I could not find any format. If I find, I will take this as guide for ...
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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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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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What is actually a module in software engineering? [closed]

As the definition "a module consists a single block of code that can be invoked in the way that a procedure, function, or method is invoked", the definition seems very vague and broad. So could anyone ...
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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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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 ...