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How to identify modules in a software [on hold]

I'm developing an ecommerce system for my final year. But my supervisor told me to come up with modules of the system before starting technical solution. But i can't find a way to write modules for ...
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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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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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How do you learn a language without actual tools?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Determine Programming Language Used for Project Based on Source Code

Is there an easy way to determine which programming languages were used in a project assuming you have access to the source code? I have been programming for quite some time, so I can recognize most ...
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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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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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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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Why do browsers these days ship with dev tools [closed]

I just read a question asking how Facebook blocks console-based script attacks. The reason for this block was to prevent a recently famous "hack" where one would trick a user to inject a malicious ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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 ...