Source code is any collection of computer instructions (possibly with comments) written using some human-readable computer language, usually as text.

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Bad sign if nobody can comprehend one's code?

If a coder writes code that nobody other than he can understand, and code reviews always end with the reviewer scratching his head or holding their head in their hands, is this a clear sign that the ...
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What is the name/origin for this C code indentation style?

Look at the following code. Specifically, at the formatting of the variable declarations. I haven't encountered this indentation style in the past, but lately I stumbled upon two different code ...
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Return values and exceptions

I wrote simple function that returns a string depending on which condition is TRUE. Here is my code: private String getMyString() { if(!mStrigMember.isEmpty()) { return mStrigMember; ...
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Managing interdependent project reference in solution file

Context for question I am working on a legacy product. That has multiple projects - Class libraries, websites, windows services, web services etc.. I have a single solution file that contains all ...
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Remove Copyright Template Headers from Java Source in IntelliJ [migrated]

IntelliJ adds too many copy right headers I setup IntelliJ to include a licence into source code as a comment into the header. For some reason IntelliJ repeated the copy right statement for several ...
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How would one go about creating a “Licence Key” for a distributable source-available Software project?

This is something I have wondered, it has been a while since I have seen anything you can download which has to connect to license server in order to monetize a piece of software (and the last time I ...
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Structuring a multi-language project?

Let's say I'm working on a project which involves writing code for multiple devices, each in its own language (in particular, Arduino and Python). I want to contain the entire project in a single ...
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Is reading javadoc preferable to reading source code to familiarise yourself with a library?

I just came across the following in a lab manual at university: You do need to study the interfaces of the classes by generating the javadoc for them so you know what operations are provided (feel ...
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Where should I put (wrapper) scripts in my source tree?

I have this software package which installs itself to /usr/local/mypackge, with a bunch of subdirs. In bin/ I have linked code, as ELF executables, in /share/doc I have documents, etc. Now suppose ...
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Is a license header in source-files required?

Reading through the Apache Software License 2.0 appendix I am left unclear what exactly I have to do now: APPENDIX: How to apply the Apache License to your work To apply the Apache License to ...
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C# Running String As Code [closed]

I want to implement an interesting concept into my game in which clients can program certain parts of their AI. I will provide them an unchangeable namespace and class formatting and they will code ...
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How can I encrypt or remove readability of source code before publishing it?

I am working on a collaborative project, for which I have to submit source code, which will be used/embedded in the main repository for re-compilation. Is there any way, I can encrypt the source code ...
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Standard practice to publish and source-control a single file?

I often want to publish some useful standalone script - e.g., a matlab script which converts flac files into wav files. If it were a big project I would immediately place it in Github, however it ...
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Why aren't there code overviews for open-source projects? [closed]

There are very complex open source projects out there, and to some of them I think I could make some contributions, and I wish I could, but the barrier to entry is too high for a single reason: for ...
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PHP Source Code Encryption Concept

Scenario: I'm looking to protect my software that is written in PHP. The nature of PHP is that it is delivered as plain text and therefore cannot be protected by itself. I don't want to install libs ...
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Do we really need auto-vectorization?

I am trying to understand automatic parallelization and a special case of that is auto vectorization. As I understand it auto-vectorization is more or less: The compiler takes parts of the code which ...
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Is it bad to feel guilty using lots of libraries? [duplicate]

So I'm an android programmer,have been programming for about 3 years,but it wasn't until 5 months ago that I started really taking it seriously. Recently I got my first internship,and I'm happy with ...
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How long do I have to provide the source code for a LGPL-library?

In case I would dynamically link to a LGPL-licensed library (in this case Qt) in a commercial application: Which way do I have to provide the library's source code? Is a link to the project homepage ...
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Does code format affect performance?

I think I have came across a few times when I reformat some segment of code, it performed the way I wanted it to other than the other poorly formatted segment of code? Does code format affect ...
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How to Safely Sell Source Code?

I'm a seller with a prospective buyer for some of my source code. I'd like to structure the transaction so as to protect each of our interests, but there's one aspect that I haven't been able to ...
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Do you maintain your own utilitiy library [duplicate]

So, i've started working as a freelancer and therefore find myself copy/pasting util methods from one class to another. Not good to say the least. I do this on my mobile frontend dev and backend ...
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Do I have to make source code open, if I use GPLv2 licensed software to derive data

I'm working on a calendar project, on my own. In this project I've to use Swiss Ephemeris. It is licensed under GPLv2 and commercial. With commercial version of license, developers entitled to ...
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When does one hard-code actual data values into the code as opposed to using a DB?

A long-standing question for me has been: when do I store data (actual values) in a database table, and when do I store them right in the code? The untold consensus (*) has typically been as such: ...
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Freelancer websites and share source code with staff [closed]

How safe is sending project files via popular freelance websites? For example their staff/admins has unlimited access to tons of very valuable sources, what's the sense then to upload there something ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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Pitfalls of combining dependant traits and exceptions in same file as interface in php

What are the potential pitfalls of combining related class like objects (interfaces, traits, custom exceptions) in the same source file? For code reuse and only loading what I need I always separate ...
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Setting permissions issue for admins and lower users in project

I am working in a jsp project an got stuck in a big problem. My project consist of accounts table for super admin, reseller, admin and users for executives and manager mapped in the account ...
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Is having some logic in source code in order to perform some tests a good practice?

The question is not about changing the method/function visibility or extract local variable into instance variable in order to perform unit tests. There are cases where we could include some logic ...
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Alias variable vs multiple use of getter

Would you rather: $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($currency); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->persist($user); $this->getDoctrine()->getManager()->flush(); ...
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How to do documentation for code and why is software (often) poorly documented?

There are some good examples of well-documented code out there, such as java api. But, a lot of code in public projects such as git and internal projects of companies is poorly documented and not very ...
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How many mistakes does a good software developer make? [closed]

I am currently in a situation where a lot of people criticized me for making bugs (on my first local try - the first time I run the code for the first locally done test - , not on a committed repo ...
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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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Mechanics of reasoning during programming interviews [closed]

This is not the usual "I don't want to write code during an interview", in this question the assumption is that I need to write code during an interview (think about the level of rewriting the ...
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How does an optimizing compiler react to a program with nested loops?

Say you have a bunch of nested loops. public void testMethod() { for(int i = 0; i<1203; i++){ //some computation for(int k=2; k<123; k++){ ...
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Checking program robustness using static code analysis

(Building on this question) If you have a static code analyser such as Checkstyle, is it possible to to relate any of the stuff that it checks for to actual robustness? Some of the things that ...
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Sharing source code of my online game?

So one of my long-standing projects is an online fan-game that's been running for a good four years now, and is at least somewhat well-known among the related community. To give you an idea, Alexa ...
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Strategy for maintaining offline repository safely using git [closed]

I use git for versioning. Just yesterday I was working on refactoring my Python code base. After adding a test I found that I had introduced a bug in one of project euler solutions. So I checked out a ...
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How to secure a Django application's source code? [duplicate]

I have developed a Django application for a company. Now I am about to ship it to my customer. After reading through online articles and books, I understood that securing the source code of any web ...
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How to choose between different open-source libraries? [closed]

Recently, I found multiple GitHub repositories that would allow me to perform the same task. (In my case, assess the readability of text strings.) It made me wonder, what are the best practices for ...
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Familiarize with unknown source code [duplicate]

I have to continue feature development, issue fixing of a halfway completed code base. There is a no documentation, all developers had left the company. The technology stack is somewhat familiar to ...
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Java's Boolean class - why not an enum?

It seems to me that the Boolean class is an ideal candidate to be implemented as an enum. Looking at the source code, most of the class is static methods which could be moved unchanged to an enum, ...
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PHP Code base design: Single “queries.php” file, or spread queries across different php files/classes?

When I create PHP projects, is it better to put all database (e.g. MySql) queries in a single file (i.e. "queries.php")? Or is it better to place the respective queries in any "model" classes (i.e. ...
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Most of programmer work deals with mapping? [closed]

During all my work I've been working with ORM, WS, integration services, viewmodel and so on. The common stuff in all these kind of work is that I had to make mappings and not always the available ...
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How do I handle merging code that hasn't been merged in ~3 years in an agile manner? [closed]

Our team has recently adopted agile practices and most of the team is new to agile. In our product, we use some code developed by another team and only they maintain that code. For the last 4-5 ...
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How to locate source code that implemented a certain feature?

I was wondering what are some techniques to locate which code implemented a specific feature, on a desktop application. I am a junior developer, with only professional programming experience lying ...
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Where to keep track of batch editing scripts?

It is sometime useful to write a script to perform a batch editing on several files in a source tree. Such a script is usually very specific and used only once. Such scripts can be used to rework ...
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How do I properly add a reference from my Github project to someone elses in VS2013 on Windows 8?

I need to reference the latest version of Bouncy Castle in a project I intend to publish to Github. In my first posting of the code to Github, someone complained that I downloaded the entire Bouncy ...
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Good idea to put bug numbers in a comment in the beginning of the source file? [closed]

Is it a good practice to put bug numbers in the file itself inside a header comment? The comments would look something like this: MODIFIED (MM/DD/YY) abc 01/21/14 - Bug 17452317 - npe in drill ...
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Where should I start reading AngularJS's source code?

After reading this article I realized that I really didn't read any "serious" source code during my 3-years as a professional developer. Recently I started a new web-project which makes heavy use of ...
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Is virtual machine image a good protection for source code?

We have developed an application that is sold as an online service. After some time we realized that some of customers would need/prefer/require to have it installed locally on their intranet. However ...