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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Hyperlinked, externalized source code documentation

Why do we still embed natural language descriptions of source code (i.e., the reason why a line of code was written) within the source code, rather than as a separate document? Given the expansive ...
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“Open source” proprietary software licenses? [closed]

I am writing some software that (for once - usually I open source stuff on sourceforge/github/etc.) I plan on selling. To each source file, I want to attach a proprietary software license that doesn't ...
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Multi-Thread Return Single SQL Result

I am having some difficulty with MySQL and returning a unique row to a thread. I want it so the thread will search for a row from the table where the bit (see below) is false and only one row is ...
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What is beautiful code? [closed]

I often read that developers must write beautiful code, but for a beginner as I am it remains obscure of what is beautiful code and how do you recognize it? The corollary question is: How to write ...
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How do you put a price on your source code? [closed]

I was asked to sell the source code (along with existing users) of small utility app I created years ago. I've investigated how to put a price on the source code but so far haven't come up with a good ...
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Why do we not prefix Enums, Abstract classes and Structs?

The C# community has so ubiquitously used the "I" prefix to denote an interface that even the most inexperienced programmers know to use it. Why is it then that we do not prefix enums, abstract ...
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Big project layout : adding new feature on multiple sub-projects

I want to know how to manage a big project with many components with version control management system. In my current project there are 4 major parts. Web Server Admin console Platform. The web ...
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In general, is it ethical to make a copy of work source code and take it home as reference? [duplicate]

Is it ethical to make a copy of my work's source code, for the sole purpose of my own reference? By reference, I mean as reference where I can refer to it about how I (and my teammates) implemented ...
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Is there a unified source code documentation generator? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a client's project that involves programming in multiple languages. It has gotten to the point where the amount of source code for each language has grown to such a large ...
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What exactly makes code “clean”? [duplicate]

I am an intern at a small software company, doing typical grunt work. Many tasks that the actual developers are doing are above my head however I finally got to see some real "action" and write some ...
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Source code of jar.exe - is it available

This may seem an odd question, but I want to create an executable which runs under Windows written in C++. The program needs to be able to update a jar file even if Java is not installed on the ...
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How to find method and class usages along git repositories

We got some code in a git repository that's used along different projects (with git different repositories), the problem is that we got now so many different projects that's difficult to track which ...
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Updating copyright headers each new year just because Jan 1st has passed? [duplicate]

I've seen some projects that - with each new year - start to change all files in their source-tree to update the copyright year. Isn't this just pushing hot air on a level of magnitude? AFAIK: ...
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What is a good license for community submissions to commercial partially closed source software?

I am maintaining a small code base that I am considering selling– but I want to allow developers that use it to submit code for addition to the trunk. This way they can extend the framework and the ...
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Prevent code from getting mess [duplicate]

I am a student and a freelance programmer. These days I am developing a software in VB6 which has recently crossed 100KB of source code. The main problem, I face is, many times I have to refactor my ...
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Is there a name for being able to quickly find the relevant code? [closed]

I notice that a property of codebases that I like hacking on is that it's quick to find the relevant code for some feature, without knowing much about the code base at all. For example, searching for ...
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Does Text Editor Sign The Files? [closed]

As images have EXIF data which provide info about where and how they are created, do any Text Editors append such kind of descriptive details to code files? For example I use Coda for my programming ...
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Time required to start coding at a new company [closed]

I am a software engineer for 4 years, and I just changed my company for the first time. Company works with pair programming, and it's been 3 days, I couldn't even write a single line of code. It's so ...
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Licensing: source code vs. production code in JavaScript

For commercial and licensing purposes, what is the correct wording for differentiating JavaScript source code (written by the programmer and including comments) from the minified version used in ...
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Big project with many external libraries - source code organisation

I was wondering what is the best way to organize my source code. I was researching on SO and found http://stackoverflow.com/a/1398594/137261 but this source code layout is library specific and doesn't ...
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Beta-testing app good practice [duplicate]

I have just released an iOS app for beta-testing with TestFlight. I'm wondering what is good practice during beta-testing? Should I halt development of the app during beta-testing? Should I ...
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Is Googling every code a bad practice? [duplicate]

I just came from an interview in which they asked me several questions about programming and problem solving. Regarding the programming questions, I asked them to let me Google so I can see the code ...
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Source control system for binary files [closed]

At work we have a legacy system written in Visual FoxPRO. Everything in foxpro is a table, even forms, so basically if you open a form file with a text editor you don't learn much. Does anyone know ...
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How can I become better on explaining the code to other developers? [closed]

While the question itself might sounds silly, the answer is quite important to me, as I feel that issue is negatively affecting my work performance. A bit of the background here: I am a seasoned ...
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Customer ask firmware source file

Recently my company was asked by a customer to develop a control board that includes firmware and PCB layout development. After finishing development the customer will buy the control boards at ...
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Running pieces of code distributed through out the system, automatically

I have pieces of code, written in java, which I can convert in jar and run from the terminal. I also have some node.js script, which I would like to run before running these jar files. So the ...
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How can I present some printed Visual Basic source code in an aesthetically pleasing manner?

Right now I'm interning at a major engineering company. I'll be leaving in a few months though, so my project manager has requested a print out of my source code for a VBA project I've been working ...
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What tools or techniques are useful for describing an unfamiliar codebase? [closed]

When manually inspecting unfamiliar code (to review or modify), I seem to have three options. A top-down read of the code, choosing each next source file by how fundamental the filename seems. I ...
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Would you refactor this and if so, would you charge your client?

I am working on a freelance job at home. The client wants me to write some new functionality for his CMS, but it is taking me a lot of time to figure out what the code is doing, because it is written ...
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Tried teaching myself to program before college, accidently overwhelmed myself, tips? [closed]

I'm sixteen, I'm overly interested in programming, and I'm currently taking IT classes during my mornings in high school. Last year, I tried teaching myself to code. It was quite exciting, but all I ...
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Does studying other people's programs help in self growth? [closed]

Should I be studying big softwares written by other people in our company? My work may be a small sub module on the top of that software, and I may not be required to know what goes beneath the hood, ...
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How to show code samples in an interview? [closed]

There have been questions similar to this, but my question is HOW exactly do you showcase your code when going to an interview? Do you show screenshots, or do you bring the actual code? Do you take ...
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Distinguishing repetitive code with the same implementation

Given this sample code import java.util.ArrayList; import blackjack.model.items.Card; public class BlackJackPlayer extends Player { private double bet; private Hand hand01 = new Hand(); ...
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How to prevent code from leaking outside work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage a Closed Source High-Risk Project? I'm working on an institution that has a really strong sense of "possession" - each line of software we write should be ...
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When does 'optimizing code' == 'structuring data'?

A recent article by ycombinator lists a comment with principles of a great programmer. #7. Good programmer: I optimize code. Better programmer: I structure data. Best programmer: What's the ...
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How do I parse a header with two different version [ID3] avoiding code duplication?

I really hope you can give me some interesting viewpoints for my situation, because I am not satisfied with my current approach. I am writing an MP3 parser, starting with an ID3v2 parser. Right now ...
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Code bases for desktop and mobile versions of the same app

I have written a small Java Swing desktop application. It seems like a natural step to port it to Android since I am interested in learning how to program for that platform. I believe that I can reuse ...
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Are CK Metrics still considered useful? Is there an open source tool to help?

Chidamber & Kemerer proposed several metrics for object oriented code. Among them, depth of inheritance tree, weighted number of methods, number of member functions, number of children, and ...
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How much should I rely on Visual Studio's Auto Generated Code?

I'm reading about ASP.NET (VB.NET) and I want to built my professionally website. I'm wondering though; I'm still using the basics so I'm really just a novice, but how much should I rely on Visual ...
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How much more should I charge for freelance project source code? [closed]

Currently I'm working as a freelancer, and for the first time a faced a client who wants the source code too. This client owns a software development company, and wants to have rights over the source ...
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Can my company give IP rights away for an application I wrote off hours to another startup? [closed]

I am an intern for a health company (unpaid), let's call it Company A and I noticed that they are using a lot of paper form for things that can be done on the computer. Excel files for things that ...
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Semi-intelligent “diff” utility

Part of the QA steps required for a project I am tangentially involved with require the person who is responsible to integrate new version of source file to first calculate how many lines have been ...
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Why is using System.out.println() so bad? [closed]

Of course, it is very good use to use a logging framework for the error messages or warnings. But sometimes I use System.out.println() if I want to try something new in a short time. Is it really so ...
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Practices for navigating and changing “long” code files?

Many a times I have to deal with code files which are quite long - about 5 screen pages at the minimum. Almost always there is something towards the top/bottom that I need to refer when I'm at the ...
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Does “Property” in C# cost much?

I have a class created in some namespace, like SomeNameSpace.SubNameSpace.StaticClassName Here is a code snippet from other code file where I want to use this class many more times, so I created a ...
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Is there something wrong with how we're doing version control?

I work with a team of programmers as the business analyst. We just released version 2.0 of our product and are working on the next version to be released in 3 months (it's an internal software ...
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Who owns the code, who owns the algorithm, who owns the idea?

This question got me thinking what products of the programming effort belong to the employer, and what don't. The two extremes are (0) the code - it apparently belongs to the employer and (1) the ...
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Should my source code be in UTF-8?

I feel that often you don't really choose what format your code is in. I mean most of my tools in the past have decided for me. Or I haven't really even thought about it. I was using TextPad on ...
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How can I speed up the process of typing up specification during a meeting with developers? [closed]

I'm studying source code with other developers, and my job is to type up the specifications as the lead programmer describes what each function does. Are there any tips/tricks to doing this faster? a ...
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Where do you turn for code base improvement on a multi-project scale? [closed]

Are there resources out there for a programmer with a large code base to have professional alalysis performed for the goal of finding the areas of most needed improvement? Logic/Reason tells me ...