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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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 ...
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Classes and library archive [duplicate]

We are a group of 5 developers(scientists end engineers) that write code in C++. What we would like to do is to make all the code available to all the developers easily. The first step in this process ...
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What can go wrong with composing a method name out of a string?

I have a piece of code that composes method name to call from a string parameter. I don't feel it's a good thing to do but I'm not sure what can go wrong with this. Here is a simplified snippet of ...
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Source code vs source files? [closed]

I'm in a situation with my company where this may be an important distinction. Is there any distinction between "source code" and "source files" in a technical context? Is there any distinction ...
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File with Apache 2.0 and my modifications

I read the original text of Apache License, Version 2.0 and the explanation in plain English. OK, I copy a class distributed by The Best Company in the World, their license, and modify the code a ...
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How to present code in academic work?

Actually, I'm writing my undergrad thesis, that consists in analysing the BitTorrent algorithm and see its application on Transmission client as an example of implementation. Reading through its ...
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Code structure for multiple applications with a common core

I want to create two applications that will have a lot of common functionality. Basically, one system is a more advanced version of the other system. Let's call them Simple and Advanced. The Advanced ...
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How small is the footprint of a small C compiler?

This week I could optimize using a reduced C library that allowed a drastic shrinkage in code size - from about 60 K to about 6 K and then we could load the code in the 8 K on-chip memory of an FPGA ...
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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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Source code “prints” at release

Is there a best practice for how to document the source code you're releasing? Currently, we have a table of the versions of the software, what SVN tag it's labeled as, what SVN rev that tag was ...
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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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Should we be looking out for lying code?

This is referring to a discussion in an answer and the comments of this question: What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?. The answer claimed that "code can't lie" and thus ...
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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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Equating multiple new variables with an old one

Sometimes I run into a situation where I need to equate two new variables with an old one. Which of the following (if any) is a good practice (w.r.t. code readability or any other factor), under what ...
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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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Summarize changes (insertions and deletions) in Git

I want to look at how my code base has grown over time. GitHub has a nice +/- display along the list of checkins which gives a sense of this. Is there something similar I can use with my Google Code ...
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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?

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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Are there any reasons not to accept a software deliverable as a virtual machine?

This is a question about logistics, not a technical question. My company has outsourced some embedded software work. Specifically, we have payed a contractor to develop an embedded system for us ...
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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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Can commented-out code be valuable documentation?

I wrote the following code: if (boutique == null) { boutique = new Boutique(); boutique.setSite(site); boutique.setUrlLogo(CmsProperties.URL_FLUX_BOUTIQUE+fluxBoutique.getLogo()); ...
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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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How to refer to specific areas of code in documentation?

I'm about to leave a project, and before I go my boss has asked for me to document code (I've not documented very well). It's not a big deal, the project is not terribly complex. But I'm finding ...
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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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Question regarding code readability

I would like to know, is it considered a common practice to use constructions like |=, &&, ||, != altogether in the single line of code? E.g. hasErrors |= vi2!=null && ...
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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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Is there any open source code analyzer for java which I can adopt my software metrics algorithm on it? [closed]

I am doing my masters dissertation and I have conducted a software metrics. I need to adopt my metrics on an open source tool. I have found PMD and check style on sourceforge.net but there is not ...
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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 ...