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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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(*): If ...
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How to handle a project in git with the same code but different templates?

I have a project where the only difference are the templates. The question is how should I manage this with git now? At the moment I have 3 different git Repos, but it's hard to maintain all 3 of ...
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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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how to find out if spelling mistakes in source code are a serious issue or not? [closed]

I find very troubling amount of spelling mistakes I see everyday in our codebase, from which I will reproduce a very short but representative example: ArgumnetCount Timeount Gor message from queue ...
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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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Seeking Delphi (Pascal) code beautifier [closed]

Preferably a tool which will run from inside of the Delphi IDE (I use Delphi 7), but I can accept a standalone program. Should have the ability to define rules (X space indent, no tabs, one statement ...
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How safe is it to compile a piece of source code from a random stranger? [closed]

Suppose I'm reviewing code that job applicants send to prove their skills. Clearly I don't want to run executables they send. Not so clearly I'd rather not run the result of compilation of their code ...
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Licensing - Restrictive Open Source License OR Custom License [closed]

I have some source code I want to release but I'm unsure of the best license to put on it. From my research such licenses as MIT and GNU are horrible as they offer little to no protection towards ...
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Should developers be forced to check-in before leaving work each day, even if the code does not compile? [closed]

During a previous consulting position, the developers where told to check-in code on a nightly basis, regardless if it complied or was complete. Managers were afraid of losing any code and said now we ...
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Bad sign if nobody can comprehend one's code? [duplicate]

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 are standard directory layouts for source code, other libraries, build scripts, etc.? [closed]

I'm in the process of proposing a new standard directory layout that will be used across all the projects in our organization. Projects can have compiled source code, setup scripts, build scripts, ...
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What is the value for a web developer to be familiar with the source code of a web browser?

Are there any specific reasons for a developer that deals with web applications (let's say writing html and js) to download a browser's source code (like Chromium) and learn how the engine works ...
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Code licensing / software licensing [closed]

I’ve been working on something outside of my day job and they have asked me if they can use it. It is a closed source project, but I don’t mind giving them the source code; but I definitely want to ...
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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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In need of a divide and conquer approach for re-writing small open-source utilities [duplicate]

Preamble (Skip if you don't like to read) I've been learning C/C++ in school for a year now and all the assignments in the book, after reading through the chapters, were not too difficult to ...
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Sharing source code of my online game? [closed]

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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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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Licensing code submitted after job interview [duplicate]

I applied for a job in a small company (~25 employees) on December and after a month the CEO of the company wrote to me that he is interested to interview me. During the interview I got a bad ...
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How should I go about learning a very large and complex application? [duplicate]

Being a young and fairly inexperienced developer recently employed by a "real" software company I'd like some opinions and pointers on how to do the following: Approaches on how to get familiar with ...
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How do you go about understanding others' code? [duplicate]

What do you do to understand some code that you didn't write? Or code that you wrote long time ago and don't remember what it does anymore. Do you have some technique that you go about? Do you ...
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Should my program be flawless at release [duplicate]

I'm building a big, very complex piece of open-source software, and it's killing me trying to make what I have as "clean" as it needs to be. What I want to know is: If there is an undetected flaw in ...
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Upgrading inherited 3rd party code with changes [closed]

I inherited a php project of 3rd party code with a good deal of company-specific customization lumped on top of it. Now I've got to upgrade it and the person who owned the project is the one I've ...
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Return values and exceptions [closed]

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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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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What is programming like in the Japanese language? [closed]

Is the code written in Japanese? Are filenames in English? What about like a C preprocessor? Is that still in English? Are comments in Japanese? Examples would be nice too.
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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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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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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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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 to Safely Sell Source Code? [closed]

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 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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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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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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Do you think code is self documenting? [closed]

This is a question that was put to me many years ago as a gradute in a job interview and it's nagged at my brain now and again and I've never really found a good answer that satisfied me. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...