Standards are rules and customs that the software industry considers to be important and are codified in some way, either as a formal specification like an ISO standard or a language specification or as a more informal document like rules for behavior at a workplace.

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Enforcing organizational standards for software in Scrum

Organizations, especially organizations with a recognized brand, have various standards for software. This includes things like security, usability, code quality and readability, UI design, test ...
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How to comment the file system?

When certain parts of code are unusual or unclear, common practice is to leave a comment explaining why it is so. However, sometimes a filesystem may have unusual configuration, such as a directory ...
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Subscript/assignment binary operator in C++

I was designing a kind of a parser when I thought that it would be nice to have an operator overload like this: operator[]=(subscipt_type s, rvalue_type val). For example we have a class: ...
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Why is the function called lseek(), not seek()?

The C function for seeking in a file is called lseek(). Why ins't it called just seek()?
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Has RFC2324 been implemented? [closed]

I know RFC2324 was an April Fools joke. However, it seems pretty well thought out, and after reading it I figured it wouldn't be out of the question to design an automated coffee machine that used ...
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End user query syntax?

I'm making a command line tool that allows end users to query a statically-schemed database; however, I want users to be able to specify boolean matchers in their query (effectively things like "get ...
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ASP.NET deployment/maintenance best practices

I have been in the web development industry for around 5 years now, always working in an open source environment. Mostly apache, mysql, and php with a little bit of ruby, using git for version ...
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Communication between resource and authorization server/identity manager?

Short Doing the design / for an api we're building we noticed there is little to nothing to be found on how your resource server can validate a token given by a client with the ...
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Universal means of describing what functions a library should expose

I am busy with a hobby OS and I am planning on making the project open-source and eventually have support for multiple platforms. With this in mind I have taken the approach of putting all hardware ...
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Copyright on own implementation of Standard C Library

I am busy writing a bare-bones Standard C Library for my hobby OS. I am only including the functions I really need for now but the library is still referenced as 'libc' in my source and I plan to ...
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HTML DOM in .NET: following specification vs. following language standards [closed]

Let's say we're implementing HTML DOM in C#. Naming conventions are different: HTMLCollection interface/class vs. IHtmlCollection/HtmlCollection, body attribute vs. Body property etc. Behavior is ...
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What is a uniform way to express Country, City, State? (ISO standard, etc)

I need to encode data into a user token that describes the user's Country, State, and city. I understand that different descriptors apply to different government hierarchies, but am looking for a ...
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Community-built, open source best practices [closed]

Are there currently any best practices for community-built open source projects? First, this is not a criticism only an observation: open source code comes with nearly no commenting. There's an open ...
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My organization is relatively small; how can I follow ISO9000/1 as a matter of best practice? [closed]

I work for a company of <60 people. I understand that larger companies typically are ISO9000/9001 certified, as a matter of quality assurance. I also understand that for a company my size, such ...
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If we only know that a video is 720P, 480P or 240P can that unambiguously tell us of the resolution?

The main issue I have here is are the 720P, 480P, 240P... classes for defining video quality or do they unambiguously define the resolution of the video? For example, the wikipedia article about 240P ...
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Is there a standard for encoding recurring patterns of dates?

I'm trying to re-write a backend interface doohickey for a calendar, a todo list and another sort of calendar and found that they all were programmed to have subtly different formats for patterns of ...
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SQL-99 specification, is it specified to first order the result and limit it afterwards?

If I wrote this in MySQL SELECT * FROM foo ORDER BY bar LIMIT 1 it would first order the result and limit it afterwards. I always get the lowest bar. I wonder if this is specified like this in ...
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Rationale behind C library functions never setting errno to zero

The C standard mandates that no C standard library functions shall set errno to zero. Why exactly is this? I could understand it being useful for calling several functions, and only checking errno ...
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Is it necessary to follow the standard , take the C standard for that matter?

May be this question is a duplicate and I am a dumb to ask it here, but I searched a bit and none of the titles suggested to answer my question exactly . There are some very experienced folks on SO ...
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JIRA Ticket Best Practices: How to write a good JIRA ticket [closed]

We "use" JIRA as our ticketing system, but "use" is a real stretch. We have no standards, no templates, no "best practices" documentation for writing a proper JIRA ticket. So I'm spearheading the ...
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When to build(code) vs buy(download plugin)

Recently I have been working with a large set of talented programmers that lead to a discussion on when should we start building our own components (web js/css) vs downloading and modifying existing ...
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What is the current status of software support for JPEG-2000?

The general recommendation to record original scanned images used to be "use TIFF". But programmers need evolution of format for "evolution of software", and I need to evolve my system to change from ...
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Why have hardware-accelerated vector graphics not taken off?

I'm working on an app that involves real-time manipulation of vector paths at 60fps, and I'm very surprised by how little information there is on the subject. At first, I tried to implement my idea ...
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Why is black box called functional testing when it tests also non functional?

This has been bothering me for a while. Security, performance tests etc. are all done typically using the black box approach. But these are nonfunctional,while black box is called functional testing. ...
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About ANSI C++ 2003 standard

I would like to ask for your help. I searched a lot on Internet, but I found mismatched informations. My questions: I tried to buy the "ISO/IEC 14882:2003(E) Programming Languages - C++" standard ...
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Are there any existing standard software design guidelines?

My team of about 70 programmers is developing C and C++ code for embedded, multiprocessor, image-processing project. We have a coding standard, and hold design and code reviews. The problem is that we ...
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How would I make a suggestion for a change to the SQL standard

If I wanted to make a suggestion to a change to how the UPDATE statement works in SQL, how would I go about it? Is there a website for the next standard? I googled, but just kept getting the ...
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Is there a correlation between the type of a company/industry and the software engineering rigor?

I would like the answer to explain what impact, if any, does the type of company/industry have on the rigor, depth and breadth with which software engineering is practiced. The best would be some ...
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standards for technical specificaton on software+hardware system [closed]

Are there any documented standards for technical specifications within the IT industry? In theory, such a standard would be successfully used in practice deals with both software and hardware parts ...
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Good practices when writing a parser for a standard file format (such as ePub)

I am considering writing an Android reader software that can read ePubs and display them. I checked the ePub standard documents. However, these contain a lot of information. So I am wondering what ...
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Which industries use the most high-quality, measurable, reliable approach to software? [closed]

What sections of the software industry (i.e. healthcare, aerospace, games, etc) are most likely to practice software engineering with the engineering rigor + depth and breadth defined in the SWEBOK?
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Is there a formal definiton of software quality [closed]

I am looking for a formal definition of software quality. It is my understanding that ISO 25000 is intended to provide or measure the quality of a piece of software, but it doesn't appear ready yet ...
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Standard -server to server- and -browser to server- authentication method

I have server with some resources; until now all these resources were requested through a browser by a human user, and the authentication was made with an username/password method, that generates a ...
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ISO 12207: Verification of integration and Unit test validation

I have received comments from the supervisor reviewing my thesis. He asked two questions I cannot answer right now: If ISO 12207 says under "Integration verification" that it "checks that components ...
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Custom HTML Tags: Are there any specifications stating a standard way to handle them?

It seems like for years they've just been given default styling and inline display. Is there a spec somewhere that has dictated this? I've looked over the RFC's but I'm not particularly good with ...
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Is there any difference between return n and exit(n) in C?

Is there any difference between return n (in the main function) and exit(n) in C? Is it defined by C or POSIX standards or it depends on OS or compiler?
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Is Reading the Spec Enough? [closed]

This question is centered around Scheme but really could be applied to any LISP or programming language in general. Background So I recently picked up Scheme again having toyed with it once or twice ...
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Does (should?) changing the URI scheme name change the semantics?

If we take: http://example.com/foo is it fair to say that: ftp://example.com/foo .. points to the same resource, just using a different mechanism for resolving it (and of course possibly a ...
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What are the problems python 3 new features solve?

Python 3 new features say: we’re mostly fixing well-known annoyances and warts, and removing a lot of old cruft It mentions what is different (the fix) but not why (the problems). I have have ...
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Has Little Endian won?

When teaching recently about the Big vs. Little Endian battle, a student asked whether it had been settled, and I realized I didn't know. Looking at the Wikipedia article, it seems that the most ...
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How to negotiate with software vendors who do not follow HL7 standards [closed]

Take, for instance the "", I'd hope that anyone who has spent any time in dealing with HL7 messages knows that the "" signifies that something should be deleted. "" is not an empty string, it's not a ...
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What norms/standards should I follow when writing a functional spec?

I would like to know what documents (ISO?) should I follow when I write a functional specification. Or what should designers follow when creating the system design? I was told that there was a ...
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How to learn what the industry standards/expectations are, particularly with security?

For instance, I was making my first mobile web-application about a year ago, and half-way through, someone pointed me to jQuery Mobile. Obviously this induced a total revolution in my app. Rewrote ...
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What is faster and preferable way for variable assignment in ruby? [closed]

I am a RoR developer and want to clarify some doubt about ruby variable assignment. In ruby we have two ways for variable assignment. str, arr, num = "Hi", [1, 2], 3 and str = "Hi" arr = [1, 2] ...
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Python Coding standards vs. productivity

I work for a large humanitarian organisation, on a project building software that could help save lives in emergencies by speeding up the distribution of food. Many NGOs desperately need our software ...
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Can a single simple language such as Clojure replace Html + JavaScript + CSS + Flash + Java Applets …? [closed]

Please do not dismiss the idea right away. I know that it is hard to compete with a mainstream approach that already works (mostly), so my question is partly "academic". I also am aware that ...
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What standard superseded 830-1998?

I have been looking into how to document software projects more formally, and I have learned about IEEE 830-1998: Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications. However, as you can ...
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Are there tools that do automated validation of database standards?

I'm looking for something akin to FxCop, but for databases. Basically, I want to have a tool where I configure my database standards (naming conventions, field types, or more complex custom rules). ...
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How to define a natural id in database?

There are a lot of manuals. I am trying to create an database to hold information of these documents. But, there is a small problem. How can I give meaningful id to the manuals? Are there any standard ...
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Is C#-4.0 an open standard?

The Ecma-334 (ISO/IEC 23270:2006) standard corresponds to the version 2.0 of the language. Specification of version 4.0 is freely available from Microsoft, but Microsoft's open specifications list ...