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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Do developers have to worry about ethical issues when it comes to the product design if they are only involved in the implementation process? [on hold]

I guess everyone should have their own professional and personal standards when it comes to ethical conducts and standards, but in an age where corporate and social responsibilities are becoming more ...
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CE Machinery Standards for UI/Hard Buttons [migrated]

In Canada, working on a machine for the lumber industry. The machine needs to be CE certifiable. I'm working on icons right now, and I've searched the subject to death and read through what I think ...
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What defines robust code?

My professor keeps referring to this Java example when he speaks of "robust" code: if (var == true) { ... } else if (var == false) { ... } else { ... } He claims that "robust code" ...
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What does it mean to “define a profile” in the context of an Internet RFC?

I've seen the phrase defines a profile of XYZ on a couple of IETF RFCs. For example, RFC 3339 reads: This section discusses desirable qualities of date and time formats and defines a profile ...
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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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Is there a standard file for building a settings window?

I've made GUI settings windows for a lot of files, but it's always been the same way I make a regular GUI content window. I want to dynamically produce one that will be parseable to show standard GUI ...
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What is the purpose of building a client library? [closed]

I'm currently developing a client library for Gengo in Go. There are many resources on how to build a good API but I haven't found anything on how to build a good client library. Some developers ...
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Safety-critical software and optimising compilers

I'm reading some internal documentation for code developed to the MISRA C guidelines, and I see that in compiler flags section of the documentation there is a note to compile with optimisation off ...
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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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Request content-type of HTTP errors

HTTP allows for multiple representations of a resource. The Accept header allows the client to choose the representation of the resource. GET /foo/bar HTTP/1.1 Accept: application/pdf GET /foo/bar ...
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Are there any widely accepted sets of standards/practices for secure coding? [closed]

The title should be fairly self-explanatory. We need to update our coding standards, and as part of this process we've been asked to try and follow an industry standard from a ...
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.NET Framework standard container type for multi-value property?

I'd like to create a simple class property which can contain multiple values set from the outside. (Values are of the same type.) Example of property name and contained items: KnownHidScanners ...
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Should I use WADL to describe my RESTful API?

I'm about to embark on a project that makes extensive use of a properly RESTful approach. That is, it uses HATEOAS and serves up resources in a manner that allows for general exploration by a client. ...
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Does it make sense to standardize including a created date and last updated date field on all DB tables?

My boss is currently attempting to apply some development standards to our team, so we had a meeting yesterday to discuss the standards which was mostly going well until she brought up: All DB ...
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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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Different operators in query string like ?var!=value

This one may actually be 2 questions in one. Studying some APIs I came across an api suggesting to have operand different from equal (=) inside the query string (http://www.salesboard.com/api/): ...
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What metadata do files contain? [closed]

I know when a file is created date information such as date created, last modified, last opened, is automatically updated as meta data on that file. Is there other meta data though? Specifically, is ...
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Standard for expression of relative dates [duplicate]

I'm looking for some kind of standard way of representing dates or dates ranges (for reporting parameter purposes) using expressions. This expression can represent both absolute and relative dates. ...
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Is there a 'standard' SQL that can replace all the various custom versions?

I have been writing SQL for over 10 years now. I am extremely proficient at it and have experience working in SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc. While there are multiple standards out there, ...
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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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Is there a set of standards for data validation rules? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a generic data validation engine for web forms. Basically, the idea is to write a library that loads a JSON "validation schema", and then generates the appropriate server-side ...
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What does it mean when some technology is a “standard”?

I started learning Java EE 7 and I am frequently coming across this term "standard", and I don't understand what it means. So, for example, here is a quotation from this book: Contrary to SOAP ...
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What standard to use for RESTful JSON API [closed]

I am currently reading the book RESTful Web APIs by Leonard Richardson, Mike Amundsen and Sam Ruby, that describes the Collection+JSON pattern, and while searching around the web during my exploration ...
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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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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 ...
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Integrating a mobile website into a mobile app

I'm trying to redevelop a mobile website so we can integrate it into a mobile app that is being developed by another department, but still keep it functional on the web. The app has its own menu, so ...
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Why are there so many CSS properties which are essentially the same?

This answer really made me wonder. I've written CSS before and (usually) I don't really bother to support browsers other than recent firefox and chrome, but in researching I've noticed that, for the ...
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Why would programmers ignore ISO standards? [closed]

One of the things I run into often is problems caused by programs which don't conform to ISO standardss. One example would be not using the ISO country tables but making up their own shorthands, ...
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How comes the C++ standards committee introduces a keyword like nullptr and gets away with it? [closed]

That must have broken a lot of peoples code bases right? Everyone who had a variable named "nullptr" (which I think would have been fairly common) has to find "nullptr" and replace with ...
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C/C++: Who uses the logical operator macros from iso646.h and why? [closed]

There has been some debate at work about using the merits of using the alternative spellings for C/C++ logical operators in iso646.h: and && and_eq &= bitand & bitor ...
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Standards for reading code out loud?

Has anyone defined a standard for reading code out loud, for any language? I imagine this is important to software like screen readers for the vision-impaired. This sort of thing also comes up when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hidden web standards behind Google “custom searchEngines”?

Today while playing with Google Chrome Omnibox, I notice a strange behavior. I guess there's some "hidden" web standard behind it, but can't figure it out. Here's how to reproduce: Go to ...
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Documenting and enforcing programming standards and guidelines for shared library

Myself and another developer with the go ahead from our IT director have started a general purpose library in .NET with the intention that it will provide many common purpose classes that we use 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 ...