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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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why are both index[array] and array[index] valid in C?

For example consider: int index = 3; int array[4] = {0, 1, 2, 3}; then both index[array] and array[index] are valid expressions, much like *(index + array) and *(array + index). In C arrays why is ...
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CSS3 will be standardized by browsers?

I'm using CSS3 for the first time, but using specific styles with prefix for each browser looks strange. The need of using -moz-, -o-, -webkit- and another prefix turns the CSS bigger and harder to ...
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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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What standards to use in Business Process Modelling?

There are several approaches on how to model a business process in software applications (BPM software). For instance, a processes can be described in BPMN, EPC, IDEF0, SOMF, etc. Additionally, ...
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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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How should standards and process improvements be introduced to an organization without them?

I've been tasked with improving the software development process through the implementation of process improvements, of which we will most likely be using CMMI for Development, Version 1.3 as a ...
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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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Change Management Standard

Is there any Change Management Standard which is widely accepted in software and other industries? I worked at several companies with absolutely different target domains (investment banking and ...
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Any standards for naming variables in for loops (instead of i,j,k) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do most of us use 'i' as a loop counter variable? I was just writing a nested loop and got to the point where I was using l and m as variables to control for ...
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C++ users proposals

I believe I have some good suggestions to improve the C++ language. Who should I contact to discuss this? Do I have the chance to be heard, especially if I'm not a renowned expert?
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Why do programming language (open) standards cost money? [closed]

Isn't it counter-productive to ask for 384 Swiss franks for C11 or 352 Swiss franks for C++11, if the aim is to make the standards widely adopted? Please note, I'm not ranting at all, and I'm not ...
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Programming standards and principles to become better programmer [closed]

I am a c# developer. I have always been interested in increasing my skills and knowledge and trying to pickup new technology. However now I want to enhance my knowledge in Programming standards and ...
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Naming Rules: Standards, Reserved, and what do they depend on? [closed]

I want to know the rules of naming (AlwaysCapitalize, _underscore, firstSmallLetter, etc...) for each of Namespaces, Classes, Interfaces, Exceptions, Data Members, Methods, Variables, etc.... also I ...
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How important is the Acid3 Test anymore and what should replace it?

For a long while the default guide to latest standards support for browsers was the Acid 3 Test. I've just run this on Windows 7 (x64) for Chrome 15.0, Firefox 7.0, Safari 5.1 and IE 9.0 and they all ...
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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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Two-way calendar sync with any client

I have a database of calendar events, that can be administered by the user through a web application. I would like to offer to the user, functionality for viewing their calendar in any client of ...
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Is there a standard name for this search approach? [closed]

In order to create a (Lucene) query, an "incomplete" domain object is used. All properties with a value are used for the query, the rest is ignored. In the absence of a better name, we call it ...
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PCI Compliance, FDMS and TransArmor [closed]

So, I've been tasked to work on an integration project where we will ask customers for credit card information and send it over to our integration partners, who will process the payment/cc info and ...
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Why are there so many competing filesystem designs? [closed]

Just a quick question, but why are there so many file systems still competing and in use today? (ntfs, fat32, ext3(ffs), etc) It seems that file system designers could agree upon the best aspects of ...
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How and where do I publish my open standard?

I have been writing an open standard for a protocol I am developing. As far as writing concerns I have it under control. But the main question is where can I publish such document. I have been ...
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What's the difference between the terms “protocol” and “standard”?

I find the term "protocol" confusing (in the terms of computer science that is). If the protocol is just a set of rules, wouldn't it be easier if we used the term "standard" instead (like in "HTTP ...
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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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Why is it unrealistic to expect all browsers to support the same standards? [closed]

Ideally, we would have different browsers supporting the same standards and same code producing the same result on all browsers. That hasn't happened yet. What are the reasons why?
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Is C++0x Compatible with C?

I have heard that there will be a lot of changes done in C++ because of the new standard (C++0x). My question is: What are the major changes, and will C++0x be compatible with C++ 98 and C ?
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At what point is it good to try to reinvent a standard? [closed]

Take a look at this picture from XKCD.com Browsers are a good example of this. While I develop websites for them, I have to search through the unique 'standards' for each to make sure my sites are ...