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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Is it worth reading the language specification? [closed]

I'm wondering if it is worth reading language specifications/standard documents (e.g. The Java Language Specification) if you aren't going to write a compiler/interpreter for the language or something ...
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How do people know the C++ Standard so well?

First of all, this is not a formal C++ question. I have been working with C++ for many years. Most of time, I improve my skill by working on different projects, reading good books, and learning from ...
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What defines a standard?

What defines a standard like HTML5, C++0x, etc.? Is it just that you hand something in to W3C/ANSI/ISO/..., they produce a couple hundred pages long document and suddenly it's a standard? Can't I, as ...
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Standardised Programming Techniques / Procedures

I don't know if this is a question, or a start of a conversation or even a completely irrelevant topic. Why isn't programming more standardised? Im really new to this and I find it hellish ...
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Universal Standards for Data Interchange - Do they exist and do you follow them?

Mostly fact and maybe a little bit of opinion: One of my pet peeves in programming is data interchange. I work exclusively with small business software (as opposed to working with corporate ERP ...
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Should one avoid or be careful with C99 features in C code?

Some seem to say that one should avoid C99 features in C code as compilers don't really support those features. C99 is a standard from 1999, shouldn't these features be quite widespread now? Should ...
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How important is it that you know the C++ standard?

I did try searching, but I did not see a similar question (either that or my search terminology was incorrect - if so, feel free to close). I am an avid user of SO, and I notice that there are lots ...
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Use of c89 in GNU software

In GNU coding standard it is said that free software developer should use C89 because C99 is not widespread yet. 1999 Standard C is not widespread yet, so please do not require its features in ...
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Is there a universal date format that anyone in the world can understand?

In Canada, everyone is familiar with the date format YYYY-MM-DD. In Europe or South Africa, they prefer DD-MM-YYYY. There are users from South Africa who get confused with the YYYY-MM-DD date ...
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Arguments to homologate Firefox in a Company

I developed a web project for my company and this project was designed to use Mozilla Firefox (including the javascript (jQuery)). However, now the company wants the project to be transferred to ...