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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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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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 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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Why do programming language (open) standards cost money?

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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Standard practices for an architect

I am the architect for my group. Unfortunately I was given this position organically and there are no standards in place for how I should do my job. At different companies, how does the architect role ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it worth reading the language specification?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Standardization across an organization: Good or Bad?

Currently I work for an java shop that places a high value on standardization. This includes common things(styles, javadocs, formatting, etc.) on to what I consider slightly more draconian ...
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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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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 would programmers ignore ISO standards?

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 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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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 there an official standard regarding user password storage practices?

I recently used a government service that I had an account for from years ago. I couldn't remember my password for the service so I used the "forgot password" link and was astonished to see that this ...
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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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Training a 'replacement', how to enforce standards?

Not sure that this is the right stack exchange site to ask this of, but here goes... Scope I work for a small company that employs a few hundred people. The development team for the company is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Sending out a “Request for Comment” when establishing a new guideline

Do you send out a "request for comment" when establishing a new company guideline or standard? Companies need to establish consistent guidelines on things like development process, version control, ...
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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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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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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 ...