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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How does the C++ standards committee test their design ideas?

Does the C++ committee test their new design specifications with some sort of prototype compiler before releasing a new standard? Or do they release a standard which is, in effect, only theoretical ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Is it necessary to follow the standard, take the C standard for that matter?

There are some very experienced folks on Stack Overflow who always talk about the C standard. People seem to not like non-portable solutions, even if they work for me. Ok, I understand that the ...
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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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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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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? [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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Standardization across an organization: Good or Bad? [closed]

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 measures(...
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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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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 format....
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 control....
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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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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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Is it okay to return the “wrong” HTTP status code in order to show a more user-friendly error page?

Located here, RFC 7231 is all about the HTTP protocol (status codes) I'm developing an in-house web application for my university's department and I'm at a (probably unimportant) impasse. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In the IEEE/EIA 12207.1-1997 Standard, what does “notation for description” refer to?

The IEEE 12207.1-1997 guide (Software life cycle processes - life cycle data) has a list of general content requirements for all description documents (section 5.1, page 12). This includes "notation ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How do you deal with external sources that do not conform to service standards and protocols?

I'm working on a product that requires a large amount of interactions with different external data providers. These data providers uses a number of standards (primarily xml-based) which are all ...