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Why do famous CMSes use string flags in the database instead of integers?

I've been browsing SQL dumps of some famous CMSes, literally: Drupal 7, Wordpress (some quite very old version), some custom application based on Python. And all these dumps clearly show that data ...
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Alternate string formatting options in C++?

I'm looking at optimizing some string formatting code that's hit a lot in our code. We had been using ostringstream, and I converted the code to use sprintf (actually Microsoft's more secure ...
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Is initializing a char[] with a string literal bad practice?

I was reading a thread titled "strlen vs sizeof" on CodeGuru, and one of the replies states that "it's anyways [sic] bad practice to initialie [sic] a char array with a string literal." Is this ...
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Detecting and Dealing with obscene language in user input

I've seen some pretty darned restrictive 'chat-systems' in kids games, that make it nigh-on-impossible to get much of a message across whilst typing. So, I looked at some ideas, and there where two ...
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Should functions of a C library always expect a string's length?

I'm currently working on a library written in C. Many functions of this library expect a string as char* or const char* in their arguments. I started out with those functions always expecting the ...
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Is String processing more complex than number processing in programming languages?

I feel that string processing is always more complex than Numbers or mathematical processing. Are our programming languages are designed this way that mathematical operations are pretty much straight ...
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Compare names and the use of Levenshtein's algorithm

I need to cross names from two lists. What is the best away to compare the names? As you may expect, in one list we can have the complete name, on the other just the first and last. Besides that, ...
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Making a database and related operators using files and JSON in java [closed]

I'm trying to write a program that reads operations from a file. these operators look like below : CREATE TABLE student(id:integer, gpa:decimal, name:string, family:string,isMale:Boolean) INSERT ...
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Assigning strings to pointer in C Language

I am a new learner of C language, my question is about pointers. As far i learned and searched pointers can only store addresses of other variables, but cannot store the actual values(like integers or ...
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Does datetime.fromtimestamp() return a datetime object or a string?

Basically what the title says. This is a more theoretical question than anything, I don't have a specific use for it. I've looked up the documentation and I can't find a definite answer.
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Number of strings containing a specific substring

I've seen numerous questions (and answers) concerning the number of binary strings (e.g "10010" containing some binary substring (e.g "00"). I'd like to know if there is a way to generalize this: ...
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How to automatically connect letters into words? [closed]

I would like to connect letters into meaningful words? E.g. input: T E ST IN G WE B A P P LIC AT IO N S output: TESTING WEB APPLICATIONS what kind of task is this? A task in NLP, or just some ...
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number of strings, when each character must occur even times

I've been bashing my skull at this problem for some time now, and its really starting to frustrate me. The problem is: I have a set of characters, A, B, C, and D. I have to tell in how many ways a ...
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Functions returning strings, good style?

In my C programs I often need a way to make a string representation of my ADTs. Even if I don't need to print the string to screen in any way, it is neat to have such method for debugging. So this ...
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Should I be extracting strings from source in core java the way android does?

I just started doing android development stuff after getting pretty comfortable with Java. Android apps tend to do this weird thing where they have all strings for their program held in an XML file ...
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C# Running String As Code [closed]

I want to implement an interesting concept into my game in which clients can program certain parts of their AI. I will provide them an unchangeable namespace and class formatting and they will code ...
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Shortest Common Superstring: find shortest string that contains all given string fragments

Given some string fragments, I would like to find the shortest possible single string ("output string") that contains all the fragments. Fragments can overlap each other in the output string. ...
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Why 'String' objects are immutable with an explicit constructor in java? [duplicate]

It make sense to make class String objects immutable with following declarations, because they share the same storage in common pool. String str1 = "abc"; String str2 = "abc"; But, am not sure, if ...
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performance issues when synchronizing on an interned String

I want to lock a remote file with the string "ip + filename" using java. public boolean execCmd(String ip,String filename, String command) { String file = ip + filename; String lock = ...
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String splits to create arrays

Creating an array of strings for configuration or verification purposes can get long and ugly in code. For example: arrayOfStrings = ['one','two','three','four'] Often to reduce the characters and ...
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Return equal occurrence of char in a list of strings

I have an array of strings ["abb", "bbxxaa"]. I would like to print all characters that occur equal times in each index so in above case I would print bb because they occur twice in both indexes and ...
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Understanding Boyer-Moore Algorithm

Edit: I've found the original publication. It seems to me that the original does not have a l′(i). But I could be wrong because the definition of rpr(i) is so obscure to me. I'm not sure how it makes ...
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Is there any language-agnostic specification for “String Natural Sorting Order”

As I painfully try to find a good natural sorting algorithm written in JavaScript I then stumble upon a bunch of different implementations, & interesting blog posts & answers on Stack ...
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How to fix legacy code that uses <string.h> unsafely?

We've got a bunch of legacy code, written in straight C (some of which is K&R!), which for many, many years has been compiled using Visual C 6.0 (circa 1998) on an XP machine. We realize this is ...
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How does std::string in c++ allocate memory? [closed]

I've noticed that the string library doesn't require one to allocate space before writing the input/output. How does the string library allocate that memory dynamically, i know of the 'new' keyword in ...
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Is there a stricter strtoull() in any ubiquitous C library?

I want a function that will interpret a string as a strictly unsigned integer, failing when the string overflows, represents a negative number, or does not represent a number. strtoull() does set ...
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VB.NET - Serial Key Generating (Encryption, Hashing, Encoding?) Algorithm

I am trying to create a basic licensing system where I take a unique ID from the client computer, and I get this Hexadecimal string (hyphens removed e.g. "84-18-CE-...."): ...
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Regex to String generation

Let's say that we have a regex and an index i. If we suppose that the set of strings that match our regex are sorted in a lexicographical order, how could we get the i element of this list? Edit : I ...
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Why doesn't Ruby have implicit conversion of Fixnum into String?

Ruby normally makes things easy. However, it doesn't allow implicitely converting a number to a string: 2.0.0p247 :010 > "a"+1 TypeError: no implicit conversion of Fixnum into String Why is this ...
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Choosing a file format to storage a simple text data [closed]

My .NET application makes its work and then creating a report (an Excel worksheet). The report holds thousands of short text strings [KEY - VALUE], so excel worksheets suites very well, one column ...
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Which string search algorithm is actually the fastest?

I have been stuck for some time on which is the fastest string search algorithm, heard many opinions, but in the end I'm not sure. I have heard some people saying that the fastest algorithm is ...
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exception for string literal conventions

If I'm used to use ' for string literals in PHP, would it be better if I'll stick to it in any situation or can there be exceptions when it would increase readability? example: $foo = "bar'baz"; // ...
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How can I handle this string concatenation in C in a reusable way

I've been writing a small C application that operates on files, and I've found that I have been copy+pasting this code around my functions: char fullpath[PATH_MAX]; fullpath[0] = '\0'; ...
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Why are the arguments for substring functions mismatched?

In many languages, the substring function works like this: substring(startIndex, endIndex) returns the substring from startIndex until endIndex-1 (if you view startIndex and endIndex as 0-based) / ...
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Word recognition in a string without spaces or punctuation marks

I have a small C# project that reads a file and gives me an output: a string that does not contain spaces nor any types of punctuation marks. It may also contain a few misspellings. Ex. Output: ...
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Algorithm to create permutations for a given alphabet based on a sequence number

I would like to have a function that will create a word (always the same word) for a given sequence number based on a given alphabet. word(0, [a,b,c]) = a word(1, [a,b,c]) = b word(2, [a,b,c]) = c ...
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How do you compress ASCII strings into smaller bytes?

I'm working with an embedded device with a unique protocol that sends messages to other devices and I'm making an application that parses the sent packets. Each packet carries 8 bytes. The protocol is ...
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What's the difference of an object being final and an object being immutable in java?

final String str = "do not change me"; str = "why not?"; //it will result in compile time error saying that final fields can not be re-assigned once created i.e. the reference cannot be changed ...
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Why doesn't Haskell have a 'format' function for string interpolation?

I'm trying to use Shake and I stumbled upon the following problem: there's no easy and convenient way to interpolate a string. I know about Text.Printf — it's not what I'm looking for. The ...
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What is the purpose of chunking strings in natural language processing?

I see many examples of libraries that use a 'chunker' and also people asking how to write chunkers, but what is this for and why do we need it? Isn't it enough to split a text by whitespace or other ...
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SQL: empty string vs NULL value

I know this subject is a bit controversial and there are a lot of various articles/opinions floating around the internet. Unfortunatelly, most of them assume the person doesn't know what the ...
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What should I consider when converting from ASCII to Unicode?

For instance if I had only ASCII characters and then switched to Unicode now I have to consider special characters, and bigger strings or chars. What else along these lines should I be considering? ...
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How can I take a list of tokens (of variable number) and know what each token means?

I have to read a text document with data formatted as follows: (a couple of examples) 07 M W F 1400 1450 C 2004 M W F 0900 1030 EN 2036 06 M T R 1300 1350 EN 1003 17 T R 0900 1015 EN 1052 The ...
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When should I use StringBuilder or StringBuffer?

In a production web application, my fellow programmers used StringBuffer everywhere. Now I am taking care of application development and corrections. After reading StringBuilder and StringBuffer I ...
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1answer
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Comparing strings against a pool of words

I am creating an app where the user enters 8 characters. After he enters the string I have to see if it is an eight letter word. If not, check if contains a seven letter word etc. I am checking ...
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Search Substring in String collection

I have a big collection of strings a[1], …, a[N] where N is about several millions. I am provided a string m and I need to iterate over all the strings a[i] that contain m. In other words, I need to ...
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How many strings are created in memory when concatenating strings in Java?

I was asked about immutable strings in Java. I was tasked with writing a function that concatenated a number of "a"s to a string. What I wrote: public String foo(int n) { String s = ""; for ...
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Settle an Argument: String vs. Array?

True or False: A string is the same thing as an array. I had an interview the other day and the above question was asked. I said false, but the interviewer said it was actually true. I explained to ...
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How common is string manipulation, really? [closed]

I've noticed a lot of programming introductions (almost any language) usually include a heavy barrage of string manipulation quite early, such as: Count the number of "xx" in the given string. We'll ...
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Code execution within delimiters

Is there any way I can execute a block of code in a loop, like so: [ some code goes here ] Where the delimiters are "[" and "]", and also allowing for nested blocks, i.e.: [the user can create ...