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Tools and for software feature inventory? [closed]

We have a software that grew out of an internal project into a complex tool with various features and we would like to compile a feature inventory with the idea of computing some metrics for feature ...
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When should one use the Visual Studio Isolated Shell

I am planning an open source project (MIT License), that would be something like a desktop client for Jira. For that purpose I am researching about "pre done" UIs that I could use for that. My first ...
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How create unit test the performance of an application? [closed]

What I want is to run automatically methods to tests the performance of an application. Just like the unit tests, but with the purpose of evaluate the performance and create reports if is it possible. ...
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Changelog in Comments Versus Source Control Log [duplicate]

Until recently, I have worked on a code base which kept change logs both as a table in the header section of each file and as comments in source control. In practice, only the header comments were ...
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What are some version control systems based on different concepts than Git, Mercurial etc? [closed]

Most of the version control systems I have used have a lot of similar functionallity for source code files: they work on their text content, diff using well known diff algorithms, the changes contain ...
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How to identify and run the most relevant automated tests?

Suppose you have a reasonably large codebase (0.5 - 1 msloc) with a large test-suite (6-7hr single-threaded runtime; with a mix of unit-tests and integration-tests built with different tools). You ...
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Is the tool pywebsocket suited for production? [closed]

Is it a good idea to use pywebsocket in a production environment, since it is so widely used, but their google developer page states "pywebsocket is intended for testing or experimental purposes". ...
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How do you get over tooling problems in a communal open-source project?

Two different teams (from different companies) are uniting to work on a communal open-source project. Agreeing on technical design is something we have no trouble with, but I'm struggling with ...
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How to identify performance bottlenecks in your software [duplicate]

I'm building an application with lots of components, a lot of which are third-party so I only know what I can get from their documentation. From time to time, by pure luck, I find out one of these ...
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Backend development philosophy

I feel kind of lost in this backend development process I am attempting right now. Most of the usual development practices I use while developing client-side applications don't apply here... Let me ...
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Transparently adding a database interface layer

I am currently looking for ways to optimize an application that is consuming unacceptable amounts of memory. The process basically takes input and parses it into a tree. The tree is currently stored ...
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How to implement change and new tools in a small dev team? [closed]

I have been tasked with producing a plan for implementing a slight change to the work of our developers (there are eight of us working at this company). The change affects a small portion of our work, ...
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Is there a tool to generate multi-goal procedural instructions? [closed]

As a user: When I have good instructions to follow I'm sure I could do just about anything. With poor instructions I end up frustrated, wasting time and probably giving up. The type of instruction I ...
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Do you have to ban atomics to get good tool support for race detectors?

It seems that Helgrind treats atomics the same way as normal read/write operations. So, using atomics will result in lots of false positives. I don't know exactly how ThreadSanitizer deals with ...
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How to find classes that use certain DB tables

Problem: I'm asked to prepare a document where all our DB tables are listed and I'm supposed to list all Controllers that uses these DB tables for read and another list for Controllers that do write ...
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Is there a tool that visually represents all the potential paths to a particular piece of code? [closed]

As an example of what I need and why I want it, I am trying to determine how a certain value (CurTotal) is getting set (wrongly). I've come up with these notes to myself to try to understand just what ...
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How to keep your programming resources, tips, tools and snippets handy and easy to find? [closed]

In my everyday work and on my free time, I tend to discover/learn/find pieces of information that can be really useful if used at the right moment but also really easy to forget and/or to find again ...
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Communication between programmers and system engineers. Tool for planning builds and maintenance jobs

We have Development department and the department of System Engineers that works on a big project (development of J2EE application). We are using Build management system, Bug tracking system and a ...
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When is it appropriate to start using the next revision of a tool when dogfooding?

Specifically, I am working on a tool that integrates a DVCS and build system, but I image the challenge I am facing would arise for anyone developing a "meta" tool (compiler, VCS, build system, test ...
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When should we stop work and make tool?

As a software engineer, we are always eager to get effective tools to boost our productivity. And in our daily work, we are often unsatisfactory with the existing tools and would like to have better ...
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Any tools/suggestions on how to refute code coverage quality argument

Now I know people could consider this question duplicate or asked many times, in which case I would appreciate a link to relevant questions with answer to my question. I have been recently in ...
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Is there an equivalent to gnu parallel for windows? [closed]

gnu parallel is a small utility that allows you to execute bash commands in parallel. I was wondering if there's something similar for windows.
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Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”? [closed]

I am a DBA fledgling with a lot of experience in programming. I have developed several CLI, non interactive apps that solve some daily repetitive tasks or eliminate the human error from more complex ...
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Is physical Agile board “always” better than electronic tool?

Whenever the question comes up on which Agile tool to use use there always some people that answer "don't use an electronic tool because you will lose the big-visible-board advantage which better ...
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Solving the last mile problem in software engineering [closed]

The more I write code the more I realize that writing the code is not the hard part. The hard part is making sure all the dependencies are in order, there are no hard coded paths, that I don't have ...
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Tool helping with estimations [closed]

I am looking for a tool supporting me with estimations. What I would like to do is to specify a higher level task and break it into several smaller tasks. When a task is small enough, I could assign ...
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Class of problems solvable by sed or stream editors

I've came across a question transform this text with sed [sed only] and it got me wondering what class of problems is solvable by stream editors or programs/computational models with similar ...
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Git-friendly spreadsheet format? [closed]

We're trying to move our project documentation process from Google Documents to a set of self-hosted Git repositories. Text documents are Git-friendly enough, since we usually do not need any fancy ...
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what tools should I use for quality assurance and testing for front end javascript? [closed]

I am using jquery and HTML 5 techniques (like File API, HistoryAPI) extensively in a project I am working on. I was wondering what tools I can use for quality assurance my javascript and front ...
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What tools or techniques are useful for describing an unfamiliar codebase?

When manually inspecting unfamiliar code (to review or modify), I seem to have three options. A top-down read of the code, choosing each next source file by how fundamental the filename seems. I ...
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Dependency Management tool for REST endpoints

I work in a Rest Oriented environment. The number of endpoints is quite large and span multiple applications. The dependencies between the endpoints are large in number as well and not very well ...
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Is there such a thing as a specification-code framework?

I've been googling for a while and can't fathom why this doesn't exist yet. By a specification-code workflow I mean a system which links code to it's specification. For example I could be looking at ...
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What is a good support knowledge base tool? [closed]

I have been searching for a tool to help my team organize its knowledge for resolving recurring support cases. Context: our team is developing and supporting an huge applications (lots of ...
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How to better integrate a unix development environment into Windows [closed]

I'm mostly a Windows user but I do most of my development (essentially web development) using unix tools and software. I've been going back and forth between using a dedicated lubuntu virtual machine ...
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Picking a code review tool [closed]

We are a startup looking to migrate from Fogbugz/Kiln to a new issue tracker/code review system. We are very happy with Jira, especially the configurability, but we are undecided on a code review ...
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Automated deployment/installation of development tools [closed]

My team is looking to automate installation/deployment of all of our development tools. The main driver for this is to ensure that everyone in the team has a consistent development environment setup ...
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How to check any undocumented methods provided by apple?

The following tools is provided by Apple dlopen dlsym objc_getClass sel_registerName objc_msgSend Those are listing Objective-C selectors, or strings. Objective-C selectors are stored in a special ...
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Why does the code auditing tools like FindBugs require a compile step to work properly?

Basically I ran Intellij Idea 's plug in called FindBugs-Idea to analyze my code . I corrected whatever errror was caught and then ran the tool again but it was still complaining about the same error ...
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I want a distributed queue. Never used the 3rd-party tools before

I need to have a queue mirrored in two distributed servers with WAN between them. Does the RabbitMQ suit for my situation? Or should I start with another AMQP solution? Which? Or non-AMQP? What ...
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Why does F# have an interactive mode but not C#?

F# comes out of the box with an interactive REPL. C# has nothing of the sort and is in fact kinda difficult to play around without setting up a full project (though LINQpad works and its also possible ...
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What is Rainbow (not the CMS)

I was reading this excellent blog article regarding speeding up the badge page and in the last comment the author waffles (a.k.a Sam Saffron) mentions these tools: dapper and a bunch of custom ...
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Should a software developer get a yearly equipment budget?

I am looking at a new position with a new company. I have talked to some people in the past (in general, not at this company) that they had been given a yearly budget to buy new computer stuff to ...
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What non-programming tools do programmers use? [closed]

I'm reading Code Complete with the intention of learning how to better structure my code, but I'm also learning a lot about how many aspects of programming something there are that aren't just writing ...
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Requirements/issue tracker similar to online spreadsheet [closed]

Is there a requirements/issue tracker software which is similar to Google spreadsheet? We have Fogbugz but I find it more heavyweight and slow than a simple spreadsheet. Is there a Fogbugz ...
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Information about how much time in spent in a function, based on the input of this function

Is there a (quantitative) tool to measure performance of functions based on its input? So far, the tools I used to measure performance of my code, tells me how much time I spent in functions (like ...
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FSM drawing tool with export to XMI [closed]

I'm searching for good tool that will allow me to draw Finite State Machine and then export it into XMI file so I could easily read it into my program. Could somebody propose something?
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Automated architecture validation

I am aware of the fact that TFS 2010 ultimate edition can create and validate architecture diagrams. For example, I can create a new modeling project > add Layer Diagram > Add Layer called View > Add ...
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Essential management tools for a small/medium software development shop

I've recently started work with an organisation that is rapidly expanding and is recruiting or growing several development teams (including two web-based products and a data warehouse/BI team). They ...
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Unix tools in business use: are they helpful?

Do you think knowing Unix tools like sed, awk, LaTeX, Perl give you a great edge in the business world? (e.g. being a manager) From my short reflection, the only profession that needs those sort of ...
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Are there any concrete examples of where a paralellizing compiler would provide a value-adding benefit?

Paul Graham argues that: It would be great if a startup could give us something of the old Moore's Law back, by writing software that could make a large number of CPUs look to the developer ...