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How do you dive into large code bases?

What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown code base? I am thinking of tools like grep, ctags, unit-tests, functional test, class-diagram generators, call graphs, ...
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What does SVN do better than Git? [closed]

No question that the majority of debates over programmer tools distill to either personal choice (by the user) or design emphasis, that is, optimizing design according to particular uses cases (by the ...
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git for personal (one-man) projects. Overkill?

I know, and use, two version control systems: Subversion and git. Subversion, as of now, gets used for personal projects where I am the only developer and git gets used for open source projects and ...
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Good resources and tools for modern, heavy JavaScript development? [closed]

I am interested in doing some projects that involve heavy use of JavaScript. Namely HTML5 based canvas games, potentially using node.js as well. I am interested in learning modern best practices, ...
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What would you consider best practice workflow tools for web application (PHP) development? [closed]

I'm really hoping somebody with more experience can edit the question as per my examples of answers: using version control test driven development debugging code (xdebug for php) use of UML diagrams ...
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Interrupting Work Productivity: The Name? [closed]

Certainly it is a productivity killer when a developer is constantly interrupted by other workers, bosses, etc - but it is even worse when the developer is constantly interrupted by his or her own ...
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Most underestimated programming tool [closed]

We have many great tools which helps a lot when programming, such as good programmers text editors, IDEs, debuggers, version control systems etc. Some of the tools are more or less "must have" tools ...
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Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?

I recently joined a rapidly growing startup. In the past 3 months the development team has grown from 4 to 12. Until now they were very laissez-faire about what developers used to do their work. In ...
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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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Does anyone use virtual machines for web development, and why? [closed]

I see a few developers that like to use virtual machines for web development. Are there others that do this? If there are, why do you do it? Are there any pros / cons to developing on a VM rather ...
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What is the advantage of learning about and understanding compiler construction?

I'm a undergraduate in my 3rd year of a Software Engineering degree. From this year on, my university has introduced a new course called 'Compiler Constructions', which teaches you the basics of the ...
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Tool to manage requirements throughout a software development lifecycle [closed]

I am looking for a tool to manage requirements or features for a software development project. It will be used by a small geographically diverse team of 5-10 people to raise, discuss and track ...
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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 tools can be used to facilitate code reviews after commits? [closed]

I've been evaluating a number of code review tools (mostly free ones), but they all seem to be aimed at reviewing patches before they are committed. This wouldn't really fit within our workflow with ...
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8answers
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How can current IDEs improve the development experience? What secondary tools should be primary? [closed]

A modern IDE wouldn't be taken seriously if it didn't have a good editor with syntax highlighting, comprehensive warnings, and a source-level debugger. And there are many more tools/IDE features that ...
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2answers
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Problem sets or challenges and solutions for beginners to practice MVC, OOP, MVT etc. type problems [closed]

Coding bat, project euler, python challenge for example are all amazing brain teasers that usually provide you with some learning material, ways to compact your code, and enhance your problem solving ...
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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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What are great online code reviews tool for Open Source projects? [duplicate]

I would like to start new Open Source project, and I believe all check-ins should be reviewed before merged into trunk. What are some great online code review tools for Open Source projects that have ...
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Is LinqPad site quote “Tired of querying in antiquated SQL?” accurate?

I was struck by the heading Tired of querying in antiquated SQL? on http://www.linqpad.net/. I am a N-Tier application developer and learnt my trade in a company that worked with a lot of data, ...
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Which tool to use to manage a project? [closed]

Some time ago I watched these video casts, and I liked how the project was managed. Is there a tool for linux similar to target process (target process's webpage)? If not, what tool are you using for ...