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In a specification, should I describe what a product does (ideally) or what it should/must do?

I'm writting a German specification (I'm not German). Differences may appear for this process in different cultures, especially in the terminology, but usually here's the idea: The client writes ...
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What's the name of this category of variables (NEW, OLD, etc) in triggers?

I need to do some very specific web search, but in order to do that I need to know what's the technical name of the category/type of variables like NEW, OLD, USER ( the could be more ) that you can ...
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“My stuff” vs. “Your stuff” in UI texts

When refering to a users stuff should you use My or Your, for example: My Cart | My Account | My Wishlist Or Your Cart | Your Account | Your Wishlist I found this article that argues for ...
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Choosing a proper wording for referring compiler errors

Consider someone is writing a message (or a question at StackOverflow). The context is following: In my code, I have the following line: int foo = Bar(); However, the compiler returns an ...
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Good principles to explain the use of data objects

I'm in a little need of names clarification. First a brief description of my position. I prepare as debutant giving a junior developer job descriptions, which also provided another perspective on how ...
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What's a generic word for both Methods and Attributes?

In a class diagram, each class contains methods and attributes. What's the correct word for describing both of them besides something generic such as contents or items? Context: The Orange class ...
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Is it called class or object instance?

I have a wording / precision question. Sometimes I write "object instance" sometimes "class instance". Isn't it that an object is always an instance of a class? Therefore "object instance" is not the ...
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Is there a clean alternative to WTF that communicates to coders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Another term for common code smell Programmers know immediately what I mean if I talk of finding a 'WTF' in the code base. In particular, it is a noun that refers to an ...
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Why is code sometimes called “listings”?

When reading Programmers at Work (by Susan Lammers), they often refer to code as "listings". Why is that?