A workflow consists of a sequence of concatenated (connected) steps. Emphasis is on the flow paradigm, where each step follows the precedent without delay or gap and ends just before the subsequent step may begin.

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How do you balance between “do it right” and “do it ASAP” in your daily work? [closed]

I find myself pondering over this question from time to time, again and again. I want to do things the right way: to write clean, understandable and correct code that is easy to maintain. However, ...
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What is the benefit of git's two-stage commit process (staging)?

I'm learning git and I've noticed that it has a two-step commit process: git add <files> git commit The first step places revisions into what's called a "staging area" or "index". What I'm ...
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Too much version control and bug tracking overhead per change?

I work at a place that is CVS-crazy and Bugzilla-nuts. There are so many branches off each release that one cannot count them. Everyone is constantly auto-merging. There is no fluidity at this job. ...
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Maintaining Two Separate Software Versions From the Same Codebase in Version Control

Let's say that I am writing two different versions of the same software/program/app/script and storing them under version control. The first version is a free "Basic" version, while the second is a ...
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When to Use workflow engines?

I've worked in past on some of the workflow engines as programmer but never had a clarity on why we chose the work-flow engines in first place. And as programmer I know that there are at least 100 ...
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Is a merging strategy like Git Flow really an anti-pattern?

My company is using Git, and is using a peculiar branching scheme - work is done in master, and branches are reserved for releases. This works fine, so long as all of the work done in an iteration ...
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Binaries in source control

When developing for embedded devices and other odd worlds, it's very likely your build process will include multiple proprietary binaries, using very specific versions of them. So the question is, are ...
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If you use multiple computers, how do you sync everything? [closed]

I have like 4 or 5 computers now, and I need a better system for syncing everything. I use git and github a lot to sync my files for programming projects, but then there are databases, .bash_profile ...
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Wouldn't it be beneficial to write tests during code review?

A colleague of mine came up with an idea that I found interesting. Wouldn't it be beneficial to write tests during code review, by the person doing the review assuming that we don't do TDD? For ...
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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How do you remember where in your code you want to continue next time? [closed]

When you interrupt the work on some code (be it because you have to work on something else or go on vacation or simply because it is the end of the day), once you close that Visual Studio project, ...
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Is there a purpose for using pull requests on my own repo if I am the only developer?

So I got started with a real project of mine on GitHub and things are going pretty well and ideas are flowing a lot faster than I initially thought. In order to keep things organized, I setup some ...
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What is the value of workflow tools? [closed]

I'm new to Workflow developement, and I don't think I'm really getting the "big picture". Or perhaps to put it differently, these tools don't currently "click" in my head. So it seems that companies ...
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TDD and Version Control

I am currently learning about TDD and trying to put it into practice in my personal projects. I have also used version control extensively on many of these projects. I am interested in the interplay ...
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How to design website workflow?

I have been thinking about this for really long time without reaching an optimum answer. First of all, I'm a medical doctor who loves programming but never really studied it, except for home learning ...
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Is using Git Stash as a workflow an antipattern?

I've recently been looking at how me and my team uses Git and how our workflows work. We currently use a feature-branch workflow which seems to work well. I've also seen some individuals on our team ...
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Is a code review which uses only code comments a good idea?

Preconditions Team uses DVCS IDE supports comments parsing (like TODO and etc.) Tools like CodeCollaborator are expensive for budget Tools like gerrit are too complex for install or not usable ...
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How can one use git-flow effectively on a project in which more than one major version is being maintained?

I've migrated several of my projects over to the git flow work flow, and I'm loving it. However, I haven't found a best practice that keeps things flowing as smoothly when working with a project in ...
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Good workflow for software development with scrum and continuous integration

I'm studying an approach to understand better how the continuous integration workflow fits better in a software development company with the scrum method. I'm thinking something like this: Would ...
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What is proper etiquette and recommended GitHub workflow for simultaneously contributing to and diverging from upstream repo?

I'm new to GitHub and VCS in general. I've been programming in various languages for years, but I've always worked solo on custom projects (no public releases). I recently started using a jQuery UI ...
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Workflow, editing things not in your current task

Usually when I program, I have a clear task ahead of me, but find annoying things I'd like to clean up as I go on. Here I see three options: Do it later (may forgot/have to spend time adding a ...
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What is proper etiquette for releasing a complete rewrite of an existing project?

I'm new to the opensource world. The project I'm working on resides on Github. (Just for reference) The project I'm working on is a plug-in for the Plex Media Server. I plan to submit my plug-in to ...
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Git workflow / practices for a small project (flowchart in png)

I'm trying to come up with a personal workflow. I've put together a flowchart of the hypothetical lifespan of a release: one developer pushing to a public github repo + a friend helping with some ...
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Github Organization Repositories, Issues, Multiple Developers, and Forking - Best Workflow Practices

A weird title, yes, but I've got a bit of ground to cover I think. We have an organization account on github with private repositories. We want to use github's native issues/pull-requests features (...
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How do you deal with web designers who are too afraid to read and touch PHP code?

I've been hired to make a website and am working with a designer (who happens to be the guy who is in contact with the client and hired me, so no, I can't kick his ass out =) ) who's too afraid to ...
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Annotate source code with diagrams as comments

I write a lot of (primarily c++ and javascript) code that touches upon computational geometry and graphics and those kinds of topics, so I have found that visual diagrams have been an indispensable ...
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Are There Any Flaws With This Git Branching Model?

I am asking about this git branching model or workflow. I really like this. It strikes me as very intuitive and productive, but what I am asking for is whether there are any flaws or negatives to this ...
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Which is better for small bug fixes and small features - naming branches by ticket number or naming them by feature description?

I am in the middle of a disagreement (cordial, of course) with my lead about proper branch naming. This applies to bug-fix and small feature branches, not long-running feature branches. For long-...
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git, maven and jenkins - versioning, dev and release builds workflow

What is the preferred way to do the following with git, maven and jenkins: I am developping an application, which I would like to maintain "dev" and "release" branches. I would like jenkins to build ...
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Using a TFS Build Process Template (Workflow) for Deployment

I'm thinking of using TFS Build workflows for complex deployments. We have some that may need to deploy: Web applications and services Database SSRS Reports SSIS Packages Who knows what else I ...
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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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How to transfer files to production?

We are a group that started working on a fairly big website with an existing codebase. We have a test and a production server. Our idea is to have a test repository with a number of devs having push ...
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Developers blocked by waiting on code to merge from another branch using GitFlow

Our team just made the switch from FogBugz & Kiln/Mercurial to Jira & Stash/Git. We are using the Git Flow model for branching, adding subtask branches off of feature branches (relating to ...
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What is a resonable workflow for designing webapps?

It has been a while since I have done any substantial web development and I'd like to take advantage of the latest practices but I'm struggling to visualize the workflow to incorporate everything. ...
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How viable is “Windows Workflow Foundation”? What alternatives should I consider? [closed]

I started learning WF 3.0 back a few years ago and never quite got the hang of it. Has anyone learned WF 4.0 (now that it has been rewritten)? Is it a viable platform worth considering? What ...
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dvcs - is “clone to branch” a common workflow?

I was recently discussing dvcs with a coworker, because our office is beginning to consider switching from TFS (we're a MS shop). In the process, I got very confused because he said that although he ...
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Git workflow for small teams

I'm working on a git workflow to implement in a small team. The core ideas in the workflow: There is a shared project master that all team members can write to All development is done exclusively on ...
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How do you test software that is time sensitive?

By time sensitive I mean for example a script that only runs once a month or a script that runs continuously but gives a certain output only once a month. Obviously you can unit test for a lot of ...
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Web-Development preparation and entire project workflow

I work as a lone programmer on web-development projects(front and back-end) - I have completed a couple of projects, so I'm fairly new at this, I have read and tried a few approaches and reached a way ...
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What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team?

What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team? Here is ours: - If the bug is related to a story in the current sprint, we fix it. - If the bug is not related to a story in the current sprint and ...
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Should collaborators on a private Github repository each fork the repo?

I'm working on a project at the moment, and we have the source code up in a private repository on Github, with each of us as a collaborator. What we are unclear on is how to separate each of our work....
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Best way to use source control for a project (1-3 people)

So my partner and I are working on a practice management system and at first we didn't use any version control, then I persuaded him to use git. At the moment our system is that we have three branches:...
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How to test code and functionality effectively while working as a freelancer?

I work as an independent developer. I find it difficult to test functionality of a feature and test code. As project goes complex, I loose focus resulting in each feature partially developed. I want ...
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how to work with web designer?

I started my first professional project recently and have hired a web designer to do the layout. My question is how can I sync the work with the designer? Currently our process goes like this: the ...
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How to improve designer and developer work flow?

I work in a small startup with two front end developers and one designer. Currently the process starts with the designer sending a png file with the whole page design and assets if needed. My task as ...
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Recommended methodology for working with shared libraries and Mercurial

I work in a small team of developers who all collaborate on several Zend PHP projects. We are using Mercurial with a collection of upstream repositories, as well as Jenkins for centralized testing ...
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Few big libraries or many small libraries?

Over the course of some months I've created a little framework for game development that I currently include in all of my projects. The framework depends on SFML, LUA, JSONcpp, and other libraries. ...
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Examples of continuous integration workflow using git

Can anyone provide a rough outline of their git workflow that complies with continuous integration. E.g. How do you branch? Do you fast forward commits to the master branch? I am primarily working ...
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Working with Git on multiple machines

This may sound a bit strange, but I'm wondering about a good way to work in Git from multiple machines networked together in some way. It looks to me like I have two options, and I can see benefits on ...
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What is an effective git process for managing our central code library?

Quick background: we're a small web agency (3-6 developers at any one time) developing small to medium sized Symfony 1.4 sites. We've used git for a year now, but have previously used Subversion. For ...