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revised How should I deal with problems with completed stories in agile
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comment How to create better OO code in a relational database driven application where the database is poorly designed
This book might give you som eideas of how you can start to fix the datbase problesm and keep the legacy code working: amazon.com/…
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comment Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer?
@RossPatterson, since this is banking, yeah I hope they really do work correctly now. At anyrate if there are no tests, then the risk of making a change is huge in banking and writing unit tests to help you learn the system should be an easy sell.
Jul
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comment Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer?
It also helps you to understand taht the method you think they should have used was not available when the code was written.
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answered Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer?
Jul
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comment Getting related foreign keys from parent entities
If you do denormalize, you need to maintain the client_id through triggers on all the relevant tables. It is the only way to ensure consistency no matter how the data is changed. (There is an exception for bulk inserts which can avoid triggers but peopel doing this type of thing generally know to reproduce the trigger code they are avoiding after inserting or updating the ten million records.)
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revised How to represent days and time graphically for a project I have done
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Jul
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answered Good Practice : Storing variables and classes names in database for direct call
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answered Is there value denoting a key as “Primary”?
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comment Should we persist with an employee still writing bad code after many years?
I suspect this guy woud be absolutely flabbergasted to find out that his manager is thinking of firing him. Some people you just have to hit over the head with a plank and flat out tell them that they have to improve or they will be fired.
Jun
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comment Stored Procedures a bad practice at one of worlds largest IT software consulting firms?
@MichaelKohne, I would say never in my experience. It depends on what segment of the industry you are in. In Enterpise systems it is rare to change database vendors. In the COTS world, it happens all the time or the design must account for multiple vendor possibilities. In the web world is somehwat divided depending on what the web site actually does and how critical the db is to the success of the site.
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answered Automatically observing changes in database tables
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comment Automatically observing changes in database tables
If the database is Access, that database better not be large.
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comment Requirements Analysis Communication
That would be a poor requirment. What about numbers that are appropriately stored as string data (say phone numbers) do you really want to convert them to a numeric so you can order them? Why would you sort dates by time only? Do you want 01/01/2013 22:00 to come after 06/03/2013 08:00?
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