Questions tagged [communication]

Questions surrounding communications between programmers and the others involved in software development. This can include stakeholders, management, end users, designers, testers, and other developers.

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In an UML 2.5 State Machine, how can I model sending a Signal as an effect on a transition in a convenient way?

In an UML 2.5 State Machine, how can I model sending a Signal as an effect on a transition in a convenient way? In one of the older UML versions you simply prefixed the name of the signal with a send ...
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What is the Software Engineering equivalent of a traditional Engineering Change Order (ECO)? [closed]

What best practices do large software companies recommend when introducing a breaking-change to their software development process? Put another way, how do you best communicate these changes to fellow ...
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What is the best practice for monolithic desktop frontend-backend communication?

For a monolithic desktop application with two projects - a frontend and a backend, both in C#, what would be the best practice for communication between them? The frontend needs to make calls to the ...
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Are the stone-dead PHP mailing lists really how PHP developers and the PHP community communicate? [closed]

I've been looking at this for a long time: https://news-web.php.net/ Almost every single mailing list has the last messages sent to them in the year 2000-2003. That's 17-20 years ago! It would be an ...
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Why do MMS require “mobile data” to be sent/received?

First, I am not sure where to ask this. Please point me the correct stack exchange if it does not belong here. Note: I do not know how to correctly name "mobile data" in english. But I refer ...
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What to do when your client keeps jacking with the system you developed for them

What to do when your client keeps jacking with the system you developed for them I've had a client in the real estate training business for six years now. We have an ongoing weekly minimum time ...
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How does a process get notifications from the operating system?

In UIKit framework, there are methods associated with app’s life cycle events like applicationWillEnterForeground(_:) which are called at appropriate times. How can I make a process receive such ...
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Good practices for frontend-backend communication

What are some good practices for handling communication between a frontend and a backend? From what I know in order to keep things loosely coupled you shouldn't just have your frontend have a ...
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Who is the potential audience of a commit message?

I've been taking a course on plain language writing, in order to make my commit messages more readable and understandable. One of the main ideas in plain language writing is that your first identify ...
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How the basic structure of a simple messaging app works?

How the messaging apps works? What is the Basic algorithm of it? I tried the following method to make a messaging app. I enters message Message converts to a text file Text text file uploads to the ...
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My Boss Wants Fancier Methods [closed]

I work in a young (< 3 year-old, <15 employees) startup. Our core data product is a recommendation engine. One of my primary responsibilities is to prototype the recommendation engine. Because ...
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What is an effective way to record rationales behind product design decisions?

At our company, we do not use any product design documents. We have three employees total so all product design discussion happens in person, or on Slack. (We are also on the basic Slack package that ...
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How to let others developer know what was tried and didn't work? [duplicate]

Let's say a developer is tasked to implement a certain feature in the codebase. That developer tries to implement the feature using Design A (e.g. a certain design pattern). The developer finds out ...
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Explaining why a code's modifier should also be its committer [closed]

The context of this question is the early stage of introducing a VCS into an academic setting consisting of non-SW-engineers, largely unaware of modern best practices related to coding as a team. At ...
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Company outsourced testing; how can we encourage programmers to stop overly relying on testers?

A friend of mine is working in a 200-employee company. The company's business has nothing to do with IT, but they do have an IT department to work, among others, on their website, used by the ...
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What is the best way for sharing common functionality or reusing existing code in micro-service architecture?

I just curious to know that what is the best practice or way for sharing common functionality or code among the micro-services. For example, there is one micro-service which is responsible for the ...
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Architecture question about Instant Messaging Platform with MQTT

I'm starting a project to build an instant messaging application for mobile devices. Although not the complete list of components these are the main data flows I'm concerned about: Mobile app ...
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Same Event types for multiple micro-services

In an Event Driven Architecture when there are more than one microservices say A, B that publish same Event say Order_Created and a service C listening to it, performs some actions and publishes an ...
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Wait for file(s) in a remote directory to be created, then transfer the file(s) immediately to local computer

I'm wondering what the best practice would be for the following task: I start a program on a remote node, which will generate subsequently new files in a publicly accessable folder. Whenever a new ...
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Communication between separated application parts

I have searched well before asking this question, and some of the questions look like what I need here, but none of the gave a clear answer to my question. I am writing a web application (in PHP if ...
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Best practice with SignalR communication

I'm working on a project that involves online purchases. I have my web api in C# and my client in REACT (javascript). Server and client are connected with SignalR. I want that when an ORDER is ...
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How To Deal With Terrible Design Decisions [duplicate]

I'm a consultant at one company. There is another consultant who is a year older than me and has been here 3 months longer than I have, and a full time developer. The full-time developer is great. ...
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How to let teammates know what changes I made to an object? [closed]

Suppose I have a PHP object, let's say: companyObj. class companyObj { private company_name; private company_address; public function print_contact() { //logic } } This is the object ...
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Communication in a microservices architecture with flask and REST

Components involved: Mobile Client Microservices API Gateway Each microservice is a Flask application exposing a RESTful API. When a request is made by the mobile client, it is sent to the API ...
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Does data size in TCP/UDP make a difference on transmission time

While discussing the development of a network component for our game engine, a member of our team suggested that transmitting either 500 bytes or 1k of data using UDP makes no difference from ...
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How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person?

How do you go about explaining refactoring (and technical debt) to a non-technical person (typically a PHB or customer)? ("What, it's going to cost me a month of your work with no visible difference?!"...
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Suitable vocabulary when helping novice programmers

I find myself aiding novice programmers relatively often; explaining why their code won't work when they ask, suggesting solutions and the like. The people I'm helping do have a formal education in ...
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Zeromq bidirectional asynchronous transmission?

I have a system which consists of two applications. Currently, two applications communicate using multiple zeromq publish/subscribe sockets generated for each specific type of transmission. Sockets ...
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How to make the working habits/personality traits of a team more transparent? [closed]

We are a recently formed team of 4 developers, some of them new to the company, some of them assembled from other, disbanded teams. I would like to know my team members better, how they "tick", how ...
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Why wouldn't my team want to run unit tests automatically?

I'm managing a team in .net. They are writing unit tests, use them locally on a regular basis, and love it. However, they keep pushing to have the unit tests kept as a separate project and only want ...
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A way to communicate between 100 clients on low budget

I have a group of 100 clients around the globe, that need to communicate between then self, fast. Each message that each of the clients sends needs to be broadcasted to everyone. The messages will be ...
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Is it generally helpful to include JIRA issues in code comments?

Once in a while, I leave comments like # We only need to use the following for V4 of the computation. # See APIPROJ-14 for details. or # We only need to use the following for V4 of the computation....
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Understanding LSB and MSB

In reference to one interface control document, I found difficulty in understanding this concept. There is one parameter having LSB of 0.0625 and MSB of 2048 that should be transmitted from one piece ...
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How can I reduce bloat in my callback based serial communication?

I'm communicating with a device that's connected to the computer via com port. The device accepts certain predefined commands in order to interact with it. I'm essentially creating a more abstract API ...
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What is a good diagrammatic way to represent async event communication between two systems?

What is a good diagrammatic way to represent asynchronous event communication between two systems (the pub sub model)? I am not looking for tools but more of a representation. Is it a sequence diagram,...
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How do you make slides for programming talks? [closed]

I've given a few talks recently and I have not found a good way to make slides. Here are a few desirable characteristics for programming slides: They're slides. A standard emacs buffer won't do it. ...
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How can I give a good presentation to important, non-technical stakeholders?

At the end of the month, I have to give a presentation on a software project that I've been working on by myself that will basically decide whether or not I will get a full-time job at the company I'm ...
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How to explain to a non-technical person why the task will take much longer than they think? [closed]

Almost every developer has to answer questions from business side like: Why is going to take 2 days to add this simple contact form? When a developer estimates this task, they may divide it into ...
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What do you say in a code review when the other person built an over complicated solution? [closed]

The other day I reviewed code someone on my team wrote. The solution wasn't fully functional and the design was way over complicated-- meaning stored unnecessary information, built unnecessary ...
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How to deal with a CEO making all technical decisions but with little technical knowledge?

Question posted anonymously for obvious reasons. I am working in a company with a dev group of 5-6 developers, and I am in a situation which I have a hard time dealing with. Every technical choice (...
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What strategy to better articulate myself when summarising technical details

I am required to speak at daily stand ups, change review and architect reference group meetings. I usually find that I speak too quickly, include too much or not enough details, or go back and forth ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo [closed]

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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How to reduce dependency in communication between servers

Background: My team writers back ends, whose job is to receive input, perform calculation and either return the result to the caller or to another server down the line for additional processing. We ...
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WebSite Design Knowledge Base Vs Blog

I'm currently developing a knowledge base for my company and we have already built a blog using a third party solution. However, going through it, the functionality is a lot like the blog. We have ...
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Remote teams: How to build a shared understanding of codebase & architecture?

Situation: There's a remote team of 6 developers in 4 different countries. It uses CI, version control, Slack and has a weekly status call. They do code reviews on each pull request (always same ...
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How do I get people to stop bikeshedding (focusing on trivialities)?

I have been tasked with teaching other teams a new codebase, but I keep running into an issue. Whenever I go to actually walk through the code with people, we don't get very far before the entire ...
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How to manage a developer who has poor communication skills

I manage a small team of developers on an application which is in the mid-point of its lifecycle, within a big firm. This unfortunately means there is commonly a 30/70 split of Programming tasks to "...
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Handling changes in a event-driven microservice architecture

I'm doing an research-project where I'm researching the options to handle changes in an event-driven microservice architecture. So, let's say we got an application where we got four different ...
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What responses disqualify a candidate from hiring during the interview? [closed]

You are in the process of looking for candidates for a software development position, all the resumes are reviewed, and you made a couple of interview invites. Now, the folks show up in the conference ...
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How to dissuade a customer who just learned a technology and wants to use it everywhere? [closed]

My customer recently discovered what is URL Rewriting, without completely understanding what it is, how it works and the pros and cons of it. Now, he asks for lots of strange changes in actual ...

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