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Questions tagged [development-process]

For questions relating to the process of developing software.

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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

I'm a junior developer that is given the ability to help shape my team's processes if I can justify the change, and if it helps the team get work done. This is new for me as my past companies more or ...
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What is the difference between Software Project Management Process and Software Development Process?

What is the difference between Software Project Management Process, and Software Development Process, or Software Life Cycle?
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How to promote my open-source code manipulation library? [closed]

I am a programmer and I spend much of my time reverse-engineering software and writing website automation tools. I wanted to have a better way of writing lexers and parsers because it is really ...
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Turning a personal Python project into a releasable library

I'm an academic rather than a programmer, and I have many years' experience writing Python programs for my own use, to support my research. My latest project is likely to be useful to many others as ...
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Stopping endless technical discussions and making a decision

I always come across people who like to bang on for ages over the smallest "technical things". Don't get me wrong, I'm a geek programmer who loves what I do, but you know the type of conversation. ...
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Does it make sense to draw business processes when designing a software solution

We are working with the design of the software. It is piece already working developed from scratch again. My managers are telling me to draw the business processes. I doubt in this due the fact that ...
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How to organise development process with AWS DataPipeline?

I'm introducing a Redshift for my team and it becomes a challenge to make a solid development process, so I need some info how to deal with it. First, of all some info about current layout. We are ...
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When is it better to optimize a software for better performance, at the beginning or at the end of the development?

I'm a junior software developer and I was wondering when would be the best time to optimize a software for better performance (speed). Assuming the software is not extremely large and complex to ...
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Is there any good reason for not using the issue tracker 'properly'?

I am used to treating the issue tracker as a source of truth and an organisational memory. I use it to record what the issue is and what has been done towards resolving it. I consider this to be ...
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Git branching model for teams with develop, test and deploy phases

A developed piece of code goes these phases in our team: Developers write the code Then they send it to testers If tests pass, then testers send the change/new feature/bugfix to operations team for ...
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Will introducing a long standing Dev branch create unnecessary maintenance overhead?

I am seeing bad practices occurring in our version control where my colleagues are creating their own versioning system with stored procedures so that they can compare results before/after changes and ...
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What are the barriers that prevent widespread adoption of formal methods? [closed]

Formal methods can be used to specify, prove and generate code for an application. This is less prone to errors - thus mostly used in safety/critical programs. Why don't we use it more often for ...
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Machine learning applied to code development

My background is in mechanical engineering, so please forgive my ignorance to this area. I really enjoy programming and software development. Also, I recently took a free online Machine Learning (ML) ...
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How do you create a software process for a project?

As I've written about in other questions here, the project that I'm working on now has no software process. That means no documentation (including hard copy requirements or specification), no source ...
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How can I avoid always feeling like if I completely rebuilt my program from scratch I'd do it much better? [closed]

I have learned a significant amount of coding, however, it's always been in a scientific environment (not computer science), completely self-taught without anyone to guide me in the right direction. ...
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Why directly edit binary files?

This may be a naive question, but I wonder when and why (non-research) developers would directly edit a binary file. It seems like the only good reason to use one is to create a kludge when you need ...
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What is the difference between agile and incremental development process models

As the title implies , what is the difference between these both concepts? According to my understanding , Agile software process uses increments , where some requirements are first implemented and ...
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Why programs developed using incremental approach are difficult to maintain? [closed]

I am confused , Why Software that are developed using the evolutionary approach are harder to be maintained ?
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How to avoid typo errors, etc?

For the first time I have been coding for an open-source software where all my work gets reviewed before being commited. I understand reviewing work isn't an easy task, so I don't like to waste ...
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What Software Delivery Guidelines are appropriate when outsourcing?

I started working at a very small company that regularly (not too often) has to outsource some software developments. The external suppliers than have to deliver something. As I now have seen is that ...
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What is “egoless programming”?

I first heard this term about fifteen years ago. My understanding is similar to that described in the Wikipedia article and a TechRepublic article: you work with your colleagues in a "friendly, ...
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Should I be unit testing during prototyping/preparing for beta?

I am developing a web application for an industry that desperately needs it. Working with a consultant in the industry, I’ve rapidly developed a prototype in 2 months that we will be testing with a ...
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How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?

We, as programmers, are constantly being asked 'How long will it take'? And you know, the situation is almost always like this: The requirements are unclear. Nobody has done an in depth analysis of ...
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Developing and debugging microservices locally

The use case: I am working on a microservice based architecture and I am wondering how I am supposed to debug a microservice (with my IDE attached to it) on my local machine where I develop it. The ...
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How to ensure that solution will be delivered in time in accordance with the estimates?

Very often developers are asked to provide estimates (at least rough ones) when a solution or feature will be ready. What steps development team should take to ensure that estimated solution will be ...
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What is the difference between use case, user requirements and user stories? [closed]

I'm wondering what the difference is, and at what stage these different terms are used within the Agile/Scrum methodology? use case, user requirements and user stories Am I right in thinking they ...
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What's the practical development cycle of a large project when a full build is prohibitively long

Projects like webkit, Linux kernel and many others take over ten minutes if not hours for a full build. What's the practical development cycle for these large projects? Specifically, how does a ...
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How to implement a development process with college students

At my first job as a software developer, my team used agile/scrum to manage our project workflow and it worked pretty good. I had some experienced mentors who set me on the right track - I owe them a ...
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How do you efficiently keep your tests working as you redesign?

A well-tested codebase has a number of benefits, but testing certain aspects of the system results in a codebase that is resistant to some types of change. An example is testing for specific output--...
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What is a good definition of “clear code” for a checklist (specifically Scrum definition of done)?

My manager wants us to complete a checklist for a Definition of Done, where the checklist items are short. What is a good way to phrase "code is clear" that might better imply that the code is ...
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Why to let / not let developers test their own work

I want to gather some arguments as to why letting a developer testing his/her own work as the last step before the product goes into production is a bad idea, because unfortunately, my place of work ...
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Strategy for keeping secret info such as API keys out of source control?

I'm working on a website that will allow users to log in using OAuth credentials from the likes of Twitter, Google, etc. To do this, I have to register with these various providers and get a super-...
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How do you keep your unit tests working when refactoring?

In another question, it was revealed that one of the pains with TDD is keeping the testing suite in sync with the codebase during and after refactoring. Now, I'm a big fan of refactoring. I'm not ...
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Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?

After watching National Geographic's MegaStructures series, I was surprised how fast large projects are completed. Once the preliminary work (design, specifications, etc.) is done on paper, the ...
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Why create a Logger object instead of using static logging methods across an application?

Taking an example of a simple Ruby on Rails application. It creates a Logger object during application load process: # in environment.rb config.logger = Logger.new(<STDOUT | file | whatever>) #...
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Second step of BDD - write “failing scenario step”, does it mean the test for it?

Knowing that BDD somehow avoids using the term "test", I am trying to understand the process as described in a book called The Journey to Enterprise Agility: Systems Thinking and Organizational Legacy....
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Avoid or minimize merge conflicts while using NuGet and GitFlow

Here's our problem - we have several solutions with multiple projects using our own nuget packages. We're following GitFlow, but not SemVer. Every time we're developing bigger feature or epic we want ...
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Should integration test be included in continuous integration (CI)?

Assume that we are developing a web application, and Hudson does typical jobs such as compile, unit test and static code analysis. But the tricky part is: Hudson deploys and starts up application ...
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Write some code and plague it with anti-patterns or not write it at all, any escape from this dilemma for a beginner? [duplicate]

I am now working on a project that started as university homework and actually, still is a university homework (not turned in yet...) and, if I'm successfull (that doesn't mean turning it in and ...
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How to manage multiple NuGet packages in GitHub and Artifactory?

My colleagues and I are in the process of re-architecting our system. The old system is a ASP.NET monolith using TFS for source control. The new system is made up of ASP.NET Core microservices using ...
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When should development branches be created?

We are moving our project's team from using a single Main/Trunk branch, to multiple Development/Work branches that should be regularly merged into Main. We're basing our new process on this article ...
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Design/Process in respect to mission-critical systems (Web Services)

Overview For company abc, teams are separated in terms of mission-critical applications and their extended applications. For example, customer xyz uses mission-critical data, but there are business ...
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How to make the most out of a beginner-level development team?

I now find myself in a scenario, mentoring no more than 8 beginner-level developers and tasked with the development of a reasonably complex SPA website. It is to be developed using React (which the ...
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Does code generation increase the code quality?

Arguing for code generation, I am looking for some examples of ways in which it increases code quality. To clarify what I mean by code generation, I can talk only about a project of mine: We use XML ...
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What is the most effective/efficient way to develop an application with multiple people without source control?

Introduction to my situation I work for a small web development company. We have a team of four ASP.NET developers, including me. Almost all of our projects (> 98%) are one-person projects that take ...
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Python build system

Currently our Python application is deployed like this: Development team work on issues, commit code and create a Pull request Pull request is integrated to Development branch QA and Operations team ...
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CRISP-DM, which phase and tasks relate to User Acceptance Testing?

EDIT: The project is about creating an algorithm for Procedural Content Generation for a videogame. The actual game is secondary to the algorithm. It must be something basic to test the Procedural ...
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Should we assign version numbers for internal releases?

In our environment: Internal releases are those which went through testing process. Builds either pass or fail. External releases are those which are delivered to users. For external releases, ...
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Agile methodology in pure technical terms

I often hear about agility processes, but it seems to me that it is (nearly) always tied to team organization and delivery processes. It (nearly, once again) never comes to the bottom of the bottle: ...
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Justifications for developing applications that work on beta versions of iOS?

I'm a participant of the Apple Developer Program and have been downloading and testing beta versions of iOS for a number of years now. When updating to a new iOS version I sometimes notice that a ...