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According to Wikipedia, Future-proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events.

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Fighting the half-life of code

I am building a small application that supports a research project. My goal is to make the code to be painlessly executable and readable on as many operating systems as long as possible. My reasoning ...
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term for errors which occur when running code with new data, when older data was used to develop/test the code [closed]

I'm writing code to clean and process a large number of transcript text files. My code will be re-used in the future to process additional files which do not yet exist. Future files will take on the ...
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Archival-quality future-proof pseudo-CPU architecture

Suppose we maintain a massive electronic library of texts/photos/videos etc., and want to ensure that these files are readable indefinitely long in the future. [Update] one of the major problems with ...
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How can I prepare my platform to drastically expand for the future?

Preface I'm currently building a very small scale platform I plan on bringing into a trial-production phase here within the next month. As of now, it's just a simple web application. It contains ...
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Binding an interface on top of third-party modules to develop future-proofed and scalable apps

Every day a couple of new javascript modules are created and published around the world and we need to think long term. Let's say today I need to use an ORM module to go smooth and fast. But tomorrow ...
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Multi platform GUI with a python/C++ core

I am aware of the existence of several threads on the topic, but I am looking for fresh hand-on experience, that I was unable to find. I have an application written in C++ (core, linear algebra and ...
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Developing web applications for long lifespan (20+ years)

I'm currently developing a web application for government land planning. The application runs mostly in the browser, using ajax to load and save data. I will do the initial development, and then ...
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How are academics planning to solve the bottlenecks of binary computer's programming in the upcoming years? [closed]

Programming is complex. And throughout the years new technologies emerge that lay/depend upon older technologies, resulting in the need for deeper knowledge in a broad set of technologies in order to ...
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Should I add redundant code now just in case it may be needed in the future?

Rightly or wrongly, I'm currently of the belief that I should always try to make my code as robust as possible, even if this means adding in redundant code / checks that I know won't be of any use ...
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Decimal vs. Integer; Given a fixed range of values, which is preferable for accurate computation?

After getting into a "heated discussion" with someone, I figured I'd ask this question for the sake of posterity. I'm willing to be corrected if my assumption is incorrect but I'd like to hear a ...
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How far to go when future proofing fluent-method-chained-DSL test code?

Is it worth implementing interfaces, or using the getThis() trick, or even static factory methods to future proof against the need to extend this DSL? The current design is a pair of thin fluent-...
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What is the traditional way to maintain extensibility in a database-driven application like this?

I'm working on a simple application for a game in Java that allows a user to record whether they have collected a given item and how much experience it contains. This will work for multiple item types ...
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Is there a well grounded theory on backward and forward compatibility of formats, languages, grammars and vocabularies?

I have a friend who has the specific problem of building a case against the use of a custom HTML <wrapper> tag in some site's markup. Now, intuitively we can answer that use of such a tag is ...
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Keep it simple now, or program with the future in mind?

I'm currently coding a new application for my company that is rather involved. To meet the deadline, the functionality has been toned down quite a bit so that we can have something ready to go for ...
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Decoupling Threads

It's not uncommon to hear of decoupling the UI from program logic, or database design/access from program logic...or even program logic from itself. However, I've never heard of an approach to ...
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Will real world applications ever need a 128-bit flat address space?

This is a bit "one megabyte should be enough for anyone", but... A 64-bit flat address space allows up to 4.3ish billion times more space than a 32-bit address space. That's 17,179,869,184 GiB. ...