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Questions tagged [metadata]

Metadata is data about data, such as when it was created, and by whom, and how it is stored.

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Metadata evolution considerations?

As application evolves, so does the metadata. What are the top considerations for transitioning into a more refined metadata schema? Two example cases, which in my opinion are quite archetypal. Case ...
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Managing an index of file metadata on a network share

What is a good way of setting up a "shared index" of file metadata, when there can be no shared process such as a database server? I'll explain the scenario: A server contains M (say 10000) large ...
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How to handle custom metadata in XML?

Backstory I have an XML type document (SSML, which is used forText-To-Speech), which will be used to generate audio files when ssh transferred to a remote server. As such, I will need to include ...
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Is there a situation where it would be better to use weak references instead of simple composition?

Although the Java docs specify, that Weak references are primarily for canonicalizing mappings, you will find many, many, many people on the internet stating, that the WeakHashMap is perfect for ...
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What is the proper way to track my build versions in Qt?

Basically what I need in my project is a number of some sort that iterates itself every time I build my project, and that I can output by my program. So for example, when generating audio, I need to ...
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Meta-driven application an anti-pattern in MVC context?

I am working with Ruby on Rails at work and have been reading the Pragmatic Programmer on the side. I was given the task to create some small registration application with ~10 form fields. From my ...
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How to design a meta model for configuration? [closed]

In our software we have a client/server architecture where the server is actually running on an embedded system with various hardware components (sensors, etc.). The different sensors as well as other ...
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Is there a standard project metadata / dependency file for Python?

In my Node.JS projects, I save my project metadata into package.json: dependencies, version number, author, description, and so on. This makes it so anyone can clone my project and run npm install to ...
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What metadata do files contain? [closed]

I know when a file is created date information such as date created, last modified, last opened, is automatically updated as meta data on that file. Is there other meta data though? Specifically, is ...
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What metadada to save and whether to include it inside the binary file?

I'm wondering if there are any general guidelines or best practices regarding when to split data into a metadata format, as oppose to directly embedding it within the data. (Specific example below). ...