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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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Is there such a thing as having too many private functions/methods?

I understand the importance of well documented code. But I also understand the importance of self-documenting code. The easier it is to visually read a particular function, the faster we can move on ...
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Are there problems with using Reflection?

I don't know why, but I always feel like I am "cheating" when I use reflection - maybe it is because of the performance hit I know I am taking. Part of me says, if it is part of the language you are ...
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Simple vs Complex (but performance efficient) solution - which one to choose and when?

I have been programming for a couple of years and have often found myself at a dilemma. There are two solutions - one is simple one i.e. simple approach, easier to understand and maintain. It ...
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Do Programmers sometimes intentionally over complicate code? [closed]

It seems alot of times on stackoverflow, that people (programmers especially) tend to over complicate a solution to a problem to where the solution is vastly much more complicated then the original ...
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Why is test driven development missing from Joel's Test?

I was reading this blog by Joel Spolsky about 12 steps to better code. The absence of Test Driven Development really surprised me. So I want to throw the question to the Gurus. Is TDD not really worth ...
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11answers
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Why is using System.out.println() so bad? [closed]

Of course, it is very good use to use a logging framework for the error messages or warnings. But sometimes I use System.out.println() if I want to try something new in a short time. Is it really so ...
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Descriptive naming vs. 80 character lines [closed]

I frequently hear these two valuable programming practices: (1) lines of code should be 80 characters or less and (2) use descriptive names for variables, methods, classes, etc. I understand the ...
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Should a programmer take writing lessons to enhance code expressiveness?

Given that programmers are authors and write code to express abstract thoughts and concepts, and good code should be read by other programmers without difficulties and misunderstandings, should a ...
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2answers
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What is the best approach for inline code comments?

We are doing some refactoring to a 20 years old legacy codebase, and I'm having a discussion with my colleague about the comments format in the code (plsql, java). There is no a default format for ...
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12answers
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What to do with a not well organized application? [duplicate]

I'm a newly graduate programmer and just got hired before my graduation. In the office, I used to create and revise modules of some applications developed by other programmers in our company. The ...
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Should a method do one thing and be good at it? [duplicate]

"Extract Till You Drop" is someting I've read in Uncle Bob's blog, meaning that a method should do one thing alone be good at it. What is that one thing? When should you stop extracting methods? ...
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What is considered best practice for printing usage / help (--help)?

When writing tools for the CLI of UNIX, how should I make the program print out help and/or usage? I usually use fprintf(stderr, "help text here");, but there are several issues with that. First, I'...
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Entry level engineer question regarding memory management

It has been a few months since I started my position as an entry level software developer. Now that I am past some learning curves (e.g. the language, jargon, syntax of VB and C#) I'm starting to ...
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Should you ever use private on fields and methods in C#?

I am somewhat new to C# and just found out that: in C# all of the fields and methods in a class are default private. Meaning that this: class MyClass { string myString } is the same as: class ...
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6answers
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How to write good code with new stuff? [closed]

I always try to write easily readable code that is well structured. I face a particular problem when I am messing around with something new. I keep changing the code, structure and so many other ...
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The concept of “quality gates” in software testing

We are using SonarQube for code quality testing. It tests the quality of code, and not the function of code. It has the concept of quality gates, so you can set for instance a 90% quality gate, ...
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5answers
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Why would a developer create a public class that has all static properties?

A previous developer has a couple public classes that do not inherit from any other classes but are filled with static properties. Is this another way of creating a struct or enum? Is this an older or ...
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1answer
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What are the practical examples of code exploration techniques?

Code Exploration (CE) is quite a new term and I wonder if there already any successful examples of implementing this techniques in terms of Continuous Integration principles? In short, Code ...
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4answers
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A DTO class having an ArrayList of its own type - is this considered a good design?

I came across a DTO class like the below one. class PersonDTO { private String firstName; private String middleName; private String lastName; private String dob; // some 50 fields ...
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1answer
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If TDD is design, how do you know your TDD is well designed? [duplicate]

Given a large group (50+) of programmers: All given the same problem, All using Test-Driven Development (TDD), All pair programming, All doing group-based code review, I have personally seen the ...
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3answers
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Is there a limit on how many global consts are used before an application is considered bad programming?

Basically, I develop websites, some large with many crud operations, etc... However I've gotten into the habit of storing re-usable data as a constant in my PHP applications I currently have 44 ...
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8answers
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Declaring functions in order to avoid explicit nested loops

My programming professor has told me that it is a good programming practice (at least in C/C++) to declare a function with the inner loop when nesting loops (not for loops, since when, i.e. looping ...
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1answer
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Suggestions on refactoring a poorly written ASP.Net MVC web application [closed]

I have recently "inherited" a project written in ASP.Net MVC which has quite a few issues and I'm looking for suggestions on how to go about refactoring the code. The technical issues found so far ...
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3answers
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Development Time: sql in UI code vs domain model with datamapper

First, sorry for my English guys. Currently this is my first programming job. I am labeled as the most incompetent programmer in my company that's because they measure the performance and ...
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6answers
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Why sacrificing good software engineering practices is typically the first choice for software development projects assuming “good enough” quality [duplicate]

I have observed a correlation between a customer ordering software of "good enough" quality and the same customer not willing to pay for good engineering practices (unit testing, code reviews and the ...
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1answer
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How much trouble can the use of Singleton class as Model cause?

In my latest WPF applications I've been using a Singleton class, that I call Model, to contain all my application's logic, such as file reading, information handling, etc.. In the WPF Views or ...
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4answers
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Should I comment or remove any un-used code from my Solution?

I was working in a story and in last minute, I have been asked to hide something from UI and we will used it next release. Should i remove it or comment it Should i remove or comment anything ...
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0answers
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Is it a good idea to mix Kotlin and Java in an existing Java project? [on hold]

I work in a team looking to adopt Kotlin in an old Java codebase (500,000 lines of code, some parts are up to 20 years old). Due to the size of the project, we're considering using Kotlin for all new ...
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4answers
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File exists vs. File does not exist. Is there a difference in performance?

Let's say I am checking a directory for the existence of a file, and then depending on whether or not the file exists, I act accordingly. For example, see the two Python snippets below. if os.path....
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2answers
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Preventing ip resolvers in a skype-like program

I'm currently in the process of creating a Skype-like program, that uses a hybrid peer to peer system to communicate between users (i.e. server contains all users IPs, a client that wants to connect ...
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1answer
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Good fix vs Quick fix [duplicate]

Let's start from this principle: quality is a feature that you can't add to a project in the middle of the development process. This is the scenario: two weeks to go live with my project and, one of ...
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1answer
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What are the key areas to evaluate software (codebase) on? [closed]

I have been asked to do a code review of about 50 applications over a period of 6 weeks. (Management has changed and the new CTO asked for an full internal software audit) I am wondering, what are ...
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5answers
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Automatic sorting of class/module members and its possible impact on productivity and code quality [closed]

Recently I saw some possibilities of some IDEs (via plugins) to sort members of their classes/modules based on some criteria, sou you could have everything sorted automaticaly no matter where you ...
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3answers
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Writing quality code [closed]

I know there are many books on writing clean, modular, readable and whatever else you can say but frankly speaking I find it very hard to remember every advice given on those books. Frankly speaking ...