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Computer software, or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it.

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Why follow IETF standards?

I'm struggling to understand how the IETF is a "standards organization" but the standards are "voluntary" meaning there is no civil or criminal penalties for not following the ...
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Technical perspective vs managerial perspective in software failures [closed]

I am learning about various causes that lead to software failures. So far, two prominent causes of failures seem to be managerial and technical. An example of the resources I have looked at is this ...
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What Software Testing method is most appropriate when you have a client? [closed]

We were told to pick one kind of software testing method. Now, in our project, there are only 3 members, but the other one does not do much due to some constraints. What software testing method would ...
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Should customer class have the different function or should i include it in account class in my UML class diagram of banking system?

Should i include the different functions of open account, close account , withdraw in the customer class(as shown in the picture) or should i include it in the account class
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Are common design patterns applicable for microservice architectures?

As part of my master's thesis, I am currently working on a framework for building microservice-based service systems. Based on my research, I am able to define important design criteria that the ...
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What makes a program load so fast?

What makes programs like st, zathura, sxiv, and feh load instantly and what makes programs like VS Code and Google Chrome load so slowly in low-spec computers? For example, I have a low-spec laptop ...
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Desktop application: preventing abuse of online license scheme?

Software companies like Autodesk, Adobe, etc all offer online licensing schemes with the following features: (1) to use the software, you must login from your workstation to activate your license (2) ...
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How should I handle software requirements as a developer?

I'm a junior web developer at my first company. We have a business analyst that communicates with the sales team and developers. The business analyst is responsible in creating specifications for the ...
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Building a program that truly deletes everything

We all know that if we delete a file, the operating system is recycling it but doesn't actually delete it. It just removes it from the directory indexes, and until the data is needed and overwritten, ...
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How to explain a software bug to a child [closed]

When I buy a house or a car, the product is already completely ready. It's very seldom that an error will be noticed later by the customer. In software engineering, on the other hand, errors (bugs) ...
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Do we still use modular subsystems with object-oriented models?

I have been reading some old design books (SSADM, JSD.etc) on software engineering that deal mainly with a procedural view of creating systems. I was just wondering if we still use these old ...
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How to create description of internal component behaviour?

I am looking for a way to technically describe the behavior of the internal components of the implemented system. I need to be able to describe all the components and the behavior between them: ...
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Questions about software versioning

I have a small doubt regarding the software versioning, I know that there are many ways to do it, but the most common is with numbers and with a length of 3 to 4 digits, I know what each of the ...
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How to return an new Object as Value ?[Sequence Diagram]

within the sequence diagram it is possible to return a value, with return of a method edge, however this is usually done with a simple numeric or string value. Is it possible to return a whole object? ...
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Are Git repository and software repository same things?

What I've read A Git repository is the . git/ folder inside a project. This repository tracks all changes made to files in your project, building a history over time. (Source) Repository: A collection ...
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How to design "define-by-run" API?

I am amazed by the way APIs of some machine learning packages are designed, namely Chainer's and Pytorch's "define-by-run" API. Even Optuna, a hyper parameter tuning library has "define-...
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Could you help me understand what a problem domain is and how can I build my class diagram based on it?

So I just started studying Software Engineering because I am really interested in it and my professor in London asked us to create an app which is like Instagram (only theoretically, without the ...
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Copy protection for Windows software for the case "demo version vs. full version"

I have written a software as a student. All functionality was in the software and it was a 30 days fully functional version. After some years there were cracks around and my income was 10% of before. ...
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Productivity - Pushing towards 3 (at max 4) completed requests followed by code commits in a span of 8 hour interval on novel support requests

Situation Right now, I am at a point of realization, that at my present position I am not completing requests with regular interval, have spaced out request completion. But to approach my true ...
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Is the UML diagram a good solution for project design and documentation? [duplicate]

I want to lead an Angular + NodeJS project. As this is my first experience, I thought about using UML diagram as both designing/architecting the project and also the project's documentation. But I am ...
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What is the difference between the terms 'Virtual' and 'Logical'?

What do people mean when they say 'Logical' in terms like Logical separation, Logical partition, Logical grouping etc. in software ? I know what 'Virtual' means, it means something that does not ...
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Why are software requirements allowed to change if it means more work for software engineers? [closed]

In many projects, software requirements change, sometimes meaning we software engineers have to throw out our work and start over. Heck, we have entire methodologies built around the assumption that ...
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Best way to make trialware

I want to make an app that runs for 30 days and then stops. The platform is Windows or linux. The following approaches seem feasible but can be broken: Use system time: Easily broken by changing ...
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First time having users - how to deal with backwards compatibility?

I'm reaching out with the following situation: I'm the author of an application that saves a file format to disk. There are real users using the application in their workflows. Frequently, I want to ...
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Prove that Feature Flags turned off Items in Production Environment

We want to implement Feature Deploy Flags, so Development Application Environment will have a new Product feature Toggled on. And Release and Production Environment Webpage, it is turned off. Its ...
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What Design Patterns for encouraging component reuse?

One of the major issues that I am facing as a Website and App developer, is that certain components / features have to be redeveloped over and over again with a new project. For instance login, signup,...
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What is the meaning of the quote: "A bug in the code is worth two in the documentation."?

As I boot up Eclipse for C++ with the "Darkest Dark Theme with DevStyle" installed, it spits out quotes--one per day. Yesterday's was: A bug in the code is worth two in the documentation. ...
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What memory cleaner software exactly do? [closed]

You must have seen them as applications on mobile devices and I've been using one on mac OS. I was wondering what exactly memory cleaner software do? Do they free up memory in both ROM and RAM? And ...
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How to handle complex business logic permissions in the database?

I have a system in development and part of the system is how permissions are handled, business logic rules for this are very complex so after lots of trials, we couldn't fit them directly in the ...
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Can I make a separate use case and class diagram for each module?

I'm working on a project with 5 different modules. Should I make separate use case diagrams and class diagrams for each module or should I make all-in-one use case diagram and all-in-one class diagram?...
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Design solution for updating different lists with common items

I needed some design suggestions for a tricky workflow we have to implement in our system: At a basic level the application allows users to work on a "list" of "items" she cares about To work on any ...
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If software engineering means making software for other domains when are you supposed to get the knowledge about that other domain?

I'm told that software is everywhere and therefore used in other domains. My question is if you're a software engineer working on software for lawyers or software for biologist when do you actually ...
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Do we draw the dataset as a secondary actor in a use case diagram?

I am working on a project to detect cancer and I am using deep learning (Convolutional neural network). In the user interface, the user has only to input an image number then click test when the user ...
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How do I find out all modifications made by installing software? [closed]

So I want to find out how to get a list of all modifications made by installing a piece of software. For example. If I install Word, I want to see all directories created, classes registered, dlls, ...
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Relationship between the concepts "Product Architecture" "Software Architecture" and "Software Stack"

I am doing a report for Uni on an application developed by the team I am in. We have to deliver-among other things- a Technical Solution Document along with the application. One of the sections of ...
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Developing your application as microservices or as a monolithic app - which is cheaper when deploying and scaling?

I am developing an application, and want to implement a certain functionality. I find that this can be done in the stack I am using, however it's hard to implement. I can create a microservice with ...
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UML Actor and Device Relationship

I am currently in the process of creating a use case digram for a new system that we are building and have stumbled upon an interesting scenario. The system has a number of primary actors which ...
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How to go from Simulink to embedded fixed-point DSP processor?

A library of audio algorithms is modeled, tested and verified in Simulink (graphical block diagramming tool). It needs to go from this existing Simulink models down to a multiple embedded platforms (...
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What steps should I take to become familiar with a new code base? [duplicate]

I've joined a small software development team to work on an existing code base. While I am tasking myself with learning the required programming languages and actually reading the code, I'm wondering ...
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Command-Query Separation non-compliance

Why does Java's V Map.put(K key, V value) not comply to the Command-Query Separation?
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what is the job of Design Phase of SDLC?

I am confused, from what i have read the design phase has nothing to do with how the software looks like and its about how it should be build in the next phase which is the developement phase? My ...
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Deploying a Customer Facing Enterprise App

I have a customer-facing enterprise app. (like AWS). Customers specify config on the app and relevant infrastructure is spun up along with my software on it. My CloudOps team, like the AWSCloudOps ...
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Executable VS. Software image

Need your help to clarify primitive concepts: In an embedded system, when a program runs on the processor (ARM as an example), in my understanding that it is because the "code to be executed" is ...
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How do I prove an app is mine? [closed]

So I am in the process of finishing an app (android for now), and I have a doubt about if I should have papers that proof that I made that app. Its the first time for me to publish an app, and I am ...
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Testing can detect the presence of error but not the absence of error, why? [closed]

I hear and see this statement almost in every academic book related to software engineering Testing can detect the presence of errors and not the absence of errors. But I do not get it clear. ...
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How is software made to run on thousands of computers

When you are done with programming, you may have used many libraries that you maybe had to buy, different software and tools and then when your run your programm, your programm compiles and calls ...
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OOP classes hierachies for aiding static checking justified?

upfront I develop software for big data applications of which use is beyond my control (it ends up with a user), but I am not a trained software developer. So I apologize for any wrong terminology. ...
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Why does Halstead's formula for estimated program length look like this?

According to the Halstead's software metrics: Estimated program length: Can you please explain me, why the formula uses logarithm to base 2? Why not something else? Why exactly logarithm? What’s ...
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Onion Architecture: Should Service Layer contain DB Context?

In Onion Architecture, we have repository layer which conducts Crud Operations (simple insert, delete, update). (Applying Entity Framework with database) Onion Architecture Additionally , we have ...
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Is it okay to use non-static getters and setters for static variables?

Will the following design prove hard to scale in the long run: class A { private static volatile boolean someFlag; public void setSomeFlag(boolean newFlag) { someFlag = newFlag; }...

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