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Phill W.
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235 votes

Why are unit tests failing seen as bad?

133 votes
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Are database unique indexes a mask on bad scripting?

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Is it best practice to deploy a project to the server file by file manually?

62 votes

Should I use DATE or VARCHAR in storing dates in MySQL?

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Testing the wording of an Exception message

25 votes

How can I make a call with a boolean clearer? Boolean Trap

24 votes

Why does the relational model for a database matter?

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Is using Exceptions at the highest level of a program considered bad practice?

22 votes

Why is "Select * from table" considered bad practice

22 votes

Exception propagation: When should I catch exceptions?

19 votes

Better solutions than joining table for Many to Many?

18 votes

Should I accept empty collections in my methods that iterate over them?

18 votes

How to reduce a switch in a switch statement?

18 votes

Is it acceptable to copy and paste long but straightforward code instead of wrapping them into a class or function?

18 votes

Advantages and disadvantages of using bit masks in database

16 votes

What is the purpose of a dedicated build machine?

15 votes

Is the 'finally' portion of a 'try ... catch ... finally' construct/structure even necessary?

15 votes

Securing sensitive data from developers

14 votes

Is it ever okay to use lists in a relational database?

12 votes
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Why does VBA / VBScript require "Set" prefix

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Should I unit test my subclasses or my abstract parent class?

8 votes

Are clean coding rules less relevant for large open source projects?

8 votes

Methods of debugging code (Nightmare situation)

7 votes
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Is it a bad practice to have a "record status" column in a database table?

7 votes
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C#/VB struct – how to avoid case with zero default values, which is considered invalid for given structure?

7 votes

Does C++ compiler remove/optimize useless parentheses?

7 votes
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Should "add" methods return the update object? [Java - Clean Code & Best practices]

7 votes

Is it good to store comma-separated values in single column?

7 votes

What's the general option on passing a boolean parameter in a method or constructor in OOP languages?

6 votes

Are there any guidelines about making SQL queries easier to comprehend?

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