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Can I ask a question about the best way to use an HTML-based interface in a standalone app here?

I've always written my interfaces in the language's native components (Forms in VB/VC#/VC++, Swing/JavaFX in Java, HTML+CSS+JS in webpages, etc.), but with my next project I want to try writing the ...
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Question about programmers` toolbox [duplicate]

I know that SE generally frowns on open discussions and opinion polls. I also understand that SE is not (yet) the only place on the net for Q&A. So, if you don't like the rules, ... What is ...
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Are questions about HR approaches to hiring *specifically* programmers on topic?

I was considering asking a question about programmer skill not correlating to experience versus HR/job offers pretty much defined by their "years of experience" qualifiers. It may still be too broad ...
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Am I allowed to ask “How to get started” questions here? [duplicate]

By this, I don't mean questions about how to get started as a programmer. Instead, when I want to implement something new, can I ask for advice on how to tackle the problem? For example, do questions ...
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Is question about user interface optimization on topic?

I have made dialog box that hosts a lot of various controls ( around 50 ) using C++ and raw WinAPI. Although my application works, I still wish to somehow reduce the number of controls I use in a ...
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Two sample specific questions about books and tools

Would be the following questions acceptable on Programmers site: Few years ago book XYZ by AuthorSoAndSo was considered the book on ABC. Is it still the case? Has it become outdated? In job posts I ...
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Is this a good place to ask a question I have about programming? [duplicate]

I have asked the same question twice about a program on python and it keeps getting put on hold and i thought this was a good place to ask programming questions and I just wanted to make sure.
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Is “Are there existing formal standards targeted to airbag controlling software?” on-topic on “Programmers”?

Is the following an on-topic question on Programmers? Are there existing formal standards targeted to airbag controlling software? I think for example at IEC 62304. To give a bit of context: I ...
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Is this question appropriate for the Programmers Stack Exchange?

Is this question appropriate for the Programmers Stack Exchange site? If not, is there a Stack Exchange site frequented by folks in the software industry where this question would be appropriate? ...
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Should I ask my question about which data structure to use here?

My understanding of Programmers.SE (as opposed to SO) is that SO is for implementation problems - "I'm trying to do foo by baring my baz but it isn't working", while Programmers is for whiteboard ...
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Would be a question about a particular free on-line class be on-topic here?

I'm an experienced programmer. Now I'm venturing into Big Data domain where my knowledge is extremely limited. I would like to take a course on a particular subject in this area. I have already ...
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Can I ask this question about the effectiveness of a mathematical programming concept?

I'm thinking of doing an experiment with a JS program to utilize Japanese Multiplication, and I want to ask whether or not a software math shortcut is actually a shortcut at all. To be clear, I'm ...
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Question about levelling skills as a software developer

I want to ask a question about the resources available for a self-taught developer to level skills and conceptual understanding with a professional CS undergraduate curriculum. Is this a suitable ...
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Updated /help/on-topic Page in Help Center

Following a Meta discussion and some discussions in our chat room to iron out some finer points, we have completed an update to the "What topics can I ask about here?" page of our Help Center. Here ...
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Should the Close Reasons be added to the Help Center/On-Topic article?

I am a moderator on Stack Overflow. I got tired of getting into extended conversations with people who read the phrase "practical, answerable problems that are unique to software development" as tacit ...
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Are Design Review questions on-topic?

There is a gray area between Software Engineering & Code Review regarding design reviews. Code Review's on-topic page explicitly calls out design reviews as off-topic. However, if your ...
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About good quality and kind of questions in “Programmers”

Just a newbie here and I also read a lot about the difference between "Programmers" and "StackOverFlow". Yes, for a new-comer it's really careful and easy to be confused. So what I continue wanna know ...
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Is quality of a question determined solely by the question itself or the content it generates?

This question is prompted by some of the discussion in How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions? Specifically, what MichaelT wrote to JensG and the ...
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Would my question be on topic for Programmers?

I have looked through What topics can I ask about here? in the help-centre. If I were to define a category for my question I would go with freelancing and business concerns. On the other hand I have ...
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Where can I ask about dojo interview questions?

I'm going to attend a dojo interview by this week. But google doesn't help me to find the list of dojo interview questions. I just wanted to know whether this site is a best place to ask interview ...
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Are self-answered “best option” questions allowed here?

I'm often faced with architectural questions wherein I have one or two general solutions in mind. Would it be off-topic for P.SE to post something like, What might the ER's for X look like to ensure ...
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Is asking “what is the technical term for this” on-topic?

I am writing a Python script for downloading a website for offline viewing and changing the links in the downloaded webpages for proper links between the downloaded webpages. I don't know the ...
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Algorithms topic question

I have a question about a business problem that I could not find its appropriate algorithm that can resolve it. Is my question on or off topic ? the question is here
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Off-topic? Asking whether a Kerberos programming tool exists

Would the question below be acceptable on Programmers? If not, how could it be salvaged? I am a programmer, and want to test my client software for Kerberos compatibility. I need a Kerberos server to ...
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Difference between programmers and cs.stackexchange

I recently found cs.stackexchange and have been confused with the difference between programmers and cs. The about page of cs isn't very detailed and only mentions specific issues with computer ...
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“How to avoid null” question

Does a canonical "how should I avoid passing around null" question exist on programmers.SE? I tried searching but couldn't find any good candidates.
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What are examples of “freelancing and business concerns” that are unique to software development, but do not require expertise in business or law?

Back in February, there was a discussion about the "freelancing and business concerns" bullet point in the list of things that are on-topic. All four answers identified that this was somewhat ...
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Are questions about collecting payment from a client for freelance work on topic?

This question is posed in terms of ASP.NET, but (in my opinion) is really about collecting payment. (See xy problem) Are questions about collecting payment for freelance work on topic? The FAQ lists "...
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Is this resource request question on-topic?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/194414/what-psychological-factors-account-for-readability was asked after a related question was closed. gnat posted a comment that detailed: ...
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Are questions about app stores on-topic here? [closed]

This has been discussed before, but the App Stores proposal is inching closer to fulfilling the commitment requirements and I'd like to raise the topic again just to see if anything has changed in the ...
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Are career questions acceptable or not? [duplicate]

faq says it is not about career advice, salary or compensation, I see lots of career questions asked on programmers.stackexchange, some closed, many not. For example, https://...
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Let's make getting started/resource questions on topic [duplicate]

Per Yannis' suggestion, I decided to go through the list of closed questions, pick out some specific examples, and make a detailed case for why those questions should be welcomed on the site. The ...
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Is this the right forum for web development & design?

I have just asked a question on web dev at ProWebMasters StackExchange regarding Internet Explorer CSS issues. I'm not sure which is the right forum for web dev & web design? Also if anyone can ...
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Is programming history on topic?

History questions are on topic on Programmers, but have proven to be particularly troublesome: It's not uncommon for history questions to get closed (and re-opened, and closed, ...) It's not uncommon ...
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We've got to talk about Freelancing and Business Concerns

In the FAQ, I see Freelancing and Business Concerns as being on topic but I routinely see these types of questions closed. While I understand the office politics and localized situations are off-topic,...
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How Basic is Too Basic?

Straight from the FAQ: Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. What ...
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Is a question about research material on-topic? [duplicate]

There's a discussion in the comments on this question about empirical support for commenting code to the effect that "resource request" questions are off-topic. It refers to Why did a question about ...
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How is a market research question off topic?

I recently asked a question about very development-specific market research: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/187476/how-to-do-market-research-for-plugins-to-proprietary-...
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Flags and close votes based on ethical or moral issues

I believe that we should not use flags or close votes to enforce content that is legitimately on topic, yet has potential ethical or moral issues involved. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange....
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Why is this question not relevant? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/184039/what-would-be-a-good-entry-level-programming-job None of my first 3 questions is relevant. I thought Programmers Stack Exchange is to ...
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Are word origin questions on-topic?

The latest example is here: Why are actual parameters called "arguments"? Note that the OP is not asking for the difference between "parameters" and "arguments," or even what the word ...
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Are there a subset of tool questions that are appropriate for Software Engineering? [duplicate]

I'm mainly looking at this question and the list of things that are on-topic in our FAQ: algorithm and data structure concepts design patterns developer testing development methodologies ...
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Discussion on if questions about EULA's are on topic

It seems as if there is enough debate about this that I wanted to start a discussion about if EULA's are currently considered on topic, and if they are should they be. Can an EULA restrict what you ...
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Why did a question about programming books get closed on Programmers.SE?

So, today I wrote a question that follows the general pattern for book questions on Programmers (Is there a canonical book on [x]?) about a topic that's definitely related to programming (data ...
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Is this question about the intricacies of Apple's distribution process on-topic?

How to Release to the App Store as an Individual I've written an iOS app, and I'd like to release it on to the App Store. I'm an individual so it's not being released via a company or anything, ...
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Do we accept “What price should I charge” questions?

How can I determine how to charge for supporting SharePoint sites and SharePoint development? I recently created a site in SharePoint and I need to setup a maintenance/support agreement for the ...
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Are general NDA questions on-topic?

There is some controversy about this question. There have been multiple questions about non-disclosure agreements. A quick look at the tag shows that many of them are open, even though just as many of ...
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Questions about design approach and technologies

Since I spend most of my time on Stack Overflow and MSO, I'm already know my question is off topic on SO. Since I don't spend nearly as much time on this site, I wanted to ask about whether a ...
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Why are “reference request” questions off topic?

My question was closed. Robert Harvey says: Questions asking for links to external resources are more or less off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network. That's what search engines are for. "...
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Are questions regarding micro-controller appropriate?

I found no site in SE for micro-controller programming. The proposed site for Embeded systems is closed down due to lack of "good response". This being a programmers' site, it is the next logical ...