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How to make a great R reproducible example

When discussing performance with colleagues, teaching, sending a bug report or searching for guidance on mailing lists and here on Stack Overflow, a reproducible example is often asked and always ...
209 votes
12 answers

What is a NullPointerException, and how do I fix it?

What are Null Pointer Exceptions (java.lang.NullPointerException) and what causes them? What methods/tools can be used to determine the cause so that you stop the exception from causing the program ...
6419 votes
43 answers

How do I return the response from an asynchronous call?

How do I return the response/result from a function foo that makes an asynchronous request? I am trying to return the value from the callback, as well as assigning the result to a local variable ...
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2773 votes
28 answers

How can I prevent SQL injection in PHP?

If user input is inserted without modification into an SQL query, then the application becomes vulnerable to SQL injection, like in the following example: $unsafe_variable = $_POST['user_input']; ...
2031 votes
35 answers

RegEx match open tags except XHTML self-contained tags

I need to match all of these opening tags: <p> <a href="foo"> But not these: <br /> <hr class="foo" /> I came up with this and wanted to make sure I've got it right. I am ...
1872 votes
27 answers

What is a NullReferenceException, and how do I fix it?

I have some code and when it executes, it throws a NullReferenceException, saying: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. What does this mean, and what can I do to fix this error?
3676 votes
31 answers

Is floating point math broken?

Consider the following code: 0.1 + 0.2 == 0.3 -> false 0.1 + 0.2 -> 0.30000000000000004 Why do these inaccuracies happen?
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723 votes
23 answers

How do I compare strings in Java?

I've been using the == operator in my program to compare all my strings so far. However, I ran into a bug, changed one of them into .equals() instead, and it fixed the bug. Is == bad? When should it ...
4232 votes
1 answer

The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List

This question attempts to collect the few pearls among the dozens of bad C++ books that are published every year. Unlike many other programming languages, which are often picked up on the go from ...
1334 votes
29 answers

"Notice: Undefined variable", "Notice: Undefined index", "Warning: Undefined array key", and "Notice: Undefined offset" using PHP

I'm running a PHP script and continue to receive errors like: Notice: Undefined variable: my_variable_name in C:\wamp\www\mypath\index.php on line 10 Notice: Undefined index: my_index C:\wamp\www\...
1719 votes
38 answers

What is an undefined reference/unresolved external symbol error and how do I fix it?

What are undefined reference/unresolved external symbol errors? What are common causes and how to fix/prevent them?
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2670 votes
14 answers

Why shouldn't I use mysql_* functions in PHP?

What are the technical reasons for why one shouldn't use mysql_* functions? (e.g. mysql_query(), mysql_connect() or mysql_real_escape_string())? Why should I use something else even if they work on ...
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751 votes
20 answers

PHP parse/syntax errors; and how to solve them

Everyone runs into syntax errors. Even experienced programmers make typos. For newcomers, it's just part of the learning process. However, it's often easy to interpret error messages such as: PHP ...
1675 votes
23 answers

Event binding on dynamically created elements?

I have a bit of code where I am looping through all the select boxes on a page and binding a .hover event to them to do a bit of twiddling with their width on mouse on/off. This happens on page ready ...
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Do I cast the result of malloc?

In this question, someone suggested in a comment that I should not cast the result of malloc. i.e., I should do this: int *sieve = malloc(sizeof(*sieve) * length); rather than: int *sieve = (int *) ...
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