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GUI app with Web Technology that can take screenshots

I was given a task to prototype a Desktop Application with the ff. requirements: Must use javascript, nodewebkit, node.js Must be multi platform specially Windows and OSX Can take a screenshot of a ...
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What is a typical team size for a complex half million lines-of-code C# desktop application? [closed]

Imagine the following scenario: Codebase of 600,000 lines of code (C#) All in a single desktop application All written by a single developer (myself) over 8 years (3 years worth of actual coding ...
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Does a data-driven application need a database?

This may be a terribly stupid question, but I can't find anything even related on Google (maybe I am not searching properly). I've been a developer for around a year now. I do desktop and web apps ...
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Simulate desktop app with Chrome application shortcut

Technically I'm building an intranet web application, with web server running 24/7 and a central database, users can access it with any browser. However, for the user, the app should have the look ...
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UI design for changing multiple records at once

I have a desktop application where the user has tabular views on some data records. Now we got the requirement to let the user select multiple of these records at the same time and let the him edit ...
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How do desktop applications talk to remote database server? [closed]

I have often seen desktop applications in stores and banks. How do these desktop applications talk to a remote database central server? There will be a desktop application which is installed on ...
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Is it possible to use the framework behind Metro UI to make Exposé?

Is it possible to use the framework behind the Windows 8 Metro UI to make Exposé-like application for Windows? I tried Mac and I really like this feature, on another side i like that I can drag the ...
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Python for a desktop app

I currently have a .NET app that I want to convert to being cross platform, as a growing number of my users want a Mac version. Since this forum doesn't seem to like questions that are "what ...
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Deploying v Releasing

So there's this desktop application. And I am wanting to inform it's users that a new version has been released. Is it more correct to say that a new version of a desktop application has been ...
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Java desktop application using MVC + Hibernate

I'm developing a Java desktop application. I'm planning to use MVC architecture described at Oracle site: Java SE Application Design With MVC. I need to store data in database so I decide to use ...
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Creating a custom GUI. App/DE/WM?

I am starting with this project of mine of writing a custom UI for linux. What would happen is: The computer would boot into this UI which would not be the typical taskbar/icons/startbutton kind of ...
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Which programming languages are multi-platform, fast, and object-oriented with non-limiting low-level os access? [closed]

I've been a web developer for a few years, and I want to get into desktop program development. I'm looking for a language that will allow me to write programs which are: Multi-platform, supporting ...
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Browser as a rich client platform [closed]

In Java there is a notion of "rich client platform" - it's a framework for building desktop applications, provides common features like help browser, window layout management, etc. Prominent ...
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Patterns for Integrating search (ex. Lucene) into a .NET desktop application

I am making a .NET desktop application (WinForms+Local PostgreSQL Server) for managing sales in a small store. I wish to integrate Lucene search facilities into the 'Product Search' module of my ...
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Is it okay for an application to check for automatic updates in less than 20 hour interval? [closed]

I have a desktop application that has the ability to automatically update itself on the next restart (without the user's consent - but this is another issue altogether). Assuming that the user would ...
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Should I use webKit or is there a better technology to make a browser in Windows [closed]

I create web applications most in RoR and PHP. About a year ago a company wanted to use my app but in a stand alone browser window in Linux, so I wrote one in python using webkit, locked it down to ...
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Reuse MVC4 codebase / deploy MVC4 as standalone desktop application?

We have an MVC4 application that we would also need to distribute as a standalone (no network connectivity) desktop application. Rather than rebuild the HTML/JS front-end we would like to reuse that ...
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which version of Windows should use I to develop an app

I need to develop a Windows application which can be installed on any version of Windows from XP through 7. Which version of Windows should I use for application development. I'll be using ...
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How to run an applet like a desktop application without installing entire JDK?

I want to make a desktop application- an analog-clock with the option of setting alarms using java. For rendering all the graphics and the button features, a Swing applet is the answer. But the ...
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How to best distribute client specific configuration settings

I'm writing a WinForms desktop application which will be shipped out to several different clients and am wondering what the best way to implement a user configuration file is. Normally I would use the ...
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Desktop framework with rich HTML/CSS interface and strange 'desktop native language support'

I'm not sure if what I'm after even exists or if it doe's im looking for the wrong thing. I'm after a framework/application/SDK that allows me to build a desktop application with a ...
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What is the best strategy for licensing a desktop application using a web service, when all I need to know is when people use the product?

Our company's main application is a desktop program that is used at warehouses and written in C# and Windows Presentation Forms. The next thing we want to be able to do is track when customers open ...
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Writing a desktop application for progammer from PHP background

I have a client who wants a tool for him to be able to upload his products, enter orders, and keep track of customer details. There are quite a few highly customised requests, which is why he wants ...
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Is shipping a Clojure desktop app realistic?

I'm currently shipping a desktop Java application. It is a plain old Java 5 Java / Swing app and so far everything worked nicely. Java 5 was targetted because some users were on OS X version / ...
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Can we create desktop application with Ruby? [closed]

I know the Ruby on Rails framework is only for web development and not suitable for desktop application development. But if a ruby programmer wants to develop a desktop application, is it suitable and ...
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How to stop a .NET application from being duplicated?

I have created a .net windows form application that I want to restrict from being duplicated. I want this application to be portable, so I would like to allow it to be moved. How would I be able to do ...
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Automatically delete files after they expire

I've got this idea for some time and I was wondering if anyone has seen such a feature/app in any operating system and if you haven't, what do you think about it. Where do you think I should begin? ...
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Understanding C++ for windows desktop application

I've been programming C++ for almost a year, and I've written complex programs however there are a couple of programming features of C++ which I didn't cover up (Classes & pointers), however I ...
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Is it possible to check that MS word file is hand written or auto generated by using some converter?

I got one project with some requirements. Basically my client provide data entry work. In that he converts image files(scan copy of articles, forms etc) to document file (MS word) by typing ...
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Creating Compelling Desktop Application in .NET

I'm about to create an open source desktop application. I'm primarily a .NET developer , with experience in ASP.NET and SharePoint. I've created basic Windows Forms applications before, but I have ...
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Can web technologies, like PHP, HTML, and CSS, be used for desktop development? [closed]

I have to develop an application for a gas agency where a database will store consumer numbers, names, addresses, and date delivered for a town with nearly 20,000 people. I only know PHP, MySQL, CSS, ...
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Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation?

Reading this site and SO I've seen many stories of interview questions and answers saying a candidate had to implement a linked list from scratch. Usually this is a "gimme" exercise for programming ...
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Where can I find inspiration for a good user interface? [closed]

I've got a mental block as far as desigining the main screen interface for a desktop application that I'm currently upgrading. When I first developed this program the screen resolution was 640 X 480. ...
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Developing an internet-enabled application as a Kiosk on Windows 7

I am finalizing development of a desktop Java application that communicates with an outside web server, and now I need to start seriously considering deployment. This application will run on a large ...
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Why is JavaScript not used for classical application development (compiled software)?

During my years of web development with JavaScript, I come to the conclusion that it's an incredible powerful language, and you can do amazing things with it. It offers a rich set of features, like: ...
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How do I store the OAuth v1 consumer key and secret for an open source desktop Twitter client without revealing it to the user?

I want to make a thick-client, desktop, open source twitter client. I happen to be using .NET as my language and Twitterizer as my OAuth/Twitter wrapper, and my app will likely be released as open ...
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Are there any limitations of an idealistic HTML5 web application

Let's assume the following two assumptions are true. Your entire userbase has broadband access everywhere There is an imaginary browser X that implements the entire draft specification of the HTML5 ...
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Choice of technology to develop multi-platform application

What I have is business WinForms application written in C#. What I would like to do is to redesign it to meet multi-platform approach. I was thinking about architecture involving application server ...
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Can PHP be used for desktop application development?

I want to know whether it is possible to develop desktop applications using the PHP language. In my case, I have never developed one with it. If it possible, please give me referral link or detailed ...
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Why isn't html, css and js used for desktop apps

html, css and js can be used to build beautiful(and useful) ui's (specially with html5 and css3) and lots of people already know them. Though its still way beyond my reach, but how difficult can it be ...
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Which technology for cross-platform web/desktop-based hotel management software

hope I am in the right place to ask this. A client, for whom I developed a group management software (in Flex) is now asking me to develop a fully-fledged hotel management software (tailored to his ...
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Self-updating application - philosophy

This is a philosophical question. Given a hypothetical desktop application, and a desire to provide automatic updates (rather than forcing people to go to a website, check for an update, download an ...
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Whats the best way to determine when it is appropriate to use a database?

I began my programming career in web development using PHP and MySQL. I got quite accustomed to utilizing db for storage of most dynamic data as well as some setting/parameter data. Sometimes there ...
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External modules security

I am developing some external modules for an application. These modules are BPL files and if present in the application folder the application loads them and uses whatever is available inside. How ...
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ClickOnce analog

I am looking for a ClickOnce analog on Windows platform. I have to deploy (publish) a .NET WinForms application (thick client) for N-tier system via web.
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The future of desktop application development [closed]

During the last months there was much written about HTML5 and many big player (Google, Microsoft,....) are planning to accelerate their HTML5 strategy. Google plans a browser based OS. Microsoft also ...
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Can desktop applications be written using javascript?

Is it currently possible to write desktop applications using javascript, html, css? Possible solutions: Use Adobe AIR runtime and program in js. But no, if I'm using AIR, the AS3 suites it the most. ...
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Can we assume that all users today have Internet access?

As the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous, can we as developers assume that all users have Internet access? Now I don't mean that the code is written in such a way that if there is no connection then ...