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Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation? [closed]

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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5answers
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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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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 ...
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1answer
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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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6answers
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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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7answers
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Why aren't HTML, CSS, and JavaScript used for desktop apps? [closed]

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can be used to build beautiful (and useful) UI's (especially now we have HTML5 and CSS3), and lots of people already know them. Though it's still way beyond my reach, how ...
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5answers
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Why is JavaScript not used for classical application development (compiled software)? [closed]

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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7answers
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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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8answers
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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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3answers
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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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4answers
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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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7answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
4k views

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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1answer
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Rich client persistence without a database

We have a pretty sizable .NET rich client app that currently uses nHibernate and Firebird embedded for persistence. Due to the nature of the app, we need to load the entire database into memory when ...
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1answer
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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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6answers
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
996 views

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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2answers
755 views

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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1answer
267 views

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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0answers
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How to design a time tracking or activity monitoring application?

I am trying to build something like Manic Time - which is an application that tracks what the user is currently working on. It worked flawlessly on Windows, but doesn't support Linux. It has mad ...
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3answers
4k views

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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7answers
3k views

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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8answers
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
2k views

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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1answer
158 views

How to access secure web services from a desktop application?

I'm writing a Java desktop application that will be available to the public. It will contact backend APIs via HTTPS using Jersey client. I don't know anything about using certificates in desktop apps ...
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1answer
154 views

Multiple websites and applications using one user database

I've got several applications and websites that will be built around one main application. In a perfect situation users will be able to register once and be able to log into the different applications ...
2
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3answers
688 views

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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0answers
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
687 views

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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2answers
526 views

How do I / what is the best way to interact with a desktop application from a browser web application?

Situation: We have a desktop application. We also have a web application. We need the two to interact with each other. So when a button is pushed in the web application, the desktop application ...
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2answers
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MVC/P in Desktop Application

I am developping a desktop application in C#, and have separated different layers in an MVC-ish architecture. As I have switched from GTK# to XWT, only views had to be adjusted, so the seperation of ...
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2answers
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how to upgrade software [closed]

I am a beginner in computer programming with C/C++. I have previous experience in programming for the web. There is some confusion that I am having with the software development process in desktop ...
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1answer
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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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3answers
685 views

Writing a desktop application for progammer from PHP background [closed]

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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1answer
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Would one use a 2D Gaming Engine for a desktop application?

I am thinking about a library that I could use for a program to create presentations but I am not sure what one could/should use for a task like that. What first came to my mind are 2D Gaming Engines ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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Best way to deploy database-dependant application

I have always "custom developed" software for clients. This means: Develop the software Install SQL Express on client site Import DB, create DB user, set DB permissions etc. Install software on ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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 ...
0
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1answer
170 views

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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3answers
930 views

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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2answers
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Why isn't programming mobile apps more similar to programming desktop applications? [closed]

Well, first of all I don't really know how the hardware of a smartphone is, and I've just programmed for Android. But it feels safe to think that a smartphone is just an old PC with some particular ...
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1answer
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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.