Server side coding involves work which does not interact with UI, and is critical to process requests fired by client-side.

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What are the downsides of RoR? [closed]

I'm currently trying to decide what server-side language to learn and use for web development, and while it's relatively easy to get information on why x, y, or z is a good thing, it's harder to ...
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What are the difference between server-side and client-side programming?

I've seen questions (mainly on Stack Overflow), which lack this basic knowledge. The point of this question is to provide good information for those seeking it, and those referencing to it. ...
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How much HTML and CSS should server side developer know?

I have done C and C++ and now I want to start my career as a web-developer. I read a lot about web-development and came to know that there were two types of developers on the web, 1. Client Side ...
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What is occurring in the world of server-side technologies in regards to the mobile app boom?

With mobile technologies becoming increasingly popular what is happening on the server-side with most of these apps when they need to communicate with a back end? I'm used to the world of technology ...
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How important is using the same language for client and server?

I have been evaluating architecture solutions for a mobile project that will have a web-service/app in addition to native apps and have been looking at various libraries, frameworks, and stacks like ...
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Why don't we use dynamic (server-side generated) CSS?

As server-side generated HTML is trivial (and it was the only way to make dynamic webpages before AJAX), server-side generated CSS is not. Actually, I've never seen it. There are CSS compilers, but ...
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Non-blocking ORM issues

I asked a question on SO, and found that there are no non-blocking ORMs for my favorite web framework. By non-blocking I mean an ORM with callback support for asynchronous retrieval. The ORM would be ...
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How do I make web-application development less frustrating?

I am fairly new to web-application development. I just can't shake the feeling that it takes me forever to do anything of even remote complexity. In c++ and java I could write the same applications ...
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Pros/cons between emphasizing client-side or server-side processing

Why would I want to write a web app with lots of processing server-side? To me, writing the program client-side is a huge advantage because it takes away as much server load as possible because it ...
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Does business logic really belong on the server?

A typical stack for a web application is a database, a server with server-side code, and a user with a browser with HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Before extensive AJAX, MVC in which the controller was the ...
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Help understanding server-side scripting

As far as I understand, there are basically 3 options for doing server-side scripting these days: Using scripting languages that can be directly interpreted/executed by the web server (e.g., PHP and ...
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Possible hack aftermath

After being hacked companies often give numbers and details on how much of their data was compromised e.g "13K user and passwords". After a possible intrusion how do you know what the hacker did in ...
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How can a server side language span many servers?

I would like to ask you as experts about PHP, ASP.NET/C#, Python or any other server side language. How do they span multiple servers? When I see a big website and look how many dedicated servers it ...
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When should I start the server side coding?

I am creating a website, where users can upload their own videos. So far I am just building the main structure with HTML and CSS. Is it a better practice to write server-side code before the site ...
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What are my choices for server side sandboxed scripting?

I'm building a public website where users share data and scripts to run over some data. The scripts are run serverside in some sort of sandbox without other interaction this cycle: my Perl program ...
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What was the first server-side language [closed]

I was thinking about different server-side languages and this question immediately cropped up in my mind. What was the first server-side programming language using which websites were being created? ...
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Recommend a technical book explaining how the browser and server communicate

Although I've been developing web applications for close on 6 years now I still do not know what happens when a request reaches the server. I am looking for book that works through what happens when a ...
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What is the reason for creating the symbols ∞ on the client side?

Take a look at this link: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/60766/what-is-the-result-of-infinity-minus-infinity What is the reason for transforming the symbols ∞ on the client side? Because if ...
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Server-side vs Client-side web application Performance [closed]

I am an entry level programmer with only a few months of experience. Yesterday I was discussing with a colleague how we can improve the performance of a project we are working on together. The ...
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What to do when request is sent to server and while waiting for response internet connectivity lost?

I am sending a huge amount of data to server. Now while I have sent the data and waiting for server response, suddenly my android device gets internet connection lost. So what I used to do is, showing ...
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Is node.js a good fit for background processing?

I'm slowly learning node.js and have a small project I want to start. The project will have a lot of background processes (downloading data from external sites, parsing CSV files, etc.). A big "win" ...
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Should website frontends be rendered in client-side or server-side?

I've been talking to a colleague that comes from AS3 to the HTML world. He has created a small website (there are apparently no dynamic contents) following the no-flash rules for his very first time, ...
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Structure of a single page app

I'm looking to develop a one page app, and will likely be using node.js for my server side coding. I'm trying to get some advice regards the client-side coding. While i realise that something like ...
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Best Practices for calculating data in GIS-like web application

Let's assume that we have a simple GIS-like application, which presents (using Google Maps or anything similar) recorded tracks. Each track consists of points (data portions) with geo-data and ...
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What could be a reason for cross-platform server applications developer to make his app work in multiple processes?

We consider a server app development - heavily loaded with messing with big data streams. An app will be running on one powerful server. A server app will be developed in form of crossplatform ...
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Are web applications limited by the amount of memory or by the speed of the database server on the server side?

Many web sites mostly only do CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations to the database for different URLs. Suppose that we have a 3-tier solution with the database server on a dedicated server ...
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New to Back End Development where to start? [closed]

I am an student learning web development by my own, I am very interested in back end development where can i start to learn?
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REST efficiency on count and sum methods

For example, if I have a Customer Transactions Table and I create a REST for it. The fields are: date, description, and total_amount. I am trying to figure out which one is much more efficient when ...
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Backend development philosophy

I feel kind of lost in this backend development process I am attempting right now. Most of the usual development practices I use while developing client-side applications don't apply here... Let me ...
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How to choose a server side language / framework

I am trying to come up with a list / ranking system on determining which server language to choose for a particular website. Assume that familiarity with a certain language is not important and the ...
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Should a web designer know server-side coding?

We're implementing an CMS based on ASP.NET MVC. Now, any designer should be able to provide themes for this CMS. But to write a theme, they need to be able to modify the generated HTML, thus the ...
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REST vs RPC for mobile development

As many know, mobile development is skyrocketing these days and, I believe, it affects what we code. To be specific, I am interested in developing web services for a mobile application. I see two ...
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Good technologies for developing a modular server component in .net?

I am using WPF, Prism and Unity to develop the user interface for a .net application. The UI will run from a PC, but I also need to develop a separate complex server component that will provide ...
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Catching incoming HTTP Requests on server side with Node.js

I want to implement a server side application catching incoming http requests with a certain header.After catching the request it extracts information about type of HTTP request (GET,HEAD,PUT,POST ...
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How to verify the client's view is consistent with the remote model?

i'm designing a client-server system via web broswser and i have this problem: I send the data to the client via JSON, then the javascript view shows the stuff. Then the user takes actions and ...
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What are some non-MS languages that can write xlsx (Excel 2007+) documents efficiently?

Unfortunately, Excel format is required for the project I am working on. I have no problems getting the data I need in objects and arrays, and currently PHPExcel is doing handling the document ...
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Windows Server or Linux for final project [closed]

A few weeks ago I came up with an idea to develop a mobile app which will direct students in my university to the nearest printer availiable. The whole thing is part of my final project. The Android ...
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Can this type of page be made client-side?

I'm planning on making a website that will have mainly articles and videos. I'm going to post the videos on YouTube and use the YouTube API on my site. What I am wondering, is if I can make a page ...
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Sharing business logic between server-side and client-side of web application?

Quick question concerning shared code/logic in back and front ends of a web application. I have a web application (Rails + heavy JS) that parses metadata from HTML pages fetched via a user supplied ...
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What techniques would you use for a next generation java web application?

I'm working at a site similar to Foursquare and Yelp, with approximately 100000 unique requests each week that generates content, growing steadily. We are currently using: Seam as Java web ...
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Building Websites: Fast Debugging Without a Browser

Is there a methodology to debug websites without a browser? Normally I use a web browser to view a results page. The slow debugging process confuses me a little. To correct an error I need to switch ...
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Best practice for projects architecture - server side [on hold]

The usual way (that I'm familiar with) to divide the server side is the n-layer architecture : DAL - data access layer, usually has the Entities and the context (and maybe include also a repository) ...
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Avoid Initial AJAX Call for Loading Data

Here is the typical sequence of events when someone navigates to a page in my application: The user navigates to my application, including URL parameters and query strings. The server receives the ...
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Scalable solution for website polling

I'm looking to add push notifications to one of my iOS apps. The app is a client for a website which doesn't offer push notifications. What I've come up with so far: App sends a message to home ...
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Writing a TCP protocol or use HTTP for file transfer?

I want to write a server side application which allows several users to exchange files (not above 3MB) in the following way: user A connects to (server) S. User B connects to S. User C connects S. ...
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How can I solve this potential security exploit (concerning the saving of REST resources)?

I have a File database table with the following columns: Id (PK), Filename And a Document database table with the following columns: Id (PK), Name, Description, FileId (FK) When a user wants to ...
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What are the advantages of server-side Javascript and when would you use it? [duplicate]

I have been looking at server side Javascript technologies like, Rhino and Node.js. What are the advantages of using server-side Javascript and where in the server-side to they fit in a stack?
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Need server suggestion to handle Twitter API

I am working on generating some statistics by using twitter trends and streaming API. ( I have adjusted keywords such that traffic I get from twitter daily is of max size 1GB) I was currently ...
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Server distribution for high performance

I've developed a Socket Application on top of TCP in .NET C#, which allows many clients to send files from one another via a VPS I'm using. Most file transfers will occur between people in the same ...
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How are programming teaching websites built? [duplicate]

For those that don't know I'm referring to codeacademy or codeschool type of websites, where the user inputs ruby/python/whateverlanguage, and gets back the result evaluated. Is the code input ...