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Changing a server centric site to a more JS centric one [closed]

First of all, I'm not really a Javascript guy, but more towards PHP. However, I want to move to the next level, that is taking load off the server and let the client do the processing. Hopefully to be ...
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Why was Objective-C popularity so sudden on TIOBE index?

I'd like to ask a question that is pretty similar to the one being asked here, but for Objective-C. According to TIOBE rankings, the rise of popularity of Objective-C is unprecedented. This is ...
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Is Adobe Flash still viable for developing CBT (Computer Based Training) software?

From everything I have read about Adobe Flash over the past couple of years, it seems like the platform has received a lot of stigma in the web space. Regardless of that, is it still viable as a ...
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Are there any off the shelf solutions for feature use analysis?

I write a set of productivity tools that sells online and have tens of thousands of users. While we do get very good feedback, this tends to come from only the most vocal users, so we fear we might be ...
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JavaScript's prompt, confirm and alert considered “old-fashioned” [closed]

Lately I've been developing a web-based management system for a gym. Their previous app was developed in Visual Basic. For the new app, all the front-end scripting uses jQuery, the server is running ...
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Google Native Client - The end of client/server side programming? [closed]

As some of you may know already, Google Native Client is going to be released with Chrome 14. Google native client is a technology that allow us to run native code(C, C++) on the web. (Cross-browser). ...
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Trends of Java and Javascript? [closed]

I see the graph from Google Trends: Javascript: Why Javascript goes down? Isn't it the most popular script language in web? What maybe replace javascript in the future? And also Java (vs .net, ...
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What is the best advice to give someone in this industry who resists change? [closed]

I'm having a discussion with someone quite older than me, so I have no place in telling him what is wise. He is in the computer field but resists change, and we're discussing how his co-workers are ...
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Collaborative Programming Book Development? [closed]

Firstly: If it works for open source projects why not books? Collaborative writing is not something new. What is rare however, is this in the field of programming. The Important Aspects that ...
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Cross platform mobile development VS Native Mobile Development: Present And Future [closed]

I just completed one year in Smart phone development, working on BlackBerry and Android and also developed one application exclusively targeted to nokia feature phones. And just a month ago I come to ...
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Is there a trend for cross-platform GUI toolkits? [closed]

What is the trend like for the usage of cross-platform GUI frameworks right now? Are more people starting to use cross-platform frameworks (such as GTK+, Qt and wxWidgets) or are there more who use ...
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Web2.0, AJAX, HTML5, Facebook, social web, OpenId, OAuth, web browsers… where is it going ? [closed]

We have seen many new things in the last five to seven years on the web: Facebook, HTML5 appeared, new browsers grew strongly, Google failed with Wave. Facebook, GTalk and Gmail are cross-platform ...
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Why was Python's popularity so sudden? [closed]

Python first appeared in 1991, but it was somewhat unknown until 2004, if the TIOBE rankings quantify anything meaningful. What happened? What caused the interest in this 13 year old language to go ...
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Java devs: why not use Groovy? [closed]

OK, so there are quite a few people using Java these days. But as the language nears two decades of age, it isn't exactly the coolest option out there. Many of us are excited about dynamic languages ...
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Why the current enthusiasm for Functional Programming? [closed]

I've been hearing a lot of enthusiasm about functional programming languages lately, with regards to Scala, Clojure, and F#. I've recently started studying Haskell, to learn the FP paradigm. I love ...
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What is Java used for these days? [closed]

Java is fifteen years old. It started life as an alternative to C++ with a comprehensive standard library. Riding on the coattails of the Internet boom, it was popular for writing web applets. Its ...
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In the Aggregate: How Will We Maintain Legacy Systems? [closed]

NEW YORK - With a blast that made skyscrapers tremble, an 83-year-old steam pipe sent a powerful message that the miles of tubes, wires and iron beneath New York and other U.S. cities are ...
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Are NoSQL databases going to take the place of relational databases? Is SQL going away? [closed]

Does anyone have experience with NoSQL databases (CouchDB, MongoDB, Google's BigTable, Dynamo, Cassandra...)? What was it like? Was it actual production/on the job experience? What will happen to ...