Web applications are applications that are accessed over the "web", which can mean the Internet, or an internal network (an intranet).

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What is “the Cloud” and how does it relate to development?

I keep hearing about Cloud technology, although mostly in social networking development, etc. I heard about it today again, and now I'm very curious: what is the 'Cloud' and how does it relate to me ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of building a single page web application

I'm nearing the end of a prototyping/proof of concept phase for a side project I'm working on, and trying to decide on some larger scale application design decisions. The app is a project management ...
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Architecture guidelines for a “single page web-app”

I'm going to start a side project to build a "single page" web application. The application needs to be real-time, sending updates to the clients as changes happen. Are there any good resources for ...
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Pros and Cons of holding all the business logic in stored procedures in web application [duplicate]

In some organization I worked for web applications are developed basing all the business logic in Database stored procedures. For example, use html for view and servlet as controllers to divert the ...
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Classic ASP to ASP.net or ASP.net MVC

We have a web application which is developed in classic ASP and it evolved over 5 years to its current form which has 100's of pages, huge database and more than 10000 active users going through at ...
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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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Is there an established or defined best practice for source control branching between development and production builds?

I struggled in how to phrase my question, so let me give an example in hopes of making more clear what I am after: I currently work on a dev team responsible for maintaining and adding features to a ...
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How do I determine which language/framework is best for our web-based project?

I'm in the early stages of development for a web application that has three developers (myself included) working on it. The project is, at its core, a web-based database that will be used by around ...
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Pros and Cons of RESTful architecture [closed]

The most common discussion I've seen regarding the pros and cons of REST tends to frame that discussion relative to SOAP. I have no experience in either. I am currently faced with a decision which my ...
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Client-side coding: How to prevent malicious use?

Over the last few years, the trend for client-side (browser) applications has really taken off. For my latest project, I have decided to try and move with the times and write a client-side ...
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Pros and cons of an HTML/JavaScript only web app

I come from an ASP.NET forms background and have found server side coding very powerful in the past. More recently, however, I have been wanting to phase out the server side code of the front-end and ...
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What benefits are there to native JavaScript development? [closed]

Given how much simpler jQuery development is, when compared to native JavaScript, what makes people forgo libraries like jQuery altogether? Is this because jQuery has limitations or it is slow? I ...
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How do you organize your MVC framework while supporting modules/plugins? [closed]

There are a two main codebase structures that I have seen when it comes to MVC frameworks. The problem is that they both seem to have an organisational bug that goes with them. Standard MVC ...
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License key solution in web application, what is the best approach?

I am stumped by a request from my manager. I work for a small startup and we developed a web application for a fixed rate with a maintenance agreement for a MUCH larger company. Knowing horror ...
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Where can I start learning to build web applications in C# [closed]

So far I've written web sites in PHP, except for a pet project of mine written in Python. I'd like to start learning C# for use on the web, but I have no idea where to start. I know nothing of .Net. ...
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How to approach refactoring an existing web application?

I've been reading and thinking a lot lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I maybe I should rethink my web development strategy. I'm doing a lot of on-the-fly programming, and in the 2 years ...
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Writing Web “server less” applications

TL;DR What are the prospects of writing applications which are completely based on a REST database server (CouchDB) and web applications which directly access the DB instead of having a web server in ...
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How should I approach developing a Java based client-server application?

I have been asked to develop a client-server application (requires database) for a company. I am very handy with java so would like to go with it. Its up to me how I develop the application. It may ...
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How to choose the right web development language for my app without much programming experience? [closed]

I have my own idea for a web application, and I am not a programmer. The application will work similar to Facebook and Twitter, profiles and feeds. I have learned some computer science theory, all ...
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How to prevent race conditions in a web application?

Consider an e-commerce site, where Alice and Bob are both editing the product listings. Alice is improving descriptions, while Bob is updating prices. They start editing the Acme Wonder Widget at the ...
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Heavy use of static methods in a Java EE web application?

Generally I am asking if this is a norm. The application architecture includes spring and the zk framework. I personally can't help but think this introduces a number of problems. I mean...this is a ...
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How to customize web-app (pages and UI) for different customers

We have an ASP.NET web-application which has become difficult to maintain, and I'm looking for ideas on how to redesign it. It's an employee administration system which can be highly customized for ...
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Testing minor browser version compatibility

I develop a web application and we test it on browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer. During our development we test the application on Firefox 3.5.2 and our testing team tests the same on 3.5.6 ...
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Best way to protect website application code

Background I have a web application that I host on my own server. I have clients who use the application as is, but some have asked if they can host the application on their own server. This enables ...
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Reasons NOT to use JSF [closed]

I am new to StackExchange, but I figured you would be able to help me. We're crating a new Java Enterprise application, replacing an legacy JSP solution. Due to many many changes, the UI and parts of ...
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Should MVC/REST return a 403 or 404 for resources belonging to other users?

When working with a resource-based site (such as an MVC application or REST service), we have two main options when a client tries to GET a resource that they don't have access to: 403, which says ...
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Explain Model View Controller

My experience with developing dynamic websites is limited mostly to Java servlets. I've used Tomcat to develop various Java servlets, and I wouldn't hesitate to say that I'm reasonably proficient ...
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Should I learn Javascript before Coffeescript?

I'm a reasonably experienced programmer trying to learn web developement. I'm trying to develop a client-side web application which uses svg or canvas for graphics. I've decided I'd like to write ...
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What are the differences between a website and a web application?

How do you differentiate a web application from websites? It's language/platform agnostic.
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Service layer vs DAO — Why both?

I have been working with SpringMVC, Hibernate, and some databases in a java web application example. There are a few different ones that do this, but this Spring 3 and hibernate integration tutorial ...
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Is JSF really ready to deliver high performance web applications? [closed]

I have heard a lot of good about JSF but as far as I know people also had lots of serious complains with this technology in the past, not aware of how much the situation has improved. We are ...
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HTTP Session or Database approach

I am confused a little as what should be my approach, Working on a design of shopping cart and i need to store shopping cart either in session or in database but not sure which approach would be ...
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Is SOA suitable for developers or only for business/IT management people?

Let's suppose you're the lead of a team of developers that needs to build a big information system such as an ERP or Human Resources software, or whatever system that is composed by multiple business ...
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Why shouldn't “responsive” web design be a consideration?

This might seem like more of a graphic design question than a programming question, but I think it has much more technical/programming merit than actual graphic design. The concept of "responsive" ...
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Why aren't all programs being turned into web apps?

To extend from the question things like googledocs can handle word, excel and powerpoint so why aren't all programs being moved to web applications with the use of smartphones(blackberries, iphones ...
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Embedded Web Server Vs External Web Server

So I've thought of creating a web application in either Lisp or another functional language and was thinking of embedding the web server into the application (have my application handle the HTTP ...
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what is the reason for using xslt? [closed]

Why is XSLT used by many web applications?
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How to unit test large legacy systems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best practices for retrofitting legacy code with automated tests When working in large legacy systems (large systems with no unit testing ever) I often come across ...
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Java web application folder structure

As a beginner to J2EE, I have recently started developing my own project from scratch using the Core of J2EE : Servlets & Jsps. I could not evaluate whether my project folder structure is right ...
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Is it the job of programmers to design the database?

I've been a programmer for the past six years. Throughout my career, I have worked on many web applications. Most of the time, when a database was needed, it was given to us (the programmers) or we ...
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Multi-platform Map Application

I'm working on a web project (PHP, jQuery) which currently using Google Maps powering up the map functionality of the application, however we need to make it multi-platform like you can go to the ...
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Writing a job requirement for a web application developer

I'm currently writing a job requirement for a software engineer position for my company, in which we are looking for a developer to work on client-side web application work. How should I title the job ...
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implementing dynamic query handler on historical data

EDIT : Refined question to focus on the core issue Context: I have historical data about property (house) sales collected from various sources in a centralized/cloud data source (assume info ...
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What is an efficient way to retrieve product counts at multiple levels of a hierarchy?

I'm working on an e-business website to sell books and also want to display the number of available books in the category list. The category list contains the genre and the format (pocket, ebook, ...