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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Postgres roles for website users

I am setting up a PostgreSQL database with a very small number of tables for a simple website. I am looking at ways to make it as solid and auditable as possible. Is there any particular reason why ...
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Developing an app using Django. Do I design front-end after app? Or develop Django to fit UI? [duplicate]

Edit: this differs from a similar question because I'm interested specifically in how Django works with the front-end. I.e. what is considered best practice when developing using the Django framework. ...
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A way to update a list an Android application displays

I just started working on an Android app that should display posts from my site and then a three-column list of some products. The three columns on the list contain the product names, a short ...
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Client Side Filtering or Server Side Filtering

So I am building a web-app. The app will be hosted on heroku and I using a MEAN Stack for development. The main purpose of the app is to allow users to search through data and be able to find a ...
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Why are the smart folks who write and adopt react.js okay with the way markup is tightly-coupled/buried inside Javascript?

Quite a while ago there was a concerted trend in the industry to move towards adopting templating to separate markup from logic, or something like that. The result was much more pleasing to the eye ...
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Interactive review of data in modal before inserting in db

I'm looking for a conceptual approach to a problem. I'm building a web app that imports data from a source I don't control. The data quality is pretty high, but occasionally, the data does not make ...
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Tracking online users with a stateless architecture

I own a stateless architecture, exchanging a JWT token between client and server at authentication time. I want to store in database (once per day) a timestamp related to the user access. Indeed, I ...
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Job Scheduling, Stored Procedures

I am working on a polyglot web app project that has functionalities that can be separated, but that rely on each other. I am unfamiliar with the following (what key words to even search for, what ...
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Using the Facebook Login button, how would I securely convey to my web app's backend that the user is authenticated?

Background: I'm building a web app using the most recent Facebook Javascript SDK to help with user registration and login. The backend is built in PHP, but that likely is irrelevant. The situation: I ...
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Who does what in a Single Page Application? [closed]

My development background is in ASP .NET webforms. I've been reading various SPA tutorials but they always get into the weeds about specific javascript libraries. I'm just trying to understand what ...
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Hide, obfuscate or otherwise prevent the harvesting of email addresses [closed]

I am developing a public repository webapp for my organization. It will be public webapp, exposed to the internet. All people and organisational units can be queried and its contact data will be ...
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I have one app on one server - is there a critical reason to use a web server like IIS or NGINX? [closed]

Considering the following For a stack: ASP.NET/MVC5 WebApi with Single Page Application (SPA). This typically must run in IIS or hosting container (OWIN). I want to deploy multiple web application ...
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Background Threads in Horizontally Scaled Application

I have what I believe is a fairly common situation these days: I have a webapp that scales horizontally across multiple machines in order to serve greater load. This particular application is written ...
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Is there any danger in rendering user-entered HTML and can it be mitigated?

I'm guessing the answer is no because there's quite a few examples, including right here. If I let users submit their own HTML text and then render it side by side, what could the user do that would ...
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Naming conventions for hierarchical roles in an application [closed]

I'm creating an application that internally will have have three totally different separated areas of interfaces. - One where users create content and interact with each other - One where one person ...
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What mechanism/protocol transmits non-HTML files when downloaded from the web?

When a non-HTML file such as a PDF, DOCX, EXE, etc is made public to the WWW by an HTTP server, and a client makes a request for said file, www.example.com/download?=test.doc what facilitates the ...
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What is NOT MVC? (in a web app)

It is easy to find many descriptions of what MVC is - for instance here, here or in this video. I'm curious, what is NOT MVC? or more precisely - In a MVC-using app, what is everything else apart ...
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What is the role of the public folder in MVC web applications? [closed]

Must all the controllers, models and views be placed in the private folders? If so, what are the roles of the public folder? What are the correct terminologies for such roles in computer science? How ...
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Folder structure for app with Symfony 2, React, Webpack, and Sass? [closed]

I am creating an app that uses some components of Symfony2 along with React, Webpack and Sass. We will mostly code in PHP, with the other things adding functionality to our app. I'm having a hard time ...
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No central database

I have a client that is looking to get a website/mobile apps/desktop apps built that deal with very sensitive data (more sensitive than bank/card details). Because of the sensitive nature of the data, ...
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REST Service Description in a Hypermedia agnostic way?

How do I implement REST service description in a Content-type agnostic way? Background I am developing a RESTful API for Web Application. Now this app is somewhat different than a standard run-of-...
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Customer Authentication in a website

Just to be clear, by authentication I don't mean user-authentication, but I want to make sure that my app is running on the customer's server and in a defined time-span. Some of our customers use our ...
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Web applications: is there such a thing as “semi-stateful”?

I'm a bit of an amateur when it comes to web development, but I need to do something a little more sophisticated than usual at work and I'm not sure how best to proceed. The setup is as follows. I ...
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Why HTML5 got rid of Rich Desktop applications? [closed]

I recently noticed that Rich desktop applications (I define it as an application running inside a virtual machine embded in a web browser, based on tools like Java Web Start, Adobe Flash or Unity web ...
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Where to do post-processing of API call when used in MobileApp

Let's say I want to write an (iPhone) app, which tells you if you are in manhattan or not. This query involves additional computation after a google map API call (and is of course just an example). ...
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Hard time understanding structure of web apps w JS frameworks? [closed]

I'm having a difficult time understanding how web applications work. Please help me understand without giving me google definitions. Baby steps/words would be appreciated =) From what I understand so ...
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Azure BLOB grained access

I have a standalone WPF desktop application which gathers data from Digital-to-Analog converter boards, computes, analyzes this data and then it creates binary files (proprietary format) with the ...
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Any benefits of splitting web project stylesheets?

Regarding the fact that C in CSS stands for Cascade, so generally speaking rules described in one file can modify/subsitute rules in other files, can we claim that all project css files should be ...
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Storing an all day event in database

I have an event table that should store events (dt_start, dt_end, all_day,etc). I saw that .ical files stores dt_start and dt_end as the same day (without time) for an "all_day" event. Question: ...
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Using a GPLv2 library in a web project

I'm trying to understand the way that GPLv2 works, and have a couple of questions. I'm going to describe a couple of scenarios, and want to know how GPL applies there. I make a web application that ...
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Storing persistent data that only has a single instance but can change

I'm creating a website CMS in Rails (for fun and learning) and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to store the data for an "about" page. Due to the nature of this page, the data will only have one ...
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When to load related database data in web request?

I'm trying to determine when a web application should query a database for related data that may or may not be used in the current request. As an example, consider a database that tracks assets for a ...
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Starting off with Grunt in an eclipse webapp project

I've been developing a webapp for some months now using struts2, jQuery and sitemesh to decorate my pages (JSP's mostly). My dependencies are managed by Maven and I've had a fun time learning as I'm ...
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User based licensing on web server

I'm developing a client-server software for an enterprise customer. I'm being asked to limit the number of user accounts to a number N. Each user logs in with it's own username/password combination, ...
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Cross-language Test-Driven Development

The short question: How do you follow Test-Driven Development on a project that spans multiple languages? Specifically, I'm writing a web application that uses JavaScript and PHP, and I want to ...
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Promise in Web MVVM

In MVVM (or Presentation Model), my (web) view listens to a CLICK event and calls a function of the Presentation Model to ask for the result. To clarify, the presentation model lives browser-side. ...
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Is it okay to return the “wrong” HTTP status code in order to show a more user-friendly error page?

Located here, RFC 7231 is all about the HTTP protocol (status codes) I'm developing an in-house web application for my university's department and I'm at a (probably unimportant) impasse. I'm ...
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Where in an MVC web application should writing files locally go?

In my web application that uses an MVC framework which has different modules for models, views and controllers I talk to several databases and APIs. Those are implemented as individual models. A lot ...
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What locking mechanism should be used when persisting data to files

I am beginning to learn how to create web applications from a golang tutorial. For simplicity, it persists data to files instead of a database. The complete code creates a server that can handle ...
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Designing CRUD part of an HTTP API

This question is in the context of web based applications. A web server exposing an HTTP api for clients (e.g. running in a browser but not necessarily). Usually the web server would be connected to ...
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My web app uses ASP, but does-it need it?

I’m relatively new to web development, and I’m amazed at the variety of new concepts in the field. I could probably use some help to synthetize. I have to deal with is a backend written in Delphi, ...
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Can a client-side library under the GPLv3 be used on a closed source website?

I'm building a website using Django and I'd like to include django-wiki, however it is licensed under the GPLv3. Does this require me to open source my front end code and/or server code? Or can I ...
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Should a SPA have a route URL visible in address bar?

I am developing a Angular SPA using angular-ui-route. We are in a confusion of should we have the route visible for User in the address bar or just have index.html (or home page) always ? Is there a ...
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GUI functional acceptance tests, making them less brittle / obstacle to further development

(Background - skip to bold statement for the crux) I'm working through the book "Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests" by Freeman & Pryce, while applying it to a project I'm starting....
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Good practice to save the last time user accessed the app

Using a JWT authentication, the user doesn't have to log in each time he uses my app. I would like to save in DB the last time the user used/opened the app. Technically, I have a set of REST API ...
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Deploy PHP application on customer server independent of the envirorment

Our company has developed a PHP(CakePHP) "Cloud" application that is running on our servers, now we have some customers that would like to use our service and make integrations to their local systems. ...
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Asp.net MVC web application and iOS mobile app

I am currently writing a web application in ASP.NET MVC, so far it is mostly a simple CRUD web app. The database is hosted on the cloud and I am using Entity Framework to interact with it. I know ...
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Do microservices scale down?

I've been reading up on microservices architecture, which gained a lot of recognition in recent years. As a big fan of UNIX philosophy, I find it very clean and sensible. However, exisiting ...
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Structuring a Python Project: Need some guidance

I currently am working on a project that involves several discrete components that have some common functionality, and I am in need of some advice. Right now I have a central component responsible ...
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SPA with RESTful backend

I'm building an app based on ng-seed which is angular setup with routing out of the box. I'm backing the app with a rest interface of which I aim for Richardson level 3 compliance. Often it seems ...