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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Best practices for web application Authentication/Security (Any Platform)

I got a question today from my manager asking me my thoughts on what is considered an acceptable design for authentication of a web form application, especially in regards to the nature of many ...
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How does the GPL work in regards to languages like Dart which compile to other languages?

Google's Dart language is not supported by any Web Browsers other than a special build of Chromium known as Dartium. To use Dart for production code you need to run it through a Dart->JavaScript ...
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How do mashups work with same-orgin policy?

If Javascript is only allowed to access scripts from the same domain, how can a website create mashups which must read and modify content from another domain?
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How to pick a web application software engineer?

How should I pick a web application software engineer? The (permanent) position is to rewrite the client of an existing desktop client server application. The pages will not be generated ...
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Is obtrusive JavaScript ever ok?

I was thinking that if all the users of a website are required to have JavaScript enabled, Is it ok to use obtrusive JavaScript? I'm all for progressive enhancement, but what's the point when an ...
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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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What's the best way to scale and split an agile team building a web app?

I've recently joined a company where I'm working as the scrum master on an agile development project building a web app. The team is just about to be the maximum size for an agile team (expecting 9 ...
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Are there any conceptual drawbacks to building a web app with C++ and MySQL?

I've inherited a pretty interesting project where there is a good opportunity to take an existing piece of software and turn it into a SaaS web app. As the project is inherited, the code base/ ...
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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 obscuring/obfuscating public-facing database ids really a “best practice”?

I've heard people lecture here and there on the internet that it's best practice to obscure public facing database ids in web applications. I suppose they mainly mean in forms and in urls, but I've ...
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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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JavaScript Multi Threading

Well these days JavaScript is main player in all web development technologies , on client side for making user interface better, client side logic, on some web servers as server side logic also Add ...
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How do CDNs protect failover sites from DDoS attacks?

I'm in the design process for a Java web app that I will probably end up deploying to Google App Engine (GAE). The nice thing about GAE is that I really don't have to worry about fortifying my app ...
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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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Creating a web-end for a C++ program

I was wondering what would be the best method for creating a web end for interfacing with a C++ program on the server. At first I simply thought just using shell execution from the web server side ...
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Should we compile our website to a single dll, or a dll per page?

We're developing a new project that is to be deployed on a large number of client sites. The project contains a web-based GUI as one of it's "access points". Speed of the web interface is a priority ...
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Does the lack of states on HTTP make the protocol unfit for modern applications? [closed]

I changed from PHP to ASP.NET, now I’m working with webforms in a somewhat large company. I given some though and research to back my impressions on ASP.NET webforms and I came to the conclusion that ...
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Most common website scalability pitfalls

We are designing a website/web application where we hope to to achieve high user counts and, in general, lots of use. More specifically, we intend to be using PHP as the programming/scripting language ...
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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 web session “Bad Design”? Why?

the other day I was discussing with a colleague and he came out saying that using user's session in a web application is just wrong. I replied that it could be wrong depending by the information you ...
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How does Python work?

This question may seems a little bit silly, but what the heck. I started to learn Python. I know basic syntax, etc. When I work with HTML, PHP, etc., I simply write code, put it inside .html or ...
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How do you handle multiple users editing the same piece of data in a webapp?

There's a project I'm working on that is looking to produce a web application that will manage a task list between multiple users. This is a master task list whose task items get distributed by an ...
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Using CSS classes as decorators - a good pattern?

I've been building a web-app with a fairly complex GUI - many small elements alongside eachother and within other elements that need various behaviours (dragging, clicking, but context-sensitive). My ...
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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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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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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 to make models do more than setting and getting data and validation

I am asking this question because after developing a few small custom cms solutions in a framework, I developed the idea that Models can be easily substituted with ORMs which ease up the task of ...
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Are there any free tools to measure web project's performance, security and other standards?

Are there any open-source tools to measure the standard of a web application project? I want to verify my project for: Possible security leaks (SQL Injection etc.) Performance Stability (in high ...
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is GAE an infrastructure capable of hosting an app used by millions of active users?

I would like to know with the restrictions of GAE listed below, is it even possible to build a great social app (like Facebook) by hosting that app on GAE? In other words is GAE an infrastructure ...
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Should a web developer know how to do slicing?

I am a web developer. I'm doing all kinds of web-sites and web applications. It's very strange for me that a lot of customers do not know the difference between a web developer and a slicer. They ...
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What's the web framework to use on a front-end web application? [closed]

What do you consider a good client web framework to use on interface business application? jQuery? YUI!? Another? Some plugins useful? The application will be use mostly internally replacing a ...
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How to manage automated emails sent from a web application

I am designing a web application and I am wondering how to design the architecture to manage sending automated emails. Currently I have this feature build into my web app and the emails are sent ...
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Why use phpunit when traditional manual testing can be used

When I make a web app I test my work on the browser to see if I receive any errors and fix them. I have made complex applications and testing this way has been easy and fast. I have watched many ...
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How do web apps create subdomains?

I want to understand the architecture of web apps that use subdomains. I don't think that I'm phrasing this well, so let me explain. Many web apps, like tumblr or shopify create a user's site on a ...
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Scaling Up applications

What should I consider when taking an application (web) from a few users to hundreds or thousands? Basically, what should I be considering when thinking about escalating?
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How do I decide what testing framework to use?

The situation is this. I'm a junior developer for a small government IT project. We don't have anything of continuous integration or a automated testing framework. But the idea is to be developing ...
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Build Process for Web Application

I have a web application with lots of Javascipt and CSS code. I want to minify the CSS and JS code using something like UglifyJS. However, I don't want to program with the minified code and I want my ...
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Good approaches for packaging PHP web applications for Debian

Many PHP web applications follow this model for installation and upgrade: Un-tar a source tar ball. Point Apache at the source. Navigate a web browser to the home page. Go through several web pages ...
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Python in Big Data?

Can python be efficiently implemented in big data field? To be precise I am building an web app that analyses really big data in medical health care field consisting of medical history and huge ...
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AngularJS: structuring a web application with multiple ng-apps

The blogosphere has a number of articles on the topic of AngularJS app structuring guidelines such as these (and others): http://www.johnpapa.net/angular-app-structuring-guidelines/ ...
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How to choose between lightweight or heavyweight framework for web application

In my current role as a software developer in a Java/Spring/Hibernate/JSF shop, I am sometimes asked to develop large-scale web apps with many interfacing systems and/or large databases as well as ...
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Strategy for restoring state via URL in web apps

This is a question about modern web apps, where a single page is loaded, and all subsequent navigation is done by XHR calls and modifying the DOM. We can use libraries that manipulate the hash ...
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Are there open-source JavaScript libraries addressing multiple browser tabs and client state for newer browsers?

There are a few new HTML5 features that have made it into recent browsers that allow sharing state among tabs, browser windows, same domain windows, etc. So it's probably gotten a little easier to ...
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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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What is the rationale behind entering email twice for registration? [duplicate]

Many web sites ask users to enter their email address twice, sometimes taking the trouble to disable copy-pasting. What is the logic behind this? Is this e.g. a security measure?
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When is it appropriate to do calculations in front-end?

My team is developing a WEB based finance application and there was a bit of an argument with a colleague where to keep the calculations - purely in back-end or keep some in front-end too? Brief ...
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In PHP, how do you code with scalability in mind?

I know this may be a general question, but what exactly goes into scaling for all the users you will encounter, even if not in the next few months? I did some research and most of what is done is ...
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How to prevent same user rating a web content like video more than once?

We have youtube kind of website where we calculate rating for every video. Based on rating we award cash. Our problem is no same user can rate a video more than once. We thought if we keep track of ...
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How is multi-threading different in a Java based Web Application vs Stand-alone Java Application

I am fairly new to Java and my experience is limited to Web Based Applications running on a Web Container (Jboss in my case). Am I correct in saying that for Web Applications the web container takes ...
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What is the best PHP ORM library? [closed]

I want to build a PHP web application, but always faces the problem that I need to connect to database and deal with related objects. So I tried codeigniter and it uses a special way to connect to ...