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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Testing minor browser version compatibility

I develop a web application and we test it on several browsers, including Firefox and Internet Explorer. During our development we tested the application on Firefox 3.5.2 and our testing team tested ...
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How to avoid context switching while developing full stack web apps?

To give some context, I've been a Ruby & Rails developer for the past few years, and just recently started doing quite a lot of JavaScript to add more responsiveness to the apps. When programming ...
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Relationship between REST APIs and Databases

I've been studying databases and rest APIs lately and I have a question about the relationship between the two. Imagine I have a database with three tables, STUDENTS, ENROLLED, and CLASSES. STUDENTS ...
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How to automate tasks performed on a web page [on hold]

I apologize if this has been asked before, I don't know what this would be called and as such I don't know how to phrase the question. I work for a large company, and as such it has many people ...
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How to use SOLID principles in this example

I have reading about SOLID principles last week and decided to try to solve real world problem by using them. So I got the problem of real world ecommerce site managing totals. Problem Statement: ...
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Should we reuse web app logs for user behaviour analytics?

Our web app generates a large amount of logs. These logs include both events regarding background operations in the app (data arrives from the server, ajax failures, inter-component communication, ...
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Web application / Domain model integration using JSON capable DTOs

I'm a bit confused about architectural choices for the web-applications/java/python world. For c/c++ world the available (open source) choices to implement web applications is pretty limited to zero, ...
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Modular Web App Network Architecture

Assuming that I am dealing with dedicated physical servers or VPSs, is it conceivable and does it make sense to have distinct servers setup with the following roles to host a web application? ...
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Building a real-time web-app with Ajax .post()

Usually, real-time web-apps are built with websockets, right? Well, let me be radical here - what if I used Ajax? Okay, okay, I know it has its limitations. You can't build Agar.io, sending data ...
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What is a correct way to exchange information between “frontend” and “backend”? [closed]

I am not so experienced in client-server applications and I could not find exactly answer to my question anywhere in google. I am developing part of application on server side and my collegue who ...
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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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B2B SaaS application architecture

For my angularJS application I'm using asp.net web api backend. For B2C I'm normally have one scalable backend application and each customer can have an account to use the services. There is one ...
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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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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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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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Where is a good place I can discuss the details about web development? [migrated]

I'm getting back into web development and a lot has changed. I was redirected here. Is this the place I can ask about web development processes, tools, problems and solutions? Thanks
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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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Create Offline Demo Environment Database Substitute [closed]

I would like to know if there is a best practice for creating demo environments that substitutes database interaction into other forms of resource i.e. creating .json files containing the data that ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of building a single page web application [closed]

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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Project size vs. Team size

I'm a freelance solo web developer/designer/iPhone app maker by night (IT technician by day) and I'm interested in developing a social network site to go public (like Facebook, fingers crossed for ...
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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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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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What is the different between web site and web application?

I have a friend who works in financing. His company wants a website for the company. He is really confused about a web site and a web app, and I don't really understand them enough to explain. Can you ...
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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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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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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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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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How best to store images on a file system [closed]

Developing an application in which users have to upload images. I have not really got much experience with file uploads in an application so I am wondering what the best way is for storing images ...
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Before you develop a web app, how much of a spec do you need? [closed]

If you were to accept a role as a full time web app developer responsible for creating a new application from scratch, how much of a defined specification and design would need and/or expect to start ...
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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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How to have my callbacks authenticated in a REST app?

I'm developing a REST application and I allow my clients to authenticate in several ways (typically using Authorization: Token ... as in OAuth 2.0, but also there's session-based auth option for the ...
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How to identify http requests made from a closed-source java app?

I am an avid Go player and play on the Kiseido Go Server. I would like to write an open source client for this, but the KGS protocol is a well-kept secret. Is there any way to catch the http ...
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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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Exception Handling in Java web application

I know exception handling is a topic often discussed in the world of Java. I've read a few threads on here and SO as well. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why do people use markdown wysiwyg editors in web applications?

I understand the advantages of using markdown in local text files, and then taking those files and generating HTML. This is great for documentation, readme's in git repositories and posts for static ...
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Communicating between browser and a native application securely

I am working on web application that needs data it can only get from its locally installed native application browser. How can you get around the browser sandbox so that you can communicate ...
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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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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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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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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 ...