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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JSP Include: one large bean or bean for each include

I want to refactor a webapp that consists of very distorted JSPs and servlets. Because we can't switch to a web framework easily we have to keep JSPs and Servlets, and now we are in doubt how to ...
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Mobile app for a website vs browser view

I have noticed that many websites have their own mobile apps. For developers, What is the benefit of creating mobile app for a website? In which cases it is better than viewing it using browser? ...
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How to model the dependencies between fields in very complex forms

We have to create a web application that will be used as an application form for multiple insurance products (15 in total). This application form will be similar to a form wizard, it will span across ...
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What's the best way of building an administrative UI for an existing SPA application?

I’m working on an application where the client-side interface and backend server are completely separate applications. The backend is written in Ruby and only serves JSON via HTTP. The client is a ...
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From which point does it become dangerous to keep going as the sole developer on a project? [duplicate]

I'm working at a company where the management wants to capitalise on consulting experience to offer quality software to their (already existing) customers, and expand from that to become one day ...
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Creating a We Based Board Game UI - Where should I Begin? [on hold]

I am trying to create a simple board game. I am writing the back-end in Scala and am thinking of creating a web based user interface. The board game is played using dice and the players have pieces ...
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Attachment handling for web application with Jackrabbit

I need to manage attachments on my Spring web application and I thought to use an open source repository. My app it's a job approval system using J2EE / SPRING 3 Framework and Postgress DB to allow ...
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Are version numbers needed

We build a system which works as software as a service. Now I am wondering if it is needed to give the version number to the clients. For example Facebook doesn't give a version number neither does ...
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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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More efficient management of assets(image, documents) in a large web project

I am beginning to refactor a large, very old, messy project. One of the biggest issues is the lack of a central location on the filesystem for simple things like images, icons, documents, csv, etc. ...
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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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Design Application to “Actively” Invite Users (pretend they have privileges)

I am designing an application where users message one another privately, and may send messages to any Entity in the database (an Entity may not have a user account yet, it is a professional database). ...
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How to introduce testing in the development cycle

In our company, we are only two IT staffs, and I'm the only developper. I'm developping rich intranet applications using plain php and extjs as javascript framework. Our development cycle is usually ...
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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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Implementing Facebook Flux's Dispatcher [closed]

I am getting into Facebook's Flux architecture, which is a client-side MVC variant based on React.js. It features a dispatcher, a single object that mandates unidirectional data-flow, as opposed to ...
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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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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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Java Web Application in Cluster with Shared Database. How to Negotiate an Instance to do Updates? How to Notify Instances of Updates? [duplicate]

I have a Java web application, running in a cluster of Tomcat application servers and a shared SQL/JDBC database. Data from the database is cached in memory in each instance of the web app. My web ...
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Choosing a Programming Language Systematically [closed]

I am looking for a methodology for choosing a language. I am not asking for opinions about languages. I have been tasked with the process of comparing our shop's current language with others that are ...
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Django Project with Multiple Apps on Heroku

A newbie question: I've been able to deploy a few simple Django apps on Heroku very easily. However, now I am tackling a much larger project that consists of several apps (all Django and all with ...
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Application use on website

Is there a good way to run a C# application on clientside in lieu of JavaScript? I have done some front end work with JavaScript and backend C# for web developing at an old job, but I am interested in ...
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How to send data between HTTP requests without user modifying it?

I'm currently developing a web application (using laravel) where I have a form that edit a resource. Something like this: <!-- URL: /editResource/3 --> <form action="/editResource/3" ...
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Calling Web API vs adding reference to underlying dlls

This is more of an Architecture question, and I want to know all the possible pros and cons of the approach. In my org, we have an ASP.NET Application say "A", a Web API Project say "W", and ...
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Detect touch sizes on screen [closed]

Is it something possible to detect touch boundaries on a screen? My real question is relative to Javascript and Touch Events, but even speaking of common software (a regular application rather than a ...
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Why aren't HTML, CSS, and JavaScript used for desktop apps? [closed]

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can be used to build beautiful (and useful) UI's (especially now we have HTML5 and CSS3), and lots of people already know them. Though it's still way beyond my reach, how ...
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How do different technologies connect to form a web stack? [closed]

I am a little confused, is it possible to implement a front end using common languages like html, css and javascript and then do server side processing using a language of your choice, say python or ...
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Why use iFrames in a web application? [closed]

I am new at a company that has a saas web application, which uses iframes to load content from several different servers (all operated by us). Is there any known compelling reasons to use iFrames ...
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Decoupling HTML pages from App deployment

I work on an app where offline functionality is an integral part of the app. When small tweaks are necessary for the HTML pages, we need to redeploy the app in order for the changes to take effect ...
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Using a public username as a login username

It has just dawned on me, that a system I am developing exposes a users username in the URI. This is a problem, since some of the users pages are public. Therefore people will know their username. I ...
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Should you version web applications?

I've recently had a discussion with a coworker about versioning web applications. I don't think you need it at all, and if you just want a sanity check to confirm your latest release is live, I think ...
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Should I have a separate “Application” server to handle the REST traffic, or just one server to handle both browser and API (REST) traffic?

Let's forget scaling or cloud configuration for a second. Think of an application with a few platforms: Mobile (iOS, Android) Desktop (Windows, OS X) Web (HTML/CSS/JS) The question is regarding ...
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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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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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Balancing between performance, convenience & separation

Consider a web application that works with somewhat sensitive data on reliable, high performance clients. The data needs to be processed and manipulated. So far I have learned that when possible, ...
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Should I use WADL to describe my RESTful API?

I'm about to embark on a project that makes extensive use of a properly RESTful approach. That is, it uses HATEOAS and serves up resources in a manner that allows for general exploration by a client. ...
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Eliminating choices of programming languages? [closed]

There are a number of programming languages available today. My question is given a specific job what is the criteria one should use to eliminate other programming language choices which serve the ...
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How to pick a platform for a new application [closed]

What should be taken into account when choosing between desktop and web as a platform for a new application? There are definitely a lot of arguments for both platforms but what are the most important ...
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Project directory structure

Actually i'm using this project directory structure http://framework.zend.com/manual/1.12/en/project-structure.project.html But recently i started using namespaces in all my php-classes like: ...
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secure offline PC storage accessible through javascript

I'm attempting to build a browser-based HTML5 application that has the ability to store data locally on a PC (not mobile device) when offline. This data is sensitive and must be secure. Of course the ...
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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 to ensure multiple clients don't poll the server at the same time?

I am making an android app which will talk to a web service to get data. The web service has a rate limit of 100 calls per minute. Is there a way, recommended method to ensure that the app across ...
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Advice on which approach to follow for sandboxing the input in an intentional “vulnerable” web app (sandbox in python) [duplicate]

my question is about which is the best approach/practice on building a "sandbox mechanism" in Python in a web application. The app will provide intentional vulnerable scenarios, and the user has to ...
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Common Methods for communication between Offline Software and Web Application?

The purpose/s of this question is to discover what are some of the most reliable methods of achieving communication between existing offline software and a web application. (Example) Scenario: A ...
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How many functions called by other functions are too many?

I posted a question about a week ago about using PHPExcel with multiple cases of use and how to simplify it. Since then my process has simplified as we've agreed to work with a single lay out with ...
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Managing a website with version control?

The small website I built a long time ago is starting to pick up a little and I'm starting to run into problems with making changes. Originally, all the pages were .html and I would edit and test them ...
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Why can't a server continue to act on a request after sending the response?

Say for example I've got a RESTful webservice, and I need to support creating a widget via a POSTed http request. I need to Deserialize the POSTed widget. Validate the deserialized widget. Persist ...
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Factors for choosing between using a wrapper library or issuing command line process from my web application

I have a Java web application that makes use of certain libraries for example: Ghost Script for converting PDFs to TIFFs and Tesseract for OCR. There are java wrappers for both of these: Ghost4J and ...
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Is it necessary to collect zip codes if I'm already collecting address, city, and state?

I'm currently building a B2B web application. As a part of the signup process, I require users to enter their office's street address, state, and city, which I then geocode into latitude and longitude ...
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What is “presentation logic” and how much is acceptable in views?

In my web application I have to provide a form for creating and editing. The forms for creating and for editing have minor differences, so I am thinking of doing something like this in my view: ...
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Would it be a wise decision to opt for just Javascript to create a single page application, instead of HTML and CSS?

I've mainly done application development, but have also worked on simple web projects (where the HTML and CSS were created by the web dev guys). Recently I tried creating a website for myself, and ...