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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Advice on designing web application with a 40+ year lifetime

Scenario Currently, I am apart of a health care project whose main requirement is to capture data with unknown attributes using user generated forms by health care providers. The second requirement ...
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Are there open source alternatives to Bitbucket, Github, Kiln, and similar DVCS browsing and management tools? [closed]

I am aware of several tools/services that provide DVCS browsing and management such as Bitbucket, Github, Kiln, SCM-Manager and Rhodecode. However, the use case I am considering is one such that: ...
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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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Why doesn't HTTP have POST redirect?

HTTP redirects are done via HTTP codes 301, and 302 (maybe other codes also) and a header field known as "Location" which has the address of the new place to go. However, browsers always send a "GET" ...
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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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Difference between REST and CRUD

I learned REST and it feels a lot like CRUD (from what I have read about CRUD). I know they are different, and I wonder if thinking they are similar means I don't understand them. Is it that REST is ...
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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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Is it the job of a developer to suggest IT requirements?

I am the only developer working on a web application which is nearing to its end. Now we are looking into making it Live in maybe a couple of months time. This is a web application for a non IT ...
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Is it possible for business logic not to creep into the view?

I've developed for several web application projects for the last 3 years, both personal and at work, and I can't seem to figure out whether it's possible for at least some business logic not ending up ...
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Is there a good reason to avoid node.js for non-realtime web apps?

I've seen a lot of talk about how awesome Node.js is for realtime web apps -- things that need sockets, Comet, AJAX-heavy communications, and so forth. I know that its event-driven, asynchronous, ...
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When creating an api should I stick with small functions and many calls, or a few calls and large functions?

I have a rails platform that I maintain. It has a lot of different web applications built on top of it. However now a client is asking for an API so that they can keep users on their site, but take ...
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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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What benefits are there to native JavaScript development?

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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Overcoming general lack of UI design skill in developers

I have been told, and have found for myself, that lots of developers are not good at UI design (I don't know how true is this) but it is true about me at least. In web development good code ...
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Why doesn't Google use GWT in most of its applications?

Google created Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and doesn't use it when building their own web applications. Does this mean GWT is not suitable for building dynamic applications? Or have caching problems? Or ...
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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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Should cookies be used in a RESTful API?

I'm specifically interested in how users perform authorized / authenticated operations on a web API. Are authentication cookies compatible with the REST philosophy, and why?
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Pros and Cons of RESTful architecture

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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What management/development practices do you change when a team of 1-3 developers grows to 10+?

My team built a website for a client several years ago. The site taffic has been growing very quickly and our client has been asking us to grow our team to fill their maintenance and feature request ...
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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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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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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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How do web APIs work? [closed]

I have heard of many web APIs like that of Facebook, Twitter, etc., which helps third party access data and manipulate it. I would like to know how a web API works. What are the basics of a web API? ...
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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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What advantages are conferred by using server-side page rendering?

I am developing a web app and I have currently written the entire website in html/js/css and on the backend I have servlets that host some RESTFUL services. All the presentation logic is done through ...
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Alternatives to OAuth?

The Web industry is shifting / has shifted towards using OAuth when extending API services to external consumers & developers. There is some elegance in simple....and well, the 3-step OAuth ...
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A Web application as a REST API client: how to handle resource identifiers

Several concepts related to REST conflict in my head when I try implementing it. I have a REST-ful back-end API system that holds the business logic, and a web application that provides the UI. From ...
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Resources for Test Driven Development in Web Applications? [closed]

I would like to try and implement some TDD in our web applications to reduce regressions and improve release quality, but I'm not convinced at how well automated testing can perform with something as ...
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What should we tell our unsupported IE6 users?

In the upcoming version of our web app, we've broken IE6, and we don't intend to fix it. We've had a clear warning posted for IE6 users for some months; we've decided it's time not to support it. My ...
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How does Ruby, Python, PHP manage without Spring?

I write enterprise Java applications and web services at work (Spring, Hibernate, Maven, RESTEasy) and PHP (CakePHP) and Python (Django) for my side projects. While I do see the value that Inversion ...
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Is web application startup time really that important?

Had a conversation with someone about adding some initialization code on application startup and he complained about that causing an increasing in the startup time. He couldn't really state a reason ...
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Why isn't html, css and js used for desktop apps

html, css and js can be used to build beautiful(and useful) ui's (specially with html5 and css3) and lots of people already know them. Though its still way beyond my reach, but how difficult can it be ...
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General thought process for “How would you build this website/app” interview questions

I've collected a bunch of interview questions like "Describe how you would design a photo album application", "Describe how you would design this particular feature of this particular website" (e.g. ...
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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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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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How important is using the same language for client and server?

I have been evaluating architecture solutions for a mobile project that will have a web-service/app in addition to native apps and have been looking at various libraries, frameworks, and stacks like ...
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When to use MVC

I'm building a site with PHP and a MySQL backend. But, I am currently not using any type of framework. Should I be using Model View Controller?
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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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How to roll out a feature to only a select few users

A good example of what I'm trying to ask about would be Facebook's new Timeline feature. In the beginning, only a select few were allowed access to timeline. As the feature became more solidified in ...
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Do I have to learn html and javascript to create web applications?

I am an experienced Java programmer, and I want to create a complex web application requiring dynamic pages, drawings, etc (take SO as an example). Do I have to learn javascript/html in order to ...
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Can it be a good idea to create a new table for each client of a webapp?

This is semi-hypothetical, and as I've no experience in dealing with massive database tables, I have no idea if this is horrible for some reason. On to the situation: Imagine a web based application ...
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Are breadcrumbs still a viable way to navigate web sites and web apps?

I'm currently working on the following types of web sites and apps: ecommerce like Amazon Reservation system (think of a hotel receptionist checking rooms availability) Invoice management like ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...