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Should I use BLOB or Tables for storing large data?

Problem Currently investigating a solution to improve the performance of a web application. The application works well for small projects, but faces performance issues in the UI when working with ...
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HTTP API Versioning and Need to Introduce Breaking Changes to All Supported Versions

I am developing an HTTP application and deploying this by versioning it against the semantic versioning patterns/techniques/whatever they are. In order not to break existing clients and allow the ...
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PHP Multi-Page / Session Question

I created index.php that basically looks up all the individual php files (articles) in a few subfolders and prints them out. Since the quantity of articles is over 30 and growing, I implemented a ...
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Database Normalization vs dependencies

I am developing 3-4 interdependent programs. Call them foo bar baz and auth. I want them to be independent of each other. Imagine if I were to license out each program to other companies. Some ...
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how to import large amounts of data without locking sqlite database

Background Information I have a web app that provides the user with the usual CRUD functionality for "widgets" let's say. But I also have give them the option of creating widgets in bulk via ...
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Why sending a file is so difficult using angular? [closed]

I have to send a file (very large file) to a server. I'm studying what options I have and how to do it. I'm using angular + express + nodejs. If I use a simple form, I could catch the file on the ...
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Reuse already fetched data for request

I have action that fetches user model from db to check access. Then I have method that in some cases requires same model. function checkAccess(req, res, next) { var data = ...
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Serving file(S) trought 301 redirect vs passtrought daemon

I have been set limitations on the system and now i am trying to figure out the best pratice with the limitations. So theres 2 servers (or clusters), where: Server A hosts files. Server B being our ...
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How do I customize Bootstrap? [closed]

I am a desktop programmer but currently I am trying to develop a website. I know HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP but writing the complete code from scratch isn't encouraged and well, I end up with weird ...
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When designing a replacement application, how can I compare its performance to the original, if there are no existing statistics?

I don't believe there are any performance statistics kept for the application I'm being asked to replace, and don't want to ask the individuals doing the work to manually record things like how long ...
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Is it better to make database calls or external API calls first in the context of a single Web request?

Say you have a Web app that uses data from both a database and an external API, and for certain pieces of functionality, you need to call in to both in order to read/write the necessary data. Is it ...
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Should I omit database and server communication (after initial response)?

I have a project that I'm working on where a user uploads a big file which gets parsed by the backend, and then returns the data back in a friendlier format. Now I'm wondering whether I actually need ...
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filtering data from db

I've taken over a web application that someone else built. It's a pretty simple application that queries ALL records from a db and displays them in a list. They've also provided a way to 'filter' the ...
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Is Perl used for web development? [closed]

I am a web developer. I have been using php for many years and I also know lots of other programming languages so I wanted to try making websites using them. I know Perl and want to make a website ...
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Explanation of how server-side programming languages are accessed

It is my understanding that any general-purpose programming language can be used for server-side development of a website. Am I right in thinking that a server just needs some kind of interface such ...
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How to use own REST API in web front end?

I have implemented a JSON-based REST API for a simple blog. The API allows for the creation, viewing, deletion and modification of user info, blogs, blog posts, comments, 'likes', etc. Some of these ...
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Web developer sending port in web service from server to client

I'm working on a project where I have two websites (client and a server). I've opened web service and I'm trying to "send" a picture from my server to the client [WebMethod] public string ...
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Web applications and homogeneity across users

My boss is asking me to implement certain features in a web application (rails) that are relevant for only a couple users, sometimes just one user (the reason is this is targeted for businesses and a ...
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How to design a server that does not interrupt downloads?

I'm building a Node server that serves large files for download and streaming. It will be necessary to modify these files on occasion, sometimes in bulk with a script. I want to be able to update them ...
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Is it safe to link apps to w3.org?

I noted my dev team is using some xhtml links that pull something from w3.org within an application as it runs. Is this practice standard and/or secure/safe? They are referencing the following URLs: ...
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Should HTTP Request/Response objects be immutable?

I think it's safe to say that most web applications are based on the request/response paradigm. PHP has never had a formal abstraction of these objects. One group is trying to change this: ...
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User sessions in a web server; speed or persistence?

I'm looking to implement sessions for a web server that I'm developing in my free time. Currently, it had cookie support, so users could implement their own session management, but this is something ...
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Is it the standard accepted practice to install software using VBScript? [closed]

Consider the following requirements Windows software which communicates with a web application using basic authentication The software is an MSI package The software requires a token to be placed in ...
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How do sites like SquareSpace and Wix support multiple design templates? [closed]

How do these guys do it? I've worked on a couple multi-tenant sites and I have a hard time wrapping my head around how you would go about having each page of your site support many designs. Sure you ...
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How Do I Securely Edit a Database Entry Based On ID in an Admin System?

This is more of a conceptual question because the way that I am doing it would be secure enough for my purposes (educational). I created a simple admin panel that displays a stock picks database as ...
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Are web sockets a browser feature or supplied by a specific OS version?

Are web sockets a web browser feature, developed and evolving as the browser developers want, or this feature dependent on the OS version? For example, can I use this feature in JavaScript in IE and ...
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Layers of confusion (abstraction)

I have been assigned to a project where the end-product is a website as a music community. So it's uploading of music, sharing it amongst other users, listening to music from the website and so forth. ...
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Web application security: Need a 2 phase check?

(Is this the best forum for this type of question?) I'm writing a web application which allows approved users to login, and perform various tasks, depending on the security role(s) they have been ...
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Does streaming video pass through the website's server when embedded with javascript from another site?

Not sure how else to phrase this question, so my apologies if it's been asked before. We use Brightcove for streaming video. They offer an option to embed one of their players on your webpage using ...
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Do you still need created_by and updated_by attributes with dedicated auditing?

For as long as I have been writing database-backed websites, I have included created_by, created_at, updated_by, and updated_at in every single table. As you can guess, whenever a record gets created ...
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Chat-service database design

I have an android/desktop application that I'm now releasing on the web and, as there are some social aspects, I thought of adding a chat-service so users can IM as well. For this chat service, I want ...
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Which is the convention in Rails to perform calculations and display the results?

So I'm working on a personal project on Rails to learn more about this framework, and I wanted to add a feature in which the user choose a particular record from the view, and after some calculations ...
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Global gitignore v project [closed]

We have several web projects within our organisation - using different frameworks and with many different developers. Each developer might use a different ide and use different operating system etc ...
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Making backend service urls configurable

First of all, I will talk a little about the purpose of this question. We have several linux boxes on the same network on which different services are installed, some times these boxes are ...
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RESTful basic http atuhentication credentials

I am currently working on web application which has front-end, and back-end. Back-end has RESTful architecture, or something that looks like RESTful to me (this is my first attempt to make something ...
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With only backend development experience, how do I go into frontend development (js, html, css)? [closed]

Currently I am interning at a company as a "full stack" developer (Application developer on the job title) and I realize that I am having difficulties coping with frontend tasks. This is especially ...
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How to API design architecture for long delay process

Im trying to start an API design using Django Rest Framework, and the problem Im trying to solve is the following: Request endpoint is like this: POST http://server:8080/api/v1/device attribute: ...
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Printing a large number of images from the browser

I have a web application where I need to create, and then print, potentially tens of thousands of images at once. I need to support most modern Mac/PC browsers, but not mobile or tablet. My current ...
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Does react.js make sense for a static content-driven site?

I'm pretty sold on the react.js model because it makes DOM manipulation so smooth and comprehensible. But I'm wondering how it could be leveraged for a site that's largely static with big blocks of ...
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Separating Django models for SOA

First of all, the goal of this exercise is to create a SOA with Django. I am trying to understand what the implications would be if I decided to separate and insulate models into apps, provide a REST ...
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Web API alternatives to save a file to server's file system

We have a SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition and an ASP.NET Web API 2.2 web service. The web API is the public interface for the database. We need to end a production order doing: Changing a value ...
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Best practice for uploading large file, previewing, and editing before saving to database?

I am allowing users to upload a relatively large .csv file (about 1MB) - it will contain thousands of records that each represent one of my business objects. I want the users to upload the file and ...
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Understanding RESTful web services

I've been trying to understand how RESTful web services work and I've come up with a series of doubts and questions for which I have been unable to find an answer. First of all and to make sure I am ...
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RESTful Backend - How coupled should my back end and front end be?

I'm creating a web application with a front end client written in angular as well as a back end that I'm writing in Django (there are reasons I picked the frameworks but they are irrelevant to my ...
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Is there any harm in using amazon AWS as a development environment? [closed]

What modifications do I need to make to my workflow, and which skills do I need to learn in order to develop with Ruby On Rails on a Linux cloud server on Amazon Web Services (AWS)? In particular, I ...
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Image uploads - preoptimize with CDN or host on same machine?

I'm working on a personal blog that will be used for reviewing various goods/services and as a dev journal. I'm writing this in Angularjs and Nodejs as a learning experience, but I plan on using it ...
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SASS placeholders to avoid repeated rules in CSS output

I've got a question for all the frontend guys here. First of all, this is not about placeholders vs mixins as I've already have an idea about, whether to use one or another. So the question is - do ...
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Why is it a good practice to keep Javascript code in separate files?

In web development we are commonly used to keep Javascript code in separate files, but sometimes we need this Javascript code to manipulate server side data locally. For example, making an Ajax Call ...
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Scaling locks in high concurrency web apps [closed]

Our web application has a certain resource type that is shared accross multiple users, and may thus be read and written by anyone at anytime. We resorted to the usual suspects, database transactions ...
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Separating AngularJs and Django into individual Apps?

I am building a web application using AngularJs and our web server is built in Python Django Rest Framework. I would like to have the two projects separated and not coupled. In my current setup the ...