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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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Git for web development on server, with “dev” and “productive” folders [duplicate]

This question has been asked before, but none of the answers could help me in my case. I am developing a web application in PHP and JS. The workflow as it is today is the following: There are two ...
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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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How to protect a public tracking API?

Let's say company X has websites A, B, and C. It would like to track how people are visiting them in ways that Google's Analytics and other services can't. So we company X provides a web API to track ...
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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 ...
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Linking stylesheets and scripts when using server side includes

I am working on a site where I want to have a header and footer on each page, so I thought about using server side includes for this. I have not used them before so I am a little bit unsure about best ...
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Is it reasonable to have grunt/gulp build phases in javascript dev environment

Nowdays it's goes to be very fancy to have grunt/gulp build phases who concatenate and minify and organize javascript code. And I agree that this is important for production. But as a developer, I ...
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How can I (in general) program a website for mobile devices?

I really tried searching about this in the internet but came upon diverse search results which barely specified what must be done specifficaly. I'm now running ubuntu and php5 through nginx, amongst ...
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Solutions To Partial ORM Retrieval

I have read the following question regarding whether it is best to use objects with fully or partially populated data members. The 3 suggestions were: that perhaps using a fully populated ORM model ...
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Relatively large data on client side in web application

We are discussing on building a web application where (as per clients requirement), there will be relatively large data (60,000 items) to be shown as tree view. Let's assume each item is string of ...
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User interaction on a website without requiring registration nor captcha

Are there succesful ways (i.e. non spammed by 1000 bots per second!) to propose some user interaction on a website such as : Voting up / Voting down / Liking posts Posting comments but without ...
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Sacrificing readability for shorter compiled code

I'm currently revisiting some code I wrote in sass when I was learning it and I came upon a particular issue. I was able to write the code in 2 ways, with the first being the more readable code and ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Storing 5000 elements on client side in a web application [closed]

I just had a phone interview for ASP.Net developer, after initial introductory stuff the interviewer ask me first technical question: "How would you store 5000 elements on client side for each user ...
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Using Prolog to implement authorization rules

I'm working on a user management "pseudoframework" in PHP, and I'm trying to implement fine-grained rule-based authorization. I'm using a combination of SQL and condition-checking functions written ...
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Querying all data vs required data [duplicate]

If I have a MySQL database that has a table that contains user data, would it be better to load all of the data from the table when loading a page that requires a users data (only one users data is ...
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When do I reuse or create a new Builder

I've implemented a Builder Pattern in a project I'm working on. I'm using this design pattern to created Fields and Components (div, tables, panel (boostrap)). So I have a Director Component class. ...
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Should the async update-server be on the same physical server as the website?

I want to setup a comet/web-socket server for a forum sitting in front of a message queue i.e. rabbitmq, that will maintain client connections and update them about relevant events (i.e. new posts, ...
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When deploying code to a production server, how are non-source code assets such as images and PDFs managed?

Currently, I am trying to set up deployment procedures and GIT for a group of websites. Code and assets are between 15 and 20GB. The code and related text files are probably closer to 150MB. When ...
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Web components and performance

I am having trouble learning about the impact of web components and shadow DOM on the browser, specifically related to repaint. I remember reading at one point that the shadow DOM nodes have ...
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Multiple websites and applications using one user database

I've got several applications and websites that will be built around one main application. In a perfect situation users will be able to register once and be able to log into the different applications ...
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Provide web images with high resolution and let the browser scale it. A bad idea?

Back in the old days when I learned to create web pages, the rule of thumb was: Don't resize your images with HTML/CSS, provide the image in its "native" resolution. Otherwise, it will be upscaled or ...
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How to safely chain several API requests for a single user

I am writing a web application with Python and Flask. At a high-level, the web service takes an ID, downloads a file from a third-party API based on that ID, reads and analyzes the data inside the ...