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How much HTML and CSS should server side developer know? [closed]

I have done C and C++ and now I want to start my career as a web-developer. I read a lot about web-development and came to know that there were two types of developers on the web, 1. Client Side ...
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How risky is it to use Coffeescript without knowing Javascript? [closed]

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 can I improve my skills while working on actual projects, in the absence of more experienced developers? [closed]

I'm the lead developer at a small company, working with C# and ASP.Net. Our team is small, 2-3 people, without much experience in development and design. I don't have the opportunity to learn from ...
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ASP.NET MVC vs WCF for REST API + Webpage usage

I think the discussion for programmatic service oriented usage vs human interaction is clear. But if I were to create an application that makes use of both a programmatic API and a website that makes ...
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How do you update live web sites with code changes?

I know this is a very basic question. If someone could humor me and tell me how they would handle this, I'd be greatful. I decided to post this because I am about to install SynchToy to remedy the ...
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Java web application folder structure

As a beginner to J2EE, I have recently started developing my own project from scratch using the Core of J2EE : Servlets & Jsps. I could not evaluate whether my project folder structure is right ...
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What is the benefit of hypermedia (HATEOAS)?

I don't understand the benefit to HATEOAS for APIs intended for use by programs (as opposed to humans directly browsing your API). Sure, the customer isn't bound to a URL schema but they are bound to ...
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Has anyone ever claimed a warranty on an SSL certificate? [closed]

SSL certificates often advertise varying amounts of warranties or guarantees, for example $500,000 or $1m. My question is, in the history of SSL, has anyone ever actually successfully claimed one of ...
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Displaying the number of registered users to a website

I am building an online game much like Mafia Wars. I was thinking of displaying the number of registered users on the home page, but then I thought: "What if a new user sees that the total number ...
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Dynamic vs Statically typed languages for websites [closed]

This statement suggests that statically typed languages are not ideal for web sites: I’ll contrast that with building a website. When rendering web pages, often you have very many components ...
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How to create better OO code in a relational database driven application where the database is poorly designed

I am writing a Java web application that consists mainly of a bunch of similar pages in which every page has several tables and a filter that applies to those tables. The data on these tables comes ...
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How do web servers enforce the same-origin policy?

I'm diving deeper into developing RESTful APIs and have so far worked with a few different frameworks to achieve this. Of course I've run into the same-origin policy, and now I'm wondering how web ...
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Why did Facebook use C++ beside PHP? [closed]

What is the main reason that made Facebook need to use C++ beside PHP? I am wondering if I make a website with alot of vistors would I need to use C++ as well?
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Is there any design pattern except MVC for web?

I want to know are there any design patterns for web besides MVC? I know there are design patterns as: Registry, Observer, Factory, ActiveRecord ,... and MVC a set of other design patterns and folder ...
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What should I do to scale out a high-traffic website?

What best practices should be undertaken for a website that needs to "scale out" to handle capacity? This is especially relevant now that people are considering the cloud, but may be missing out on ...
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What are the drawbacks of sending XML to browsers and let them apply XSLT?

Context Working as a freelance developer, I often made websites completely based on XSLT. In other words, on every request, an XML file is generated, containing everything we need to know about the ...
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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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I don't really understand “Backend/Serverside” when it comes to web-development?

In the Web development world, what exactly do backend/server-side programmers do? I guess I don't really understand the whole concept. I've done the HTML/CSS layouts and website design and a little ...
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What are hooks? [closed]

I keep coming across this term hooks in various programming articles. However I don't understand what they are, and how can they be used. So I just wanted to know what is the concept of hooks; if ...
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Are web best practices so important if they are always violated by large companies?

Usually, there are a bunch of rules and best practices which help optimizing a website, bring new customers, and in general making user experience fast, smooth and pleasant while (sometimes) reducing ...
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How to develop front end (UI) for my Django website

I am learning Django and new to web development. Please excuse me if you find this question too dumb. So, I am creating a Facebook application using Django which I would like to host in Google App ...
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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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Are there any statically-typed Web scripting languages?

There seems to be two major ways to set up a web server backend. You can use a LAMP stack, with the server-side code in something like PHP or Python (or Ruby or JavaScript, which don't start with a P....
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How do you keep track of large projects?

When dealing with a project that has many different files, I always seem to loose track of how the parts interact with one another. I've never really had much of a problem understanding smaller ...
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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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Alternative to coding directly on server? [duplicate]

We have a large website made in PHP running in Apache on Linux. There are programmers as well as non-technical users modifying the website every day and we do it directly on the test server. Is there ...
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Should a web developer understand TCP/IP and how routers manage requests? [closed]

I had a job interview today for a Job position as developer on an important site. They asked tonnes of programming language related questions, which I managed to answer without problems, but then they ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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Is it a good practice set connection strings in a web config?

Recently I have a discussion with some of my colleagues at my work because they said that it's better have in a .DLL a string connection encrypted. And I said why just don't use the string connection ...
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How much does a web developer need to know about Linux? [closed]

I was just wondering if a typical PHP developers needs to be very familiar with Linux. I am studying Linux right now and I believe some of linux knowledge is not required for a PHP developer job (not ...
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what are the best tips for storing images in a database?

Is it appropriate to store the image files in the database? Or it would be better to store only the path of the file in the database, while keeping the file itself on the server? Are there any other ...
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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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Would you fork an open source project because it's “poorly managed”

If you know of an open source project whose organizer has gotten really busy that he doesn't maintain it that much and he's the type of guy that doesn't accept contributions until a few months ...
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How much can one programmer do on his own? [closed]

With software products taking whole teams of people to develop, how much can one programmer accomplish on his/her own? In other words, could a single person write Photoshop, MS word, etc...? And if ...
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Choosing between CL and Python for web development

I'm coming from a Java / PHP background and after I read this little essay by Paul Graham I started wondering about picking up a new language namely Common Lisp to speed up my work (I'm a web ...
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Good at Backend, but bad at front end

I want to start web development, I have been learning php. I have experience in Java, Python, and C++ This experience has made me good at the back end side of web development. But I am terrible at ...
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Are there efforts to build a collaboratively edited HTML/JS/DOM reference?

W3Schools has a reputation of being incomplete, sometimes incorrect, and ridden with advertising; still, when looking to look up some things or link to documentation when answering a SO question, it ...
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Why do I find it so hard to share my work?

I've done some application out there, coding is not the problem. But when it comes to deploying / communicating / sharing with colleagues and friends, I'm like stuck. I feel I'm going to be humiliated ...
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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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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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How do I make sense of the javascript frameworks explosion ? Should I learn them all? [closed]

For a beginner web developer who is still doing web development the conventional way (PHP/J2EE/Struts on server side, HTML/CSS/Javascript on client side), I was bowled over by the recent blog post on ...
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What are the legal risks if any of using a GPL or AGPL Web Application Framework/CMS?

Tried to ask this on SO but was referred here... Am I correct in saying that using a GPL'ed web application framework such as Composite C1 would NOT obligate a company to share the source code we ...
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Is it possible to work with distrusting clients [closed]

One of our junior developers has been assigned a new client (we don't have the client yet, we're still working with him to see if we can meet his needs) and the junior developer said the client will ...
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How do I approach fixing an unreproducible/randomly occurring bug?

We have a multilingual website in which a bug was discovered some days ago. It was displaying other language data in other language and also the mixture of data like English language was selected but ...
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What are proven advantages of tools like GWT over pure JavaScript frameworks?

GWT is a software stack that translates Java code and a sub-set of the Java Runtime's class library to JavaScript code. In comparison with JavaScript toolkits, GWT can seem alienating, by nature and ...
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How to deal with user interface design and respective feature support in Agile development?

In an Agile development process usually the main focus is on User stories, but sometimes a single requirement may span several user stories. For example, the client may request a search page for all ...
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How should we handle extra cosmetic features in Scrum sprints?

I was reading the Scrum documents and it says that the tasks in Sprint should be "potentially shippable". I am confused by what this means. Suppose in Sprint 1 the goal was, "user registration form". ...
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JavaScript and the paradigm shift in web programming

If my memory serves me right, there was a time when using JavaScript for web development was hugely frowned upon, because among other things, it was a privacy and security concern for users and some ...
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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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Common Javascript mistakes that severely affect performance?

At a recent UI/UX MeetUp that I attended, I gave some feedback on a website that used Javascript (jQuery) for its interaction and UI - it was fairly simple animations and manipulation, but the ...