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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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What alternatives are there to using HTML/CSS layouts for websites? [closed]

Is there any existing in-use, or even just conceptual attempts at creating a markup or programmatic expressions for designing the layouts of websites other than HTML/CSS? If there are others out ...
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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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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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Should a web developer understand TCP/IP and how routers manage requests?

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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What is a good IDE for client side JavaScript development? [closed]

I recently started learning JavaScript and am looking for a good JavaScript Editor/IDE. I found dozens of them in a Google search but I would appreciate if users who have experience with using such an ...
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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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Which is better: to include HTML inside PHP code or outside it?

Look at this: <?php echo "Hello World"; ?> <br /> <?php echo "Welcome"; ?> And now look at this: <?php echo "Hello World"; echo "<br />"; echo "Welcome"; ?> Which ...
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Why don't we use dynamic (server-side generated) CSS?

As server-side generated HTML is trivial (and it was the only way to make dynamic webpages before AJAX), server-side generated CSS is not. Actually, I've never seen it. There are CSS compilers, but ...
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Ur/Web new purely functional language for web programming?

I came across the Ur/Web project during my search for web frameworks for Haskell-like languages. It looks like a very interesting project done by one person. Basically, it is a domain-specific purely ...
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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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How do I demonstrate my web development experience? [closed]

Web designers generally need to have a decent portfolio of websites to demonstrate their ability. It seems web developers should have a similar portfolio, but any portfolio website a web developer ...
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How do I apply a computer science degree to web development? [closed]

I'm a web programmer, but I haven't found many opportunities to take advantage of a formal education in computer science. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places, but it seems to me like most of ...
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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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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 buds and friends, I'm like stuck. I feel I'm gonna be humiliated because ...
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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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SQLite with two python processes accessing it: one reading, one writing

I'm developing a small system with two components: one polls data from an internet resource and translates it into sql data to persist it locally; the second one reads that sql data from the local ...
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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 ...
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Is it worth learning either GWT or Vaadin? [closed]

I consider myself a decent java/web developer. In my career I have always used servlets and ejb's with a web front end, most recently incoporating jquery and ajax. I can see the theoretical benefit ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Storing 5000 elements on client side in a web application [on hold]

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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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 ...
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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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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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What Do I Need To Know About Servers In a Web Development Role? [closed]

I know that may sound a little vague, so I'll try and explain a little further... After being self employed developer for many years I'm now in search of a commercial web developer role. My only ...
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Which Java based web ui framework to use? [closed]

Wicket Click GWT Vaadin As I understand them, these frameworks all enable gui components to be created using java (with all its benefits) without having to do lots of html/javascript. As well as ...
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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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Does it matter to you that a software is “available source” but not “open source”

You probably know the list of open source licenses officially approved by the OSI. Most notably I guess would be the GPL, MIT, [insert your favorite license here]. I recently ran into a project which ...
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How to save a young and dying project?

I am posting this anonymously because I don't want to get into potential trouble. I have a big problem. I recently joined a team that is less than a year old. I have been here since a month in to the ...
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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 do you design code? [closed]

Even though I work as a programmer, I've never actually been trained as one. Everything I know is self-taught. As part of my continual process of self-improvement, I want to develop better ...
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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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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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Has the time gone to think about user with JavaScript disabled in browser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I Bother To Develop for JavaScript Disabled? In this Modern time of HTML5 API jQuery Modernizr HTML5 Shim Respond.JS Google Chrome app store Canvas Has the ...
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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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Is the use of security conditionals in a view a violation of MVC?

Often what's displayed to a user (e.g. on a web page) will be based partly on security checks. I usually consider user-level / ACL security to be part of the business logic of a system. If a view ...
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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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Selecting the (right?) technology and environment

We are two developers on the edge of starting new web product development. We are both fans of lean start-up approach and would like to practice continuous deployment. Here comes the dilemma - we ...