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How to avoid micro management from a client? [Design Job]

Hello fellow designers, I need your help yet again. As you all know from my last question that I am new to the design industry (and a recent graduate). This is turning out to be an obstacle in my ...
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Looking for quality sites built with JavaScript (not jQuery) to learn from their example

I'm new to JavaScript. I've read JavaScript: The Good Parts and half of Professional JavaScript for Web Developers. Now I want to follow this advice - find the best sites and look at their code. As ...
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Best practices for recovering usernames

I've seen a lot of information on best practices for dealing with lost password on websites, but what about usernames? Is there a standard way of dealing with this? My basic idea is to ask for the ...
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is GAE an infrastructure capable of hosting an app used by millions of active users?

I would like to know with the restrictions of GAE listed below, is it even possible to build a great social app (like Facebook) by hosting that app on GAE? In other words is GAE an infrastructure ...
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How to architect a website's presentation layer?

I have been going back and forth in different approaches for designing the presentation layer for websites. Many people swear by one of the different CMS packages which is too constraining and ...
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using trademarked/copyrighted images in my public web application

Consider a public web application that wants to 'look' better by including the use of corporate images. The imagery would be used to give the website visitor a choice: Coke or Pepsi, Starbucks or ...
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Show your customers your roadmap

I read a while ago an article about "Managing Expectations" and I ask myself, is it a good or bad idea to share your roadmap with your customers? In your experience, what are the pros and cons of ...
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How to speed up PHP powered websites? [closed]

Many people are talking about somethings like accelerator, opcode, etc to speed up a website's performance. To be honest I do not know how to make any PHP website perform well and when do I need to ...
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When to use PHP or ASP.NET? [closed]

I have worked extensively in developing web applications using PHP and ASP.NET, but one of the questions that I'm constantly asked by customers is whether to move forward with a php website or an ...
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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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What are some precedents on how substantial a snippet must be to be copyrightable?

I occasionally worry that when I borrow snippets of code from websites, etc. there's at least the theoretical possibility that this will be copyright infringement. However, small pieces of code to ...
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What is a programmer's role in error-checking text content?

As a primarily web-based programmer, a lot of my projects involve significant amounts of text content. In my previous job, I frequently worked with a project manager notorious for his unwillingness ...
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Should I be a professional in C# programming in order to build good web applications using ASP.NET?

I do not know if there is special programming in C# for the web or it is the same?. If it is the same then what are the topics that I should focus on in C# in order to use it building web application ...
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Learning graphical design as a developer [closed]

I'm mostly a developer and have been offered a job as webmaster. It's likely that I'll be asked to make some cosmetic changes to a website every now and then. Has anyone made this transition? If so, ...
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is it possible to sell a web site

There might be a situation where one of my clients won't pay for the web site that I've made. So I am wondering if it is possible to sell a web site? It is an internet shop, so there is no content ...
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to what level should the drawn design match the real web site

I am working on a web site. The client has drawn it in Microsoft Publisher, and I am using this drawing as a working graphical design. The problem is that there are a lot of places on the web site ...
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Where is a good starting point for planning Information Architecture for a website?

I am planning a project to develop and enhance an information architecture for a website. This will include navigation structures, content classification, metadata etc. Where is the best place to ...
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Why is it so hard to find anything on MS site?

I have always had this question in my mind and I would really be happy to get an explanation for this. Is it only me or do you also feel the same way that it's hard to find anything on MS site. For ...
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Who should write the test plan?

I am in the in-house development team of my company, and we develop our company's web sites according to the requirements of the marketing team. Before releasing the site to them for acceptance ...
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How to legally protect yourself from malicious and/or dumb users?

When building a public facing website that allows visitors to post comments, link to media and/or upload media (e.g. audio, video, images) ... what should I do to protect myself legally in the case ...
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How does trilicense (mpl,gpl,lgpl) work when you want to use it on public website

I have tried to search for this answer for quite some time and I have gone through all the various FAQ's and documentation regarding the three licenses; but none of them have been able to answer a ...
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Is there a universal date format that anyone in the world can understand?

In Canada, everyone is familiar with the date format YYYY-MM-DD. In Europe or South Africa, they prefer DD-MM-YYYY. There are users from South Africa who get confused with the YYYY-MM-DD date ...
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How is the price of a website evaluated?

I cannot find a good way to to ask this question: Every day I read the news about the sale of "Twitter" or "Friendster" or "hi5". What I would like to know is how the price of such websites are ...
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What do you do about content when someone asks you to build a website

I am an experienced asp.net developer and asp.net mvc and I have my own CMS that I have written but starting to think there should be another approach. When someone asks you to develop them a website ...
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Where to master HTML, CSS and Javascript? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should a developer know before building a public web site? I gotten interested in web-development lately. I am still a student. I learnt basics of HTML, CSS and ...
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Percentage or Pixel for layouts?

What will you use for a webpage layout? Percentage or pixels? When should one use one over the other?
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Testing of personal projects

I'm developing a web based personal project that will hopefully be used by thousands. Obviously prior to releasing it in the wild as Beta I was wondering, are there any communities out there that ...
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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 having your own website important?

How necessary or important is it? I try to keep a running list of blogs or sites to follow, but a lot of the time I pull up someone's profile and notice there isn't anything there. Is it really ...
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How to learn Agile as a Solo Developer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What good book shoud I buy to learn Agile from scratch? It seem that Agile for the solo developer is a good idea. But how to learn it? Is there any good book, web ...
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Should we compile our website to a single dll, or a dll per page?

We're developing a new project that is to be deployed on a large number of client sites. The project contains a web-based GUI as one of it's "access points". Speed of the web interface is a priority ...
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How can you learn to design nice looking websites? [closed]

I am a moderately capable web developer. I can put stuff where I want it to go and put some JQuery stuff in there if I need to. However, if I am making my own website (which I am starting to do) I ...