Questions tagged [web-development]

Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the World Wide Web or an intranet.

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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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Thoughts of Cloud Development/Google App Engine [closed]

I use mainly PHP for web development, but recently, I started thinking about using Google App Engine. It doesn't use PHP which I am already familiar with, so there will be a steeper learning curve. ...
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How important is graceful degradation of JavaScript?

Should web developers continue to spend effort progressively enhancing our web applications with JavaScript, ensuring that features gracefully degrade, thereby ensuring accessibility? Or should we ...
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Which features of shell scripting are relevant for PHP/Python development? [closed]

I'm a PHP/Python programmer learning Java and C#(.NET). My main development OS is windows 7 but I've used Linux and I currently dual-boot with Ubuntu. My Linux knowledge however, is pretty limited. I ...
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How do you handle supporting Chrome versions?

I'm working on a site for my company which, up until a certain point, was an Internet Explorer-only site for various reasons, mainly that when the site was originally conceived IE had a 90%+ market ...
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I feel lost among the various web technologies and I'm looking for pointers [closed]

In the last 3-5 months I was thinking about which web programming language I should use. PHP? Ruby? C#? Python? Perl? And you know what? Every time I keep changing my mind like crazy! I learn some ...
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GWT vs JSF vs ZK vs Restful+JS [closed]

I'm planning to develop a web based ERP, which should be full-ajax and with desktop-like UI. It will be a data-entry & data-report application. For developing it I'm considering all technologies. ...
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Developing With Ruby/Rails Easier, Faster Than Developing With PHP/CakePHP?

What is your experience when developing web applications using one of these two languages/frameworks? Which have you found to be more convenient and faster to develop with?
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Minimal Refresh(F5) Web App Development

Although questions similar to this one has already been asked and I can perhaps assemble the answer for myself by reading already posted materials. Still I am going ahead with the question, cause I ...
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What is the best PHP ORM library? [closed]

I want to build a PHP web application, but always faces the problem that I need to connect to database and deal with related objects. So I tried codeigniter and it uses a special way to connect to ...
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Developing a team of programmers

So, I have a web application that I need to build. The application will be done in a LAMP environment. I'm being given the resources to bring in 2 other programmers to work on my team. I have team ...
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Web Developer or Software Engineer? [closed]

A question that I have been asking myself and really confused which path to take. So I need your guys help as to the pros and cons of these 2 professions in today's world. I love web applications ...
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A startup as a web-application then later extended as mobile application. How to do it properly?

I have this idea that I want to build. I want to start the idea as a web-app, then move into mobile-app and possible desktop application. The project should have databases (mostly strings). Also ...
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Web development advice for a distributed development team [closed]

I am a web developer. Worked in many projects. Now I have changed my work place. It is big organisation. I and my group are thinking about new project. There is no difficulty to write project but our ...
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What should I be responsible for as the first developer in a large scale web project?

I am the first developer in a large scale web project, in the real estate sector. I am not an expert in any field, I know the basic of all, programming, databases, something about design and a little ...
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Web versus desktop development - is web development worse? [closed]

As a longtime desktop developer looking at doing our first large-scale web application, what are the pros and cons of doing web development? Is developing a web application much worse than developing ...
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What's the web framework to use on a front-end web application? [closed]

What do you consider a good client web framework to use on interface business application? jQuery? YUI!? Another? Some plugins useful? The application will be use mostly internally replacing a ...
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Handling contacts imported from users email account

In my web application, I give the user the option to import all of his/her contacts from their email account, and then send out invites to all of these accounts or map the user to the existing ...
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Is time tracking required for web based/service industries? [closed]

I work in the web development industry and we implement a time tracking system to log our time (Project/time/comment). In the beginning of a project, we create a contract, and decide upon a price ...
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How do I get up-to-date on web development technologies? [duplicate]

I'm a regular user here, but linking my screen name to my real identity is dirt simple, and the question I'm about to ask would lead to a very unpleasant conversation with my current employer were ...
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Best approach to learning web programming [closed]

I come from a scientific and embedded programming background, and I have had minimal experience with web programming. What would be the best approach to take to get up to speed with web programming? ...
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What are the main components, technologies, and features of the next generation of web applications? [closed]

What's next in the web industry, as social media reaches a plateau, what are the next milestones in this "experiment"? I guess I'm looking for in depth opinions on what's next in our beloved industry?...
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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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Natural language detection for web application

I have my own thoughts how "ideal" multilingual web application or web site should behave. Can you think of better solution? What are the pros and cons of them? What are cons of the solution I am ...
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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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Servicing background tasks on a large site

We're dealing with an interesting problem on StackOverflow. We've got a whole bunch of little "needs to be done soon-ish" tasks. An example is updating "Related Questions" lists. What we've done in ...
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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 to approach web app development?

I have been going through Flask and it seems that now I have a decent understanding to go ahead and build a web application. However I want to know how would I approach the problem. For eg: I decide ...
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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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Why can people expect hardware/software requirements on software applications, but it's not for web applications?

Questions revolving around ways of getting customers to embrace new web technology / browsers so one can deliver better web software to the end user. It's hard to manage expectations of customers. ...
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How do I learn Python from zero to web development? [closed]

I am looking into learning Python for web development. Assuming I already have some basic web development experience with Java (JSP/Servlets), I'm already familiar with web design (HTML, CSS, JS), ...
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How to work in localhost properly

I am using MAMP (just and example) to develop web applications without having to constantly upload and download via FTP. I´m sure this is the correct way to test a project but I´m no sure if I´m ...
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How to make security usable in a web application?

I'm in the planning stages of developing a web application that I want to make as secure as possible. I'm pretty clear about how to do that from a technical point of view, but there is one massive ...
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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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I'm working on a PaaS similar to Heroku or Google App Engine, and was curious which pricing structure users prefer. Ideas? [closed]

My current project is a cloud deployment platform similar to GAE or Heroku. I'm trying to figure out what pricing method works best for us and the users. Assuming that I cannot currently provide a ...
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What's the better way to charge for a cloud platform, simple but more expensive, or complicated but cheaper for most? [closed]

I'm working on a cloud platform, and was curious what people prefer in terms of paying for web services. There's the option of very simple pricing (tiers and such), which is easy to project costs on, ...
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PHP, HTML, Javascript and writing good practices

I realized I have to write down a convention specification about HTML, JavaScript and PHP coding for me and my team. In web development, just like in C++, I'm definitely a fan of indentation and ...
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Should a poll framework be closed sourced

I was having a chat with a coworker who is working on a polling app and framework. He was asking technical questions and I suggested he open source the application to get more quality opinions from ...
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Opera for web development

Many developers recommend Firefox for web development for a variety of reasons. But, after looking at Opera, it seems to me that Opera has all of the same web development functionality that Firefox ...
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How do I find a qualified web designer in my area? [closed]

I just sent out emails to five local web design companies to my area asking to take drawings to HTML/CSS/jQuery. None of the ones who accepted the deal seem suitable to myself. Others rejected the ...
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Testing minor browser version compatibility

I develop a web application and we test it on several browsers, including Firefox and Internet Explorer. During our development we tested the application on Firefox 3.5.2 and our testing team tested ...
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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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Setting up a new developer system - how to speed up the process?

When I get a new laptop, it usually takes me about two weeks to reinstall all my developer programs, utilities and tweak the O/S settings to how I like them. I know there are utilities out there to ...
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Why doesn't the .NET world have anything like rails/grails/django/roo? [closed]

It seems to me that rapid-development web platforms are going to radically change the world of web applications. It has been five years since Rails 1.0 was released for Ruby, and since that time we ...
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What decent web-frameworks exists for functional programming? [closed]

I would like to do some web programming using functional programming. What decent web-frameworks exists for functional programming languages?
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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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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 ...
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Which (programming) specialities are needed in a good web development team? [closed]

At first glance, I'd say a good programming team needs to understand the following matters: The details of the core language / framework HTML, (asynchronous) javascript SQL / data model Usability / ...
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Best Practices and Etiquette for Setting up Email Notifications

If you were going to set up a Email Alerts for the customers of your website to subscribe to, what rules of etiquette ought to be followed? I can think of a few off the top of my head: Users can Opt-...
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What technical details should a programmer of a web application consider before making the site public?

What things should a programmer implementing the technical details of a web application consider before making the site public? If Jeff Atwood can forget about HttpOnly cookies, sitemaps, and cross-...