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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TDD - Outside In vs Inside Out

What is the difference between building an application Outside In vs building it Inside Out using TDD? These are the books I read about TDD and unit testing: Test Driven Development: By Example Test-...
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Is it common to separate back-end and front-end into two positions on web development projects?

At a web startup, is it more common to have an engineer working the front-end AND back-end of the feature (basically in charge of the whole feature)? Or have engineers separated between the back-end ...
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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 one ...
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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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Should I build my own CMS or rely on a pre-built one? [closed]

Related: As a beginning programmer, should I favor building my own libraries over using 3rd-party libraries? As an intermediate to advanced level PHP web-developer and a young one at that (15yrs.), ...
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How do you handle multiple users editing the same piece of data in a webapp?

There's a project I'm working on that is looking to produce a web application that will manage a task list between multiple users. This is a master task list whose task items get distributed by an ...
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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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How do web APIs work? [closed]

I have heard of many web APIs like that of Facebook, Twitter, etc., which helps third party access data and manipulate it. I would like to know how a web API works. What are the basics of a web API? ...
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Truly useful UML diagrams

UML has a jungle of Diagrams. Profile Diagrams, Class Diagrams, Package Diagrams... However, (IMH-and-not-too-experienced-O) I quite see that doing each and every diagram is overkill. Therefore, ...
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Fellow programmer used worst programming practices

I know it seems odd to say, but a fellow programmer at work deliberately used a couple of bad programming practices on purpose! I'll explain. First let me say that he's an intelligent guy and for ...
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Should MVC/REST return a 403 or 404 for resources belonging to other users?

When working with a resource-based site (such as an MVC application or REST service), we have two main options when a client tries to GET a resource that they don't have access to: 403, which says ...
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What is the motivation behind TypeScript?

We had JavaScript, then we had Flash, then we had Silverlight and then HTML5 ownd them all. So what is the motivation behind TypeScript? What problems are going to be tackled and what improvements ...
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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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Is JSF really ready to deliver high performance web applications? [closed]

I have heard a lot of good about JSF but as far as I know people also had lots of serious complains with this technology in the past, not aware of how much the situation has improved. We are ...
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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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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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What is a Developer in Test? [closed]

I was recently talking with a recruiter who wants to put me at a company for a position of Developer in Test. He essentially made it sound like a position where you get to fiddle with new programming ...
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User session timeout handling in SaaS apps - discussing several approaches

I know this has a great chance of being marked as duplicate, but couldn't find exactly what I'm looking for This is a common problem and I'm sure it has some well defined best practice solution ...
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Being the only developer and its consequences [closed]

I am the only developer in my company. I do programming (in ASP.NET 4.0, jQuery and SQL Server 2008) and maintain the database and web server (win 2008 r2). I enjoy the freedom of implementing what I ...
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Applying RESTful design to an entire website?

This all may come across very newbish, but I'm trying to wrap my head around designing a website that is thoroughly RESTful. I understand applying RESTful design to things like Users, Photos, Blog ...
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What is a good way to familiarize myself with PHP, coming from an ASP.NET background? [closed]

Currently, I'm very comfortable with building tools/web apps in an ASP.NET environment. I'm not really looking to leave tbh, as I really like C#, ASP.NET, MVC 3, Visual Studio, etc. However, right ...
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how safe/sane is it to use git for deployment on my webapp production server?

I started with sftp, then switched to WebDAV and I'm currently using rsync through ssh to deploy any updates/upgrades from my development server into my production server. I'm still not very happy ...
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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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Why might an ASP.Net website load slowly? [closed]

Anecdotally, I've visited many .aspx website that require a significant amount of load time for each page. Is my experience unique? If not, why might an ASP.Net website load slowly? Edit: It's now ...
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How to gain experience? [closed]

This is a problem that I think many people will find very common and some guidance from the expert users around here will be appreciated. Background Basically I'm a junior web developer in a team of ...
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Trade-offs of local vs remote development workflows for a web development team

We currently have SVN setup on a remote development server. Developers SSH into the server and develops on their sandbox environment on the server. Each one has a virtual host pointed to their sandbox ...
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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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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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How would you approach developing a Hotel Reservation System?

Till now, I have had the experience of developing either a desktop application or a Website. But, with this Hotel reservation system, I am interfacing a problem that needs both. The application ...
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Best Programming Language for Web Development [duplicate]

I am a Web Developer in PHP, and also know Javascript and some bit of CSS which is needed for web development. I use Symfony framework to build Websites and Web Application. As now i want to learn new ...
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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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Proper way to structure JSON for front-end consumption

Having worked on several different web application code bases, I've seen some divergence in how back-ends serving JSON to front-ends structure that data. In particular, when a backend wants to return ...
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Why shouldn't “responsive” web design be a consideration?

This might seem like more of a graphic design question than a programming question, but I think it has much more technical/programming merit than actual graphic design. The concept of "responsive" ...
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Is there a canonical book on creating highly interactive websites (eg. “Flash” like) with HTML5/CSS3/JS/jQuery? [closed]

I know some of the basics of these technologies already, but it is mostly limited to more static sites. Using things like HTMl5 semantic elements, CSS3 gradients, shadows, @font-face etc. Is there a ...
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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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What languages should I know if I'm interested in building web applications? [closed]

I'm interested in developing for the web and I'm curious what languages should I know besides html, css, javascript, php/python/ruby. I don't know much about c# or java to make a decision whether to ...
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How to Implement Restricted Access to Application Features

I'm currently developing a web application, that provides some 'service' to the user. The user will have to select a 'plan' according to which she/he will be allowed to perform application specific ...
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Should I use a single repo when multiple parts of the same project are running on the same server? [duplicate]

I'm planning a project that consists of the following parts: REST API in Lumen Web client in Laravel Product website in Jekyll These separate products are going to be running on the same server. I'...
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How to handle version number in code, across branches?

I'm working on a PHP app, using three main branches: 'master' (current stable release), 'bugfix' (for patches) and 'next' (for next minor version). We store the current version number in the code - ...
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PHP Parallel Requests and Session Stability

I've experienced a lot of issues that were the result of the nature of PHP living within the bounds of a stateless HTTP request, especially considering the asynchronous environment expected of modern ...
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Saving Multiple Sizes of Images

We have lots of user-generated images on our site. When users upload their images, we only store the original. However, depending on the page, we show different sizes of those images (small, medium, ...
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How to be robust against webservice downtime caused by third parties

I'm using iPage as my cloud based server provider. I haven't had any problems with them yet. They hold the scripts for my RESTful services for the mobile app I'm developing. My problem however is ...
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What's the best way of building an administrative UI for an existing SPA application?

I’m working on an application where the client-side interface and backend server are completely separate applications. The backend is written in Ruby and only serves JSON via HTTP. The client is a ...
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How can I ensure that data uploaded to my server via my website is of a specific type?

I am developing a website that accepts uploading a specific type of data. In particular, the data must be a human-readable text string in the order of thousands of characters. The data is input into a ...
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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: https://...
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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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Writing a job requirement for a web application developer [closed]

I'm currently writing a job requirement for a software engineer position for my company, in which we are looking for a developer to work on client-side web application work. How should I title the job ...
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Bottom-up or top-down approach?

Not sure if the title really fits with the question, but figured it was the closest to give an overview of my question.. I'm working on a web application that (fairly heavily) employs the use of ...
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Need for a framework [duplicate]

This is slightly different to most questions (trying to avoid duplicates) When would you consider not using a framework (i'm talking PHP here for websites) when does one choose pure html/css/jquery ...
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Who is responsible for doing a patent search?

If a client requests that a particular feature is added into their website software, who is responsible for searching and recognising that a patent royalty has to paid? client web developer This ...