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How are large web applications like Facebook architected?

I'm recently getting into front-end code for large applications. I understand how complex backend processes fit in (more or less), but I am a bit confused about how things like Facebook chat works, at a high level. I'm assuming that a large, separate team works in a separate codebase then the rest of the Facebook teams. How does it get injected into the DOM them? How do they ensure no conflicts with other Facebook features? Is there a separate "master" server that pulls all this together before outputting everything? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Apr 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Sending email campaigns from multiple email addresses?

I'm looking for a way to send out weekly newsletters on behalf of my clients. The content of each client's newsletter will be identical, but I'd like to make sure that each client's email address shows up as the "From" address for their campaign. [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jun 9, 2015 - 6 answers

What are some beautiful responsive web apps and dashboards?

What are some examples of beautiful web apps that feature a really slick dashboard with maybe some basic data visualizations? Something very accessible with a light design touch? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Best hidden features of popular apps?

I recently downloaded MeatText (โ˜ž) because of Troika's comment in this post (โ˜ž) on the blue, tried it out, and the person I tried it out on replied "How is this better than Google Maps"? Turns out GMaps for mobile has a similar feature but its pretty well hidden. I had no idea it existed. What are some other features or functions of popular apps (web, mobile, tablet, or other) that may be hidden or just unnoticed that you find particularly useful?
posted by AceRock on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

How does Forecast.io get its own system icon?

Just poking around the forecast.io web app on my iPhone, and I noticed that it gets its own icon in the app tray that shows recent apps. As far as I can tell, normally sites installed as apps just point to Safari down there. How does forecast.io finagle its own icon?
posted by dubadubowbow on May 31, 2013 - 3 answers

I staked a digital claim...now what?

What's some interesting/cool/fun stuff I can do with my personal Web hosting space? [more inside]
posted by brentajones on Sep 12, 2012 - 3 answers

How to track changes without Microsoft Word?

Is there a good way to track changes on a document other than Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I find the Woz to my (ahem) Jobs?

I would like to find a developer with whom to build simple, fun web apps. The catch is that while I am prepared to invest some cash, I would prefer to find someone who will work in an entrepreneurial way and end up with some ownership of what is created. Where do I find a potential collaborator? [more inside]
posted by skylar on May 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Mobile User Styles for Smartphones?

iPhone/Mobile Web Apps Filter: Is it possible to "mobilize" sites which won't/can't provide a smartphone friendly layout? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

What are some web services worth paying for?

What are some web services worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Dec 26, 2010 - 33 answers

What is the best way to share a single object (say, a lawnmower) amongst of about 15 people?

What is the best way to share a single object (say, a lawnmower) amongst of about 15 people? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Dec 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Wasting time figuring out how to be productive

A task management app (web or Mac) that's a step up from "basic"? [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Nov 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me get the most out of my mobile internet!

I recently upgraded my (De-branded Nokia 6301 with T-Mobile service) dumbphone's service to include unlimited internet, to handle all my messaging and data needs on the go for the same price as what I was spending on text messages. What are the best (preferably free) apps and websites that will work on this simple a phone? Also, are there any MP3 players/PDAs like the iPod touch that can access the mobile internet on the phone via DUN easily? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 13, 2010 - 1 answer


I'd like to set up my own installation of EtherPad for a course I'm teaching, but... [more inside]
posted by bokane on Aug 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Lemme talk to you, I need some conversation.

Is there a web based app I can use to IM with members of my department without having to install anything on our computers? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Apr 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Application for PHP Documentation of Tables

Looking for an Application to search a file directory which contains php files (or any code, if it will work with PHP) and find all of the Database Tables which are referenced in the code, without relying on comments in the Code.
posted by jesirose on Mar 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Make a Genogram online ?

Do you know of a online service to produce/maintain Genograms ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Aug 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Web development big picture for a non-web programmer?

Can you give me any pointers on learning web development? Unlike other similar questions in the archives (1, 2), I have a lot of programming experience. I haven't really followed web programming practices closely, however, because without keeping closely involved, it has been hard to sort out useful stuff from buzzwords and fads. (Non-web programming has enough of those!) [more inside]
posted by silentbicycle on Jun 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for a web app to run an ad network

I'd like to build a vertical ad network. What software can I use? [more inside]
posted by crickets on May 15, 2009 - 1 answer

Stress- The Silent Killer

Flash/Flex app stress testing - please recommend some free or low cost tools. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on May 11, 2009 - 1 answer

Developing on a budget...

Unix-based development work on a netbook? [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Mar 19, 2009 - 27 answers

How do I properly separate two ColdFusion apps on IIS by subdomain?

Two ColdFusion applications on separate subdomains in IIS are getting confused with eachother. How do I properly separate them? Note: My experience with ColdFusion starts with Metafilter and ends with my recent editing of jrun-web.xml. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 31, 2008 - 11 answers

Personal Web-Based Backup Interface

What would be a good web interface for a personal backup site? [more inside]
posted by perrce on Oct 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Easiest way to set up a 'fake' torrent tracker?

I need to create a website for a fake invite-only torrent community to feature in a short movie centering around said community. What's the easiest way to set up a customizable tracker? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Sep 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Backup web interface?

I recently got a new web host that I'm going to use for backup and I'm looking for a free AJAX web interface / CMS to manipulate files online. See inside... [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 1, 2008 - 6 answers

How should I track my internet usage?

I'm looking for an application that tracks my software and website usage that is not RescueTime. I'm extremely uncomfortable with the data being transmitted to a website and want something that stores it on my computer, not anywhere else. I've also used MeeTimer, and found it too buggy. Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by schroedinger on May 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Security questions for kids?

What are some decent password reset security questions for school aged kids? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Apr 22, 2008 - 24 answers

Streamlining RSS/Web Browsing?

I'm looking to streamline my process of browsing RSS feeds and websites. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Too much Sugar(CRM)!

Anyone know of a super simple, web based contact/history manager? A client is looking to upgrade from an old FileMaker database. It's an order-based business, but there are also consultations, interviews, etc. that happen with some customers. I'd like to find an app that I can export customers and order details from the website to and add a history function so that he can pull up a complete profile on the customer when he talks with them on the phone. Ideally, it would be an open source app that I can run on a local web server, but I suppose a hosted app would be fine as well. I've tried SugarCRM but it has way too much functionality for this type of business. Thanks, Hivemind!
posted by cdmwebs on Nov 12, 2007 - 9 answers

You've got the Touch? So... uhh... now what?

How to get the most out of the wifi/browser capabilities of my Ipod Touch? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Oct 19, 2007 - 4 answers

Cool Stuff to Run In Your Webspace?

What free, open-source projects can I run in a privately accessible portion of my webspace that would be useful to me in terms of making things more practical in my own life (think Lifehacker-43 Folders kind of stuff)? I'd prefer Mefites' personal experiences with their own installs over linkage that you've seen but never tried โ€” although I'll take either one. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 7, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I find out relative market share of online applications?

How can I find out relative market share of online applications? In particular, I'm curious to see how Google Calendar is faring against Yahoo! Calendar. I've found this blog post, which shows stats from May 2006, but I'd like something that's more up-to-date, and broader (i.e., includes calendars).
posted by peterme on Dec 26, 2006 - 1 answer

Certification via web app?

Looking for a web app that will handle user registration, providing users info, providing users tests on that info (that are scored) so that "certification" can be given on the subject. I have the feeling that Moodle can handle (most?) of this. Any Moodle experts, chime in. Other suggestions (besides Moodle, if any) also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by spock on Nov 15, 2006 - 1 answer

Walk me through getting a del.icio.us clone running locally on my Mac?

I would like to build and host a del.icio.us clone on my Mac (Intel iMac running Tiger). It need not be accessible outside of my machine, although if you can advise me how to do that while still keeping my machine secure, that would be a very nice plus. I am able to build simple command-line apps in Unix and puzzle some stuff out, but I am very much not a l33t hax00r. Can anyone walk me through the process very simple step by very simple step? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 31, 2006 - 8 answers

Handling to-dos with a tagging-based web app?

I'm looking for a web-based to-do application with a few very specific features, but, essentially, one that's almost a del.icio.us clone and is very much centralized not on categories, but on tags. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 7, 2006 - 6 answers

cataloging your books online.

In this metatalk thread I was trying to find a link to a media cataloging web app. What I am trying to do is take a text file of about 1,000 books, delimited by comma, and import it into one of these online social folksonomified library catalogs. Do you know of a free, friendly library web app that allows for importing of text files (I don't have the ISBN numbers, so that rules out LibraryThing) I also don't mind installing a php app, as long as it uses flat text files (it's for a friend who doesn't want to play with mysql)
posted by mecran01 on Oct 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Web-based flow chart software?

Are there any decent web based applications for creating flow-charts / organizational charts?
posted by gwint on Oct 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Setting up a password repository

Let's say I wanted to create a simple web app to store my various usernames and passwords. The app and database would be hosted externally (by Dreamhost). I would use a secure connection for any HTTP stuff going back and forth, and I would encrypt all of the passwords before going into the db, and I can only extract and decrypt a password after entering a pass phrase that exists only in my brain. What would it take for someone else to get at my passwords? [more inside]
posted by patgas on Jul 12, 2005 - 9 answers

collaborative calendars

I'm trying to set something up for a whole bunch of people with busy schedules. Is there a free web app, or open source hosted script, that allows a group of people to schedule something, and show where the conflicts are? (As in Outlook, but free, and collaborative)
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 17, 2005 - 6 answers

What's the going hourly rate for building complex web apps?

What's the going hourly rate for building complex web apps these days? An acquaintance asked me if I could help them add functionality to their existing web app suite. (More details inside) [more inside]
posted by Triplanetary on Feb 8, 2005 - 8 answers

How can I remove the status bar for IE6 WinXP SP2 users?

I am managing the production of a web application, which, for various reasons, must happen in a window with no status bar. Unfortunately, some security patch for ie6 with winxp sp2 renders the javascript that turns off the status bar ineffective. Any solutions?
posted by sauril on Feb 4, 2005 - 10 answers

What is this DVD cataloging site?

There's a site that lets you keep a list of your DVDs online. All you have to enter is the disc's scan code or whatever, and it pulls up all the info. I can't remember the name of that site. Mopster? Flupster? Trixtr? Pls help.
posted by muckster on Sep 14, 2004 - 8 answers

Recomendations for a simple comment/response application

I need a really basic web application that functions similar to a blog system but isn't. All I want is to create a single page with a question to which I will invite people to respond. I've considered using a wiki, but I don't want anyone to be able to edit anyone elses response. I'd also like to be able to sort responses based on a few required fields (but this isn't essential). I can just create a second Wordpress install with only 1 post, but that seems like overkill. [more inside]
posted by Grod on Aug 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Audioscrobbler vs. last.fm

Does anyone know the relationship between audioscrobbler and last.fm? More ยป [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 26, 2004 - 15 answers

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