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Where do you begin when you start programming a new web application?

Asked by frankielaguna (256points) July 18th, 2009

I have trouble deciding where I should start programming when I start a new project.

Where do you start, and why?

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DrBill's avatar

I start with an outline and fill in the details from there.

ryanpowell's avatar

I start with a wirefame. I use OmniGraffle.

I go with a mock up in photoshop. I start with function before form. I want it to work and I will pay someone to make it pretty later.

lefteh's avatar

I’m the exact opposite of @ryanpowell. I absolutely cannot code anything until I have a working design. I think of it as building the shell, and then filling it with the goodies.

martijn86's avatar

Not to be funny or anything. But I start on paper! As lame as it seems, get away from the computer!
Write out what you want it to do, make a use-case senario, make an if/else drop down diagram, think about the script you want to use.. It’s faster then clicking and typing around with first this, maybe then that..

Here is a wiki about use-cases:
It has some related links with examples in the bottom section. If you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll make less mistakes and code faster in the future!

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