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I’ve been a web developer for about 10 years now, which aside from making me feel old in my mid-twenties, means I’ve put a lot of thought into developing websites and web applications. I’ve developed tons of sites, had a litany of ideas and side projects, and I’m a user with a sometimes too critical eye. I also review apps for the Appstorm network; in short, I have a few things I look for (or look to accomplish) when it comes to web apps and apps in general.

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Do you know what a web app is? Do you know what’s used to make it? Covering web apps on Web.AppStorm isn’t quite as straight forward as you might think. There are many different technologies that are used to create web apps of many different types. Flash, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, Java, Silverlight, web services vs dedicated applications… what qualifies as a web app and what doesn’t?

I occasionally receive comments stating that certain web apps aren’t actually web apps, when indeed they are. So, I would like to take a moment to clear things up and give you our take on what a web app really is.

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For years I’ve followed the traditional method of creating to-do lists; adding an item, setting a due date/time and striking it off once the task is done. Rinse & repeat. Sure, the sheer satisfaction of striking off even the smallest item on the list drove me to stop procrastinating and get things done. The one thing I’ve often struggled with though, is in making sense of my entire task list as a whole. No matter how much I try to categorize it with folders and tags, they feel like detached units that I need to spend a lot of energy making collective sense of.

Online tools like Remember the Milk, Google Tasks and TeuxDeux, try to make things easier with e-mail integration, smart search and folders, or dead simple, lightning fast interfaces. But the inherent problem of a scattered, fragmented list of tasks that do not have an inherent hierarchy remains. Meta information like due dates and priorities are assigned to individual tasks, but what happens when a bunch of them have related properties?

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We’re kicking off a new weekly poll today, getting our readers opinion on a different topic each week. Hopefully this will give us all a chance to talk about a relevant issue, share our thoughts, and generally have a chat in the comments!

Task management has been a popular and reoccurring topic on Web.AppStorm and rightly so. It’s a topic we all deal with daily, yet we all approach and handle differently. Today’s powerful web apps make task management a breeze, even fun sometimes.

I’m always trying to get others to make the switch from paper-based task management to a web app, yet you’ll still find a stack of sticky notes, at the ready, on my desk. So we’d like to know, how do you manage your tasks? One of the plethora of amazing web apps available? The tried and true paper method? Or maybe you’re just so darn smart you can do it all in your head?

What’s your preferred method? If a web app, which one? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!