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Alex Curylo11/11/13
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Apportable Previews Cocos2d Version 3

You’ve probably given up on Cocos2d, what with the original author dropping support and the introduction of SpriteKit, yes? Well, not so fast. The good folks at Apportable stepped up to continue development of both the library and toolchain, and you can take a look at what’s been brewing away there now.

Mitch Pronschinske11/11/13
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Getting Django Onto Heroku; Automating Deploy With Fabric

When it's all said and done, you've got got the same ease of use that a Rails app has in deploying to Heroku. Just type the magic words: $ git push heroku master

Mike Driscoll11/11/13
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Python 101: How to Grab Data from RottenTomatoes

In this article, you'll learn how to use Python to acquire data from the popular movie site, Rotten Tomatoes. Tips include everything from signing up for you API key to analyzing and visualizing the data you've extracted.

Alec Noller11/11/13
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KassandraMRHelper: A New Tool for Cassandra and Hadoop

Users of Cassandra and Hadoop may be interested in a new tool called KassandraMRHelper. The purpose of the tool is implied in the name - simplifying the process of extracting data out of Cassandra and into Hadoop, and map-reducing the data - but it takes some different approaches from other techniques.

Lukas Eder11/11/13
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The 10 Most Popular DB Engines (SQL and NoSQL)

How do you objectively measure the popularity of a DB engine? Good question! There's an Austrian company who claims to have the answer. Among the top 10 DB engines, MongoDB is the only non-RDBMS representative, and some other ratings are surprising as well.

Rob Galanakis11/11/13
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Killing Tasklets

Today at work we had a presentation from the venerable Kristján Valur Jónsson about killing Tasklets in Stackless Python. As someone who’s done some asynchronous programming, this idea sounded blasphemous. It took a little while to stew but I see the value in it now.

Zac Gery11/11/13
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Tossing Stuff Over the Wall to QA

The list of reasons why developers "toss stuff over the wall" is too large to tackle individually, but there are a few classics. "Tossing stuff over the wall" boils down to respect. Time is precious and when a QA analyst feels that his/her time was wasted, respect towards developers can be diminished.

Alec Noller11/10/13
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The Best of the Week (Nov. 1): Big Data Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Big Data Zone. This week's best include a new data analytics tool for Hadoop, an article on Apache Mesos and its role in the changing world of Big Data, and 4 different methods for processing structured Big Data.

Alec Noller11/10/13
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The Best of the Week (Nov. 1): NoSQL Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone. This week's best include a presentation on Marvel's use of graph theory and NoSQL for the Marvel Universe, an announcement about iterable collections in Redis, and first entry in a series on modeling data in Neo4j.

Jim Bird11/10/13
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Why We Suck at Building Secure Software and What We Can Do About It

his is an outline of the problems that we have as an industry building secure software: why we fail at it, why Agile development is blamed for insecure software, and what we can do to build more secure software while still being Agile.

Michael Norton11/09/13
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TDD is to Code Coverage as Exercise is to Weight Loss

A great number of people in the software field appear to think the primary benefit of unit tests is test coverage. But code coverage is not the point of unit tests. Code coverage is a side affect.

Justin Bozonier11/08/13
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Understanding Multi-Armed Bandit Algorithms

Imagine you are in front of three slot machines, each with different likelihoods of paying out. How should you play them in order to maximize your payout? This is the problem the multi-armed bandit algorithm solves.

Alec Noller11/08/13
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Presto: Facebook's SQL-on-Hadoop Engine is Now Open Source

Facebook has announced that Presto, its SQL-on-Hadoop engine claimed to be up to 10 times faster than Hive for large-scale queries, is now open source. What kind of impact might this development have?

Mitch Pronschinske11/08/13
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14 Tutorials to Get Started With Digital Ocean

Because of it's growing popularity, I thought it would make sense to provide a nice bundle of video tutorials on Digital Ocean (for the visual learner). Digital Ocean has made a name for themselves by providing super-fast, super-cheap pure-SSD hosting.

Moshe Kaplan11/08/13
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Apache Session Persistancy Using MongoDB

Your app is booming, you need more web servers, and you need to serve users and keep their user experience. When you had a single server you used session for that, but now how do you keep sessions across multiple web servers? Offloading web servers sessions to MongoDB looks like a great solution