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You've Moved From Waterfall to Agile, but You're Still More Waterfall Than Agile

Posted by Ali R. on Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The Agile Manifesto was drafted in 2001 and steadily became the de facto software development methodology, to the extent that the industry gradually dropped, decried and almost deprecated the traditional Waterfall approach. Agile is faster, cheaper and delivers greater customer satisfaction – or so the gurus proclaimed.

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Understanding IP Address and Subnets

Posted by Walker R. on Aug 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For their entire working careers, the vast majority of IT people have glanced at their subnet when they run ifconfig and noticed that 99% of the time it says 255.255.255.0 and thought no more about that.  If someone were to think about this further they might wonder what’s the point in having this number if it always appears to be the same.  

That’s a good question.  Here we explain what the subnet really means and how it relates to IP addresses. 

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Survey of NoSQL Databases

Posted by Julia S. on Aug 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Unlike SQL databases, for different project use cases there is no “one size fits all” with NoSQL.

The four basic types of NoSQL databases are Key-Value Stores, Document Stores, Column Stores, and Graphs. This should be your starting point when choosing a database. But where to from there?

Trying to determine the quality of NoSQL databases does not have a lot of coverage in current literature. Why? Because it’s difficult. And hey, us engineers are lazy.

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Latest Security Challenges in the App Dev World

Posted by Ali R. on Aug 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The cyber security situation is fluid, constantly changing as developers attempt to keep up with hackers. Some sectors, such as corporate network admins and cloud providers are well equipped to tackle this. Others, such as app developers, struggle to keep their code secure.

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I Wish Swift Playground Had Been Around When I Was Learning To Code

Posted by Ali R. on Aug 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

My education in application development certainly didn’t have the “fun” aspect that platforms such as Swift Playground offers to entice students into learning this important skill.

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Topics: Business

STOMP vs. WAMP Server Push Messaging Technology

Posted by Annie I on Aug 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Server push technology is a style of e-based communication whether a request for a transaction is initiated by a central server otherwise known as the publisher. In regards to this technology, an event is the creation, update, deletion or undeletion of a record; and a notification is a message in response to an event

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Pandas for Big Data and Data Science Programmers

Posted by Walker R. on Aug 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If you are a Python developer—whether for data science, big data Spark, or other—you should be using Pandas Python.  This Python package makes data transformation and selecting simple and, many enthusiasts say, fun.

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Introduction to Open Stack Heat

Posted by Annie I on Jul 31, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Heat is the main project in the Open Stack Orchestration program. It implements an orchestration engine to launch multiple composite cloud applications based on templates in the form of text files that can be treated like code.

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iPython Jupyter Notebooks for Data Science and Big Data

Posted by Walker R. on Jul 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In the last post we looked at Zeppelin Notebooks used for data science and working with big data.  Here we look at Jupyter.  iPython came first.  Zeppelin is a variation on that that includes new features and ideas.

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Introducing OpenStack Neutron

Posted by Julia S. on Jul 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Just what exactly is Neutron? Neutron is the API component within OpenStack that deals with virtual networking for the cloud. It works in parallel with the Nova component to deal with switching and routing for virtual machines managed by the OpenStack platform. It’s how OpenStack communicates.

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