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Education is the best job-creation strategy because…

by Rick Ross on September 11, 2011

This simple phrase expresses in three words the basic reason why education must remain a top social priority if we wish to continue to prosper.

{ 0 comments } – Spotting spammers early and blocking them

January 11, 2010

The guys behind WordPress had the foresight and energy to create Akismet to help control blog spam, and the blogging world wouldn’t be the same without it. A popular web application like WordPress is a big target for spammers, since they can write bots to pump their spew into it. Akismet helps cut that problem [...]

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Learning Django and Python with “The Django Book”

January 2, 2010

Adopting the OSQA project has suddenly put learning Django on my list of priorities, so I’m enjoying the holiday weekend and working my way through “The Django Book” by Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss. It’s my first significant exposure to Python and its much-loved Django framework, and I have to say that I am pretty [...]

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DZone 2009: How many links promoted, buried, etc?

December 31, 2009

This morning I queried our database for DZone’s overall 2009 link statistics, grouped by link status. I thought you might like to see the results: blocked 93,091 62.04% buried 35,068 23.37% frontpage 21,679 14.45% queue* 210 0.14% review* 0 0.0% total 150,048 100.0% I won’t go into great length in my analysis (which would certainly [...]

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Twitter at DZone: Hard to justify by the numbers

December 28, 2009

After a 9-month experiment to assess the impact of Twitter at DZone, the numbers suggest that the popular service doesn’t matter much to our developer audience.

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I Don’t Git GitHub Yet, But I Hope I Will

December 25, 2009

We’ve been using subversion at DZone for several years, and looking backwards I can comfortably say it was a solid improvement over the CVS system we used before. Lately, the newer “git” and the popular GitHub project hosting site appear to be coming on strong, and I’ve started to use them in OSQA – an [...]

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Out on a limb with data persistence

December 22, 2009

Looking at a cool open source Rails application, Rick couldn’t justify the risk of the non-traditional data persistence engine it requires.

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Opening up a little more

December 19, 2009

I’ve been wanting to create a new home for developers who want to blog, so that’s what I hope will become. I’ve installed the latest version of WordPress-MU and a cool plugin called BuddyPress. Together these should provide the foundation for a reliable multi-user blogging community. Would you like to have a blog here [...]

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Killing DZone Spam Faster and Easier Than Ever!

July 3, 2009

As DZone becomes more popular with users, it also becomes more popular with spammers! This past week Matt and I worked on several new tools to help manage the ever-increasing flood of spam that DZone attracts. I think we achieved a breakthrough on a key issue. It used to be the case that all new [...]

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