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Jurgen Appelo06/11/13
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5 Reasons for Writing a Blog - Reason 1

The original purpose of my blog was to pave the way for my first book. But 5 years later I have realized that NOOP.NL has become more than just a vehicle for my book projects.

Allen Coin06/11/13
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Links You Don't Want to Miss (June 11)

Today: JDK 8 is almost feature-complete, Is Wikipedia's front page for sale?; how to encrypt your GChat from the NSA, the new Mac Pro and iOS from Apple, and why is embedding HTML5 still so difficult?

Justin Bozonier06/11/13
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Algorithm of the Week: Genetic Algorithms, Pt. 2 - Making It Run

Because we can find the value of the definite integral at any points we want, we can use another technique to turn that data into a formula. The technique we’ll be using is known as a genetic algorithm.

John Cook06/11/13
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The Weight of Code

Bjorn is discussing the ferrite core memory of the Apollo guidance system: "These are very, very robust memory systems. … But the problem is that they actually have weight to them."

Giorgio Sironi06/10/13
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Selenium screenshots for rendering tests

Selenium tests catch any issue that hampers real users from accessing your application, with a special focus on rendering problems and cross-browser issues. When creating screenshots with them take into account this advice to avoid false positives and always-red test suites.

Dustin Whittle06/10/13
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PHP Performance Crash Course, Part 1: The Basics

In this series I’ll tell you about the strategies and technologies that (in my experience) have been the most successful in improving PHP performance. To start off, however, we’ll talk about some of the easy wins in PHP performance tuning.

Andy Hawthorne06/10/13
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CentOS 6.4 and PHP 5.3

In the first article, I described how I set up CentOS 6.4 including with Apache to get ready for web development. In this article, I’ll describe what I did to get CentOS and PHP 5.3 up and running.

Mitch Pronschinske06/09/13
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Create your First Personal Kanban

See this common approach to creating your first personal Kanban board. All you need is a board or paper canvas with divisions and sticky notes.

Mark Needham06/08/13
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The Affect Heuristic

In my continued reading of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow I’ve reached the section which talks about the affect heuristic which seems particularly applicable to the technical decisions that we make.

Jim Bird06/08/13
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What's the Point of Application Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing is one of the bulwarks of an application security program: get an expert tester to simulate an attack on your system, and see if they can hack their way in. But how effective is application penetration testing, and what should you expect from it?

Jurgen Appelo06/08/13
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Yahoo CEO Mayer is Right and Wrong About Her Remote Work Claims

She said the main reason for this decision was that collaboration and communication are improved when people work together in the office, and when they can see each other face to face. Marissa Mayer was right. She was also wrong.

Allen Coin06/07/13
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Developing on the Cloud: Concerns and Solutions

For developers, deploying to a cloud environment comes with a large number of unknowns--particularly scalability, availability, performance, and security. Here's how these unknowns can be addressed.

Eric Gregory06/07/13
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Links You Don't Want To Miss (June 7)

Today: The NSA/FBI project mining communications data from tech companies, a coder's life in links, a high-performance fork of Google's LevelDB, Text Adventures vs. MUDs vs. Roguelikes, and more.

Vijay Narayanan06/07/13
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What I Learned Adopting Agile

Here is a brief presentation on adopting agile practices based on an ignite-style talk I gave at a local meetup a while back.

Jim Bird06/06/13
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Choosing Between a Penetration Test and a Secure Code Review

Pen testing and code reviews are very different things – they require different work on your part, they find different problems and give you different information. And the cost can be quite different too.