Developers

Why Redis Has Become So Popular

Brett Haines January 25, 2016 by under Development 0 Comments

Why is Redis becoming such a popular key-value data store? Here is a look at the many reasons it’s succeeding.

  • Basic Strengths of Redis
  • Built for Speed & Languages
  • The Crowd Says Yes
  • In-Memory Processing for Media
  • Leaderboard Delivery
  • Redis-Ready Cloud Servers

Basic Strengths of Redis

Redis is a data structure server. As a key-value data store, Redis is similar to Memcached, although it has two major advantages over that option: support of additional datatypes and persistence.

Those two features may not immediately appear “major,” but they really do set this ecosystem apart. Persistence allows you to treat Redis as a legitimate database rather than an unstable and temporary cache. If you reboot, Memcached information is lost; but Redis data remains.

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A Brief Look at Salt

Brett Haines January 5, 2016 by under Development 0 Comments

SaltStack, or simply Salt, is a configuration management system used by many people to make managing servers and configuring software much simpler.

  • Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?
  • How to Install Salt
  • Establishing Your Master & Minion
  • Getting Salt Up & Running

Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?

Yes, SaltStack Is a configuration management system – but since that term is a little dense, it helps to think of it as a tool that solves specific problems. Basically, it comes in handy when you have more than one server. Without anything to help manage your entire system, you have to log into each machine independently to perform whatever functions you want of each server. Typical tasks you might need to do would be rebooting it or seeing how long it’s been on. You also might want to install a program and set up the configuration to meet your own needs. Or you might want to create additional users and establish their privileges.

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What Are PHP Frameworks and why use Symfony?

Adnan Raja December 16, 2015 by under Development 0 Comments

Symfony is one of the most popular PHP frameworks, with users including Yahoo and Drupal. What are the advantages and disadvantages of frameworks? What are the particular strengths of Symfony?

  • What is a PHP Framework?
  • Pros & Cons of a Framework vs. Straight Code
  • Why Symfony? (Developer Perspective)
  • 6 Strategic Arguments for Symfony
  • Symfony in Flight

What is a PHP framework?

A PHP framework is a library, a structure through which you can create applications. You can access various APIs (application program interfaces) and figure out how you want to organize your app.

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A Tale of Stack-Worthiness: The Rise of Nginx

Adnan Raja October 28, 2015 by under Development 0 Comments

Nginx has accrued increasingly impressive market share in recent years. What’s its story?

  • WordPress Developer Switches to LEMP
  • Nginx is Not Slowing its Pace
  • How the Web is Being Wwon
  • Growth of Nginx & LEMP to Fuel Your Own Project

WordPress Developer Switches to LEMP

The LAMP stack (open source development environment using Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) has always been incredibly popular among developers, but in the past few years, that has started to change. What people are starting to use instead is called a LEMP stack, which replaces the Apache web server with a Russian little-engine-that-could competitor, Nginx (pronounced “Engine X” – hence the E in LEMP). Keep in mind that the code for Nginx is free, open-source, and is identified by the official site as both NGINX and nginx.

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The Rise and Success of Docker

Brett Haines October 26, 2015 by under Development 0 Comments
  • The Unlikely Rise of Docker
  • Why Okta Developers Love Docker
  • Biggest Hurdles of Using It

The Unlikely Rise of Docker

In 2014, a startup called Docker started to gather an incredible amount of attention. The momentum started building in March 2013, when the company’s founder, Solomon Hykes, introduce the technology at the developer conference PyCon in a keynote presentation entitled “Lightning Talk: The future of Linux Containers.” By the end of last year, the wellspring of excitement for Docker had reached a fever pitch – with enterprises including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Red Hat, and VMware all clamoring to join forces with the company, which then had just 70 employees.

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Why is Everyone Using Docker?

Brett Haines September 16, 2015 by under Technology 0 Comments

Docker has been a huge focus of IT conversation lately because it both boosts the number of applications you can power with the same servers and simplifies packaging and shipment of apps.

  • Why the Rush to Docker?
  • Docker’s Relationship with LXC
  • Pack-and-Ship-Friendly
  • Summary & Conclusion

“Docker’s literally incredible. I’ve never been able to setup server networks for clients so quickly.” – tweet from Linux sysadmin Oliver Dunk, Jul 21, 2015.

Last year, Docker was one of the technologies that really got everyone’s attention, kind of exploding onto the scene with many businesses starting to use it for the first time – including three major financial institutions, according to Docker VP James Turnbull. It’s amazing to think that banks, of all organizations, were willing to adopt version 1.0 of an application since security is so paramount to them.

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Survey Says: How 267 Developers Use Node.js

Brett Haines September 9, 2015 by under Technology 0 Comments

When a survey was completed earlier this year by 285 developers in 52 nations, 267 of them said they use Node.js. Let’s look at why it is used, who these developers are, and how their companies are benefiting.

  • Why do developers like this runtime environment?
  • Survey: Who are these developers and how are they benefiting?
  • One-click deployment of Node.js

Why do developers like this runtime environment?

Here are five main reasons why coders like Node.js:

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Cloud hosting is an IT Skeleton Key for Developers

Adnan Raja September 4, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
  • Developers Hold the Keys to the Kingdom
  • How Cloud Benefits Enterprise Developers
  • General Strengths for Development
  • Developer-Friendly Cloud

Developers Hold the Keys to the Kingdom

Since innovation is so fundamental to success in today’s rapidly evolving economy, developers have an incredibly important role, creating the digital roadways to be traversed by consumers, businesses, and the public sector.

Developers may seem to be a tiny population, but there are actually 18.5 million people who are employed in development, wrote Megan Swanson in Wired. “In a sign of the growing recognition of the value of developers,” she said, “President Obama recently became the first sitting president to write a line of computer code, as part of the Hour of Code Campaign during Computer Education Week.”

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