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Web Analytics: A Beginner’s Guide

Target Audience This article is a good starting point for website administrators wanting to learn about Web Analytics and some tools and methods for seeing how their sites perform. . Introduction Traffic — it’s one thing nearly all website owners want. How can you tell if your site is thriving or anemic? Web analytics has […]

What is a Relational Database?

Target audience This article provides a quick overview of relational databases, so some experience with programming and knowledge of data structures is necessary. The article is also helpful for non-technical users of databases, including website owners. . Introduction A relational database is a system that organizes information into neat, orderly structures. A relational database management […]

Python: An Intro to a Cross-Platform Programming Language

Target audience This article assumes the reader has at least a basic familiarity with programming languages. . Introduction Any Introduction to Computer Science course would be incomplete without a mention of Python. It may seem relatively new to the programming languages scene, but it has been in use since the early 1990s. Scores of large […]

What is New in Ubuntu 15.10

Introduction Ubuntu 15.10 was released for public use on October 22nd, 2015.  Nicknamed “Wily Werewolf” it comes with a few upgrades and changes that are worth noting.  In this overview, we will briefly touch on the changes and upgrades in the newest version.  Ubuntu 15.10 is primarily noted as a stepping stone to the release […]

PHP7: Performance Improvements

Target Audience This article is geared toward those familiar with PHP, or with scripting languages and how they interact with the hardware upon which they run. Introduction Sometime in November 2015, the PHP Group will be releasing PHP 7. This release promises greater performance and some new tools to further improve responsiveness. This article takes […]

PHP7: Breaking Changes from PHP5

Target Audience This article is geared toward readers with at least a working knowledge of PHP or a thorough knowledge of programming. . Introduction PHP is one of those ubiquitous programming languages that underpins many of the most popular web platforms. With the release of PHP7–the first major revision to PHP in years–the governing body […]

HTTP vs. HTTPS : What is the difference?

Target audience This article is geared toward a general reader with a basic understanding of how the Internet works. Introduction When you surf the Internet, most web pages are delivered to your computer using a communications protocol called HTTP, which serves the vast majority of web pages on the World Wide Web. However, it can […]

MySQL vs. MariaDB vs. Percona

Target Audience This article assumes you have at least a passing familiarity with databases and some of the terminology around their features. Introduction Databases back every application, and there are many choices. MySQL has long been a popular open source choice; however, MariaDB and Percona are two major code forks that can replace MySQL with […]

What Is UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter)

Target Audience This article assumes that the reader has a basic understanding of electronic devices, circuits, and terminology. Introduction In the world of embedded device communications, there is a small handful of protocols that are used for many different applications. It is often the case that more common protocols that are commonly used for everyday […]

What Is a DDoS Attack?

Target Audience This article is aimed at non-expert computer users (without a background in network or systems administration). Introduction DDoS stands for “Distributed Denial of Service” and, naturally enough, is a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The basic aim of a DoS attack is to render a cloud server, PC or network resource […]

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