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Articles

Hit the Ground Running with MongoDB and Python
Stephen B. Morris describes how to get started with MongoDB and Python. As usual with Python, you can get productive quickly, without worrying about complex IDEs. MongoDB has a simple data model and easy-to-understand semantics, giving you a handy on-ramp to this interesting technology.
By Stephen B. Morris - Sep 16, 2014
Create Your First Arduino Program
Write your first program and watch it work! In this excerpt from Arduino Programming in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, learn how to use the Arduino IDE software package to create, compile, and upload an Arduino program. You then learn how to interface your Arduino with external electronic circuits to complete your Arduino projects.
By Richard Blum - Sep 15, 2014
An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript: How to Use Data-Joins in D3
Data-joins are the bread and butter of D3. This chapter from Visual Storytelling with D3: An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript covers how to use data-joins to add elements to a webpage and then manipulate them with data.
By Ritchie S King - Sep 12, 2014
Migrating Users and Applications to Windows 8.1
Learn how to migrate users and their profiles to Windows 8.1, configure folder redirection, and configure profiles in this chapter from MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft Windows 8.1.
By Don Poulton, Randy Bellet, Harry Holt - Sep 11, 2014
CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide: IP Forwarding (Routing)
This chapter from CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, 5th Edition covers Cisco Express Forwarding concepts, routing protocol migration, and policy-based routing.
By Narbik Kocharians, Peter Paluch - Sep 10, 2014
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Blogs

Google On Air Live Hangout with the Father of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup

On August 20th, the father of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup led a Google On-Air Live Hangout event in which he talked about everything C++. The event was sponsored by InformIT, Pearson Education and the Google + C Plus Plus Community. 

By Brad Yale - Sep 12, 2014 - Information Technology, Programming, C/C++
The CAPTCHA: A History, A Problem, Possible Solutions

Everyone, every online user, at some point in time (most probably during a purchase) has outwardly professed "COME ON!" when trying and failing to enter a CAPTCHA. 

There is an old Ellen Degeneres joke which dryly states whoever is in charge of CD packaging must be sarcastically mean. Personally, this is how I feel about the inventor and users of the CAPTCHA.

Where did the CAPTCHA go wrong? How did it start with the best intentions of hackers and grow into a security solution almost guaranteed to cause cart abandonment? Why does the CAPTCHA make me/us so mad? Why hasn't something else come along to replace the CAPTCHA yet? 

In this post, we explore the history of the CAPTCHA, noted issues with the bot/spam tech and possible alternatives. 

By Brad Yale - Sep 10, 2014 - Information Technology, Process Improvement
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