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Why Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

Brad Yale

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

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Mobile Malware and Fake Apps: Hong Kong, China and The New York Times

Brad Yale

For the past week or so, Hong Kong has erupted with peaceful demonstrations advocating for the ousting of the Chinese premiere and the right to peacefully and openly elect his replacement. While the Chinese premiere, Xi Jinping, looks to be going nowhere one thing has become clear - the mobile devices and Internet connections which helped to grow the nightly demonstrations are quietly suffering an inward meta problem - malware, viruses and fake applications.

As mobile platforms become more prominent and are used more robustly to organize, carry out financial transactions and conduct daily personal business, the time has come to address mobile malware and fake applications.

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Q&A with 2014 Jolt Award Winner: "Python in Practice" Author Mark Summerfield

Heather Fox

Dr. Dobb's has announced the results of its annual Jolt Awards in the Best Books Category. The awards cover nominated books published during the twelve months ending June 30th. A total of 9 judges reviewed dozens of nominations to ultimately announce The Jolt Award for the year's best book, along with two Jolt Productivity and three Jolt Finalist awards.

The Jolt Award-winning Author for 2014 is (...drum roll...) Mark Summerfield, who here discusses his lauded book, Python in Practice: Create Better Programs Using Concurrency, Libraries and Patterns.

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By Heather FoxCommentsOctober 1, 2014
Topics: Python, Open Source

The 10 Most Important Linux Commands

Brad Yale

I get it. 

You're new to the Linux Command Line and truth be told, you might be a little intimidated. Coming from the comfort of a PC or Mac desktop, the Linux Command Line (CLI) looks nothing like what you normally use. The Linux CLI is dark, it's secretive, it's bare bones minimal and it's anything but friendly to newcomers. And yet, the Linux CLI is highly useful, essential to using your Linux box or virtual machine and can, if done right, provide you with more insight and practical use than the Windows or Mac desktop ever could.

For those reasons, from someone who was also once a Linux newb, I present the top ten Linux CLI commands you need to master for basic Linux CLI comprehension.

This list will not make your a Linux System Admin however it will get you on your way with your foot in the ocean.

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InformIT Labor Day Programming Event

Brad Yale

Welcome to the InformIT Labor Day Event.

From August 28th - September 3rd,  the following deals apply to all ebooks, books, video learning lessons, interactive learning lessons, software and practice tests:

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On The Importance of Continued Education

Brad Yale

Normally, I use this space to talk about tech issues. In a way, I will use this post to do that yet more than anything else, I am going to use this space to talk about the reality of continuing to learn in a professional setting. More specifically, I am going to use this space to talk about the importance of continued education in a professional/personal setting and some of the interactive tech tools – Learning Labs – InformIT offers to help you to continue to learn. I promise you, you’ll love Learning Labs.

 

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The Best Browser Extensions

Brad Yale

We spend a lot of time online. According to a recent Mashable article posted by Matt Petronzio on March 5, 2014, the average American adult spends 11 hours per day with electronic media. Of that, three hours is spent on social media, nearly one hour is spent on a smartphone and nearly one hour is spent on the Internet via a PC. Taken as a whole, the average American adult spends between 2 – 4 hours online every day.

We spend a lot of time online. To make your daily online life better, below is a list of the five coolest Internet Browser extensions.

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The IT List: What You Missed This Week on InformIT [8/1/14]

Emily Nave

With today's "connected life" running 24/7, we recognize it's hard to keep up with all your favorite websites and tech resources. The IT List is here to help you cut through the noise. Check back each Friday for a quick digest of articles, resources, promotions, and other goodies worth a first or second look on InformIT.

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The IT List: What You Missed This Week on InformIT [7/25/14]

Emily Nave

With today's "connected life" running 24/7, we recognize it's hard to keep up with all your favorite websites and tech resources. The IT List is here to help you cut through the noise. Check back each Friday for a quick digest of articles, resources, promotions, and other goodies worth a first or second look on InformIT.

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Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON

Brad Yale

With OSCON taking place in Oregon from 7/20/2014 – 7/24/2014, the Open Source community will come together to discuss everything new in the Open Source world. From OSS to Java, Python to PHP, Cloud Computing to Perl and emerging programming languages to mobile platforms, the Open Source community has a lot to chat about.

This said, I wanted to take the time to discuss why the Open Source initiative matters by highlighting a few key elements of the protocol which help to make it so powerful.

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Five Reasons to Advance Your Developer and Programming Skills

Brad Yale

Much to the opposite of everything you told your mom for years, you don’t know everything. Knowledge is power. As a programmer, as a developer, as a new coding student or a seen it all hacker, you can always beef up your dev skills. For that reason, here at the top five reasons why you should advance your programming skills with the InformIT 50% Off Developer Video Training event. 

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The IT List: What You Missed This Week on InformIT [7/11/14]

Emily Nave

With today's "connected life" running 24/7, we recognize it's hard to keep up with all your favorite websites and tech resources. The IT List is here to help you cut through the noise. Check back each Friday for a quick digest of articles, resources, promotions, and other goodies worth a first or second look on InformIT.

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