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Functions in Python have a variety of extra features that make the programmer’s life easier. Some are similar to capabilities in other programming languages, but many are unique to Python. These extras can make a function’s purpose more obvious. They can eliminate noise and clarify the intention of callers. They can significantly reduce subtle bugs that are difficult to find. In this excerpt from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, Brett Slatkin shows you 4 best practices for function arguments in Python.

Hal Fulton

Hal Fulton, author of The Ruby Way, points out some of the extensive changes Ruby has experienced in less than a decade. By paying attention to why and how programming languages evolve, we can learn from experience and past mistakes, deliberately changing the language (and especially our usage of it) for a better future.

Thursday Bram

Code schools are popping up all over the country, but that doesn't mean hiring managers know what to do with applicants fresh out of a bootcamp. Business writer Thursday Bram explains what hiring managers expect from code school grads.

There are numerous problems with threads in Python, but Python can work around almost all of these issues with coroutines, which let you have many seemingly simultaneous functions in your Python programs. Brett Slatkin discusses coroutines in this excerpt from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python.

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Brad Yale

In an ongoing effort to shed light on basic concepts within the Internet, this article is going to touch on a underlying principle of cloud based solutions, PaaS. This article will aim to answer the following questions:


  1. What is PaaS?
  2. How does PaaS Work?
  3. How is PaaS Different than Traditional App Development?
  4. What are the Major Benefits of PaaS?
  5. Who Should Utilize PaaS?

  6. If you need a refresher on how the cloud works, check out "How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud"

John  Traenkenschuh

Just got notice that Microsoft is making a full-featured version of Visual Studio available--for free.  Traenk is happy.

Brad Yale

When you are new to any field, part of playing catch-up is learning the lexicon. Like any other field, SEO -Search Engine Optimization - is full of terminology which might seem like another language yet will prove critical to your ability to carry out everyday tasks of the professional SEO. 

With this said, here is a list of 15 Critical SEO Terms which you need to know. 

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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