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Bring your documentation writing into the DevOps lifecycle. DevOps is challenging technical documentation norms like at no other time in IT history. From automation to increased delivery velocity to dismantling the waterfall software development lifecycle model, these all spell the need for making dramatic changes to business and the philosophy of technical documentation. Here are …

Programming is not something that readily comes into mind when thinking about art, but many applications of programming allow for artistic expression. There is even a field of programming called creative coding where the goal is not to create something functional but rather expressive. Even though programming for art has been a thing for a while, it …

Over the next decade or so, we’ll see an incredible transformation in how companies collect, process, transform and use data. Though it’s tired to trot out Marc Andreessen’s “software will eat the world” quote, I have always believed in the corollary: “Software practices will eat the business.” This is starting with data practices. To understand …

An API needs to do much more than “just work.” If you are building an application that uses some variation of a client/server model, you need an application programming interface (API). An API is a clearly defined boundary between one process and another. A common boundary in web applications is a REST/JSON API. While developers …

Use OpenWRT and Wireguard to create your own virtual private network on your router. Getting from one place to another over a computer network can be a tricky thing. Aside from knowing the right address and opening the right ports, there’s the question of security. For Linux, SSH is a popular default, and while there’s …

Whenever it comes to work, whether you are casually working on your side project while sipping a cup of coffee or have intense working hours to deliver your task before the deadline, you want to know that you’re doing your best. That’s when productivity tools for developers come in handy. In this article, I’ll not …

Chief Information Security Officers are hounded by two questions: Is my company’s technology compliant? And: Are all of the cloud products and services our company uses compliant? Compliance continues to be a major issue inhibiting cloud adoption across enterprises, especially those working in highly regulated areas such as government, finance or healthcare. In the healthcare …

The GNU Debugger, more commonly known by its command, gdb, is an interactive console to help you step through source code, analyze what gets executed, and essentially reverse-engineer what’s going wrong in a buggy application. The trouble with troubleshooting is that it’s complex. GNU Debugger isn’t exactly a complex application, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t …

  Google helps protect billions of users every day through the use of a robust set of tools designed to keep users safe online. We’re proud to provide a wide range of these same resources to help developers build safe and successful apps. User participation increases when people have a safe and positive app engagement. …

If you’re managing large and complex projects, try replacing Microsoft Project with an open source option. Projects like building a satellite, developing a robot, or launching a new product are all expensive, involve different providers, and contain hard dependencies that must be tracked. The approach to project management in the world of large projects is …