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Omri Erel08/20/14
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6 Tools Every SaaS Company Needs to Boost User Retention

Believe it or not, the average SaaS company loses 5 – 7% of their customers per year. This is surprising because most SaaS companies focus on acquiring users more than keeping the users they have. But why is user retention so much more important than getting new users?

Rob Galanakis08/20/14
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A Short Letter to a Unit Testing Newcomer

One of my friends asked how to get started with unit testing and Test Driven Development and figured I could write a short post. I also mention TDD a few times in my book so I think it could use some more attention.

Mike Bushong08/20/14
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On foxholes and corporate silos

The existence of silos in large companies is fairly common. But simply knowing that silos exist doesn’t help too much. The operable question for everyone operating in these environments is: What can I do to remove unnecessary silos?

Cal Evans08/20/14
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Learn from NO

Most companies have some variation of the same process for interviewing developers. There are a myriad of reasons for the candidate to say No. The important thing is for you to learn from their NO.

Robert Diana08/20/14
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Geek Reading August 19, 2014

These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques.

Doug Turnbull08/19/14
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Introducing Splainer: The Open Source Search Sandbox That Tells You Why

This is the entire art and science of search relevancy. It's not magic gnomes inside a box that understand all about baby bottles. No, it's heavily tuned heuristics that Solr and Elasticsearch use out of the box.

Dave Rooney08/19/14
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An Appetite for Change

So, regardless of whether a change is imposed by the management of an organization, is requested by and driven by those most affected by the change, or any combination of both, the fundamental mathematics remain the same.

Michael Mainguy08/19/14
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Things to Remember About Information Security

Gone are the days when a developer would write an application that only ran in a secure environment and now it is possible for applications to be moved to locations where previously well managed security gaps now are exposed to the internet at large.

Topher Marie08/19/14
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DevOps Has IT Heroes Sleeping Through the Night

Fifteen years ago, at the height of the dot com bubble, system administrators were burning the candle at both ends. With no cloud, Agile, or DevOps to help them, they were making it happen through sheer force of will and effort. As far as modern IT is concerned, those days are gone, and it's for the best.

Dave Farley08/19/14
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Dealing with Testing Times

This approach not only gives you better control in your tests, but it also speeds them up – no more sleeping threads, which can add up in large test suites. As well as all that it enables classes of testing that were simply impossible before (e.g. long duration waits).

Mike Driscoll08/19/14
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jsonpickle: Turning Python Pickles into JSON

The jsonpickle package allows the developer to choose what JSON backend they want to use for encoding and decoding the JSON via its load_backend and set_preferred_backend methods. You can also customize the serialization handlers if you want to. Overall, I believe this could be a handy project for developers.

Mark Needham08/19/14
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Where does R Studio install packages/libraries?

As a newbie to R I wanted to look at the source code of some of the libraries/packages that I’d installed via R Studio which I initially struggled to do as I wasn’t sure where the packages had been installed.

Robert Diana08/19/14
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Geek Reading August 18, 2014

These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques.

Keith Mayer08/19/14
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Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

In this article, we’ve defined a custom PowerShell function to quickly provision a new Virtual Network in an existing Azure subscription. Along the way, we’ve explored an approach that you can leverage to elevate your PowerShell skills from simple scripts to reusable tools.

Mark Needham08/19/14
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Ruby: Receive JSON in Request Body

I’ve been building a little Sinatra app to play around with the Google Drive API and one thing I struggled with was processing JSON posted in the request body.