Building A Profitable Blog

Niche Blogging Profits

Starting out in 2005, Codrut Turcanu had little knowledge of blogging, let alone making fortunes off it. However, as the time passed, he gained an immense experience. He learned what the so-called gurus don't talk about much. He applied that knowledge and is now raking some $35000 from his 5 blogs as a result. This story is of the author of what is going to change your life in just one read the Niche Blogging Profits. A complete guide on the secrets of what really makes blogging so worth it. This guide has helped many of his clients and now, it could be your chance to climb up the success ladder and level up with the gurus who have been inspiring you. But unlike the guides or the internet-derived information you've been reading, the Niche Blogging Profits have 7 secrets that really work. And the best part about these secrets is that the author has dug them out himself. How's this for credibility? The guide is available in downloadable PDF, all too well organized and simply put for someone who has been envisaging his career as a blogger a fruitful one like yourself. It is for the newbies who have been working hard to get around the corner of nothing to the road leading to treasures. Continue reading...

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An empirical test of blogging in the classroom

Blogs are exciting to many educators, who argue that they can be integrated into learning activities to achieve a variety of pedagogical goals. For instance, Oravec argues that weblogs can reduce plagiarism and can help students critically assess online sources and develop a unique writing voice. Others argue that collaborative workspaces such as wikis and blogs enrich the learning experience in that they encourage students to revisit, revise and comment upon concepts and to evaluate and respond to the thinking of others. Because the format of blogs encourages students to engage with positions divergent from their own, blogging can potentially enhance analytic and critical thinking skills. Perhaps most importantly, the participatory and decentralized structure of these technologies discourages the sage on the stage approach to teaching and instead recalibrates communication patterns so that knowledge-sharing is increasingly student-to-student and student-to-instructor.

Blogs, Wikis, and IM: Communication Tools for Subject Specialists

Many academic libraries employ the use of subject specialists that serve as library subject experts in a particular field or discipline. These subject specialists, also called subject bibliographers or subject liaisons, often work very closely with the students and faculty of the academic community they serve. This close interaction with the library constituents can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time. Instant messaging, blogs, and wikis can help to make the subject librarian's job easier and more effective, as these technologies allow for increased communication with the academic community. At Ohio University Libraries, each professional librarian serves as a subject bibliographer for one or more academic departments or colleges. As the subject bibliographer for the College of Business, I am fortunate to serve 1700 students and over seventy faculty members from the college.

New Books, Blogs, and Really Simple Outreach

So after you've edited your config file to include the appropriate information, it's time to upload Wordpress to your server. The username, password, and database name are self explanitory, but the Table Prefix may not be. The Table Prefix is literally that a prefix that is used inside the database in order to set your blog apart from other things inside the databasee. You can have multiple Wordpress blogs all within the same database by using different prefixes for each. Since we are going to use this blog for a specific purpose, there are a number of things that need to be customized, chief among them the categories structure. We're going to use the categories as a shorthand way of identifying the areas and departments at the university that might be interested in each book that we enter.

Blogs for Learning: A case study

Blogging in an academic setting is starting to receive significant attention as a tool for increasing student engagement, active learning, and peer-to-peer learning. However, significant barriers exist, primarily technical. The goal of Blogs for Learning is to support instructors and students who wish to engage in academic blogging. Blogs for Learning will be a comprehensive online resources providing information about the technical, pedagogical, and policy aspects of educational blogging.

Blogging In Libraries

Welcome to the first day of the Library and Information Resources Track. We've got a really amazing lineup of presentations for this week, starting with three on blogging in libraries. In the last couple of years, blogs have come into their own as a driving force in politics, mass media, local information, professional discussions, and almost anything else a person can imagine. They are no longer confined to the discussions of lost loves and late nights, though there are still many, many examples of this early fare of blogs. Many libraries are just now discovering the new, innovative ways that this simple tool can be used to reach out to users for marketing, teaching, and discussions. Blogs are unique because they require no special technical knowledge to set up and administer, opening the platform to everyone with a computer and every librarian across the world. The possibilities of this little web application are virtually endless.

Blogs as personal learning environments

This presentation examines the potential and existing applications of blogs as Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). This presentation contrasts social and anti-social' software in its current use in higher education, explores existing applications of these technologies in teaching and learning online and proposes a future model of a PLE based upon blogs, aggregation and associated technologies.

How the integrated use of blogs and Blackboard can improve a university public relations class: A case study

This case study discusses how the integrated use of blogs and Blackboard can improve a distance learning-based public relations class taught through Northwestern State University. In addition to scheduled web chats and message board discussions within Blackboard, students are provided supplemental information in a blog, which has the added benefit of exposing the instructor's thoughts to a wider audience. This presentation describes how presenting information about blogging is essential to public relations students, since blogs are becoming increasingly recognized as a new public relations medium. At the same time, students will need to know the skills needed to succcessfully develop and implement blogs as part of their public relations toolkits, since many clients will want blogs created as part of PR campaigns.

How Much Money Can a Blog Earn?

ProBlogger has a very good article on how much money a blog can earn. He gives examples of three blogs he is sort of involved with without revealing any names Blog C Our last example is a blog that had around 160,000 page views over the month from around 80,000 visitors. It earned 515.12 from contextual ads and somewhere in the vicinity of 2,500 from affiliate programs. He then goes on to say factors that contribute to a Blog s earnings Very interesting read for newbie bloggers. ProBlogger

Indian Bloggers Facing Legal Problems

Indian bloggers are getting in legal tangle. Bloggers have already faced legal threats from the mainstream media. But, because of the lack of laws, an individual usually chooses to back off and retract his her opinions. In this case, the court has ruled that site owners will have to own responsibility of comments made by their readers, and that a disclaimer cannot be used to avoid it. However, I am still unclear about its scope. Will this apply to all sites - including the ones owned by the mainstream media Will it apply to other media In this specific case, will Orkut will be considered a partner in the crime Bloggers will have to continue to tread in dangerous waters if we do not treat the problem as a whole. In the end, either free speech will get hurt or opinions will lose their face, and both are equally bad for a democratic country like ours.

Want To Learn Web Programming? Write A Blog Engine

What is the best way learning any kind of programming Write programs I sincerely believe that a blog engine is one of the rare pieces which employs all the basics of Web programming but can be simple enough to understand. More importantly you can even choose to learn more than programming - about the concepts, modern technologies and architecture of the Web. At this point you can start thinking about various readers as well. A blog can have one author, but can have readers in a wide range of environments. Focusing on the display system, you can get exposed to standards and best practices of Web design. The beauty of a blog engine is that you can use it to understand various concepts. As you continue learning, you can use your knowledge to extend the concept of your blog engine. It is one of the best applications to employ concepts of REST and URL design. You can improve your design knowledge by exploring usability and applying it in your application.

Blogging 101

Are you looking for quick, easy and affordable vehicles to market academic library services Do you need to publicize new databases, new books and media, or information literacy instruction Don't know HTML or don't have the time or skills to create web pages Blogging is rapidly becoming a new PR tool for the savvy 21st Century academic librarian. Without knowing any HTML, you can create instant web content in a matter of minutes. If there's an issue regarding posting your blog on your library university web server, there are sites which will host your blog for free. Blogging software is free or inexpensive, and easy to learn, and there is a rapidly expanding academic library weblog community where you can keep current, be inspired and ask questions. Blogs are exceptionally good for collaboration so multiple librarians can post to a New Books & Media Blog blogs can also be used as an Intranet. This overview of blogging in the academic library will include

Bloggers No Good

Another of those mainstream articles (via India Uncut) in The Times Of India by Shobhan Saxena dismissing the bloggers. Not deviating from the usual complaints the article bashes bloggers because there are too many of us doing too many of personal opinions. For some reason, blogging is compared to journalism, probably because sometimes the markets and business models overlap. I have also realised most of the times it is started by someone from the traditional media. Otherwise blogging is too personal and opinionated to be in the same league as journalism to compete. Mind you, none is higher, but they are just different animals. I wonder if it is not blogging itself, but the economic effects of blogging that pits the journalists against bloggers. The article seems to be too critical of us Indian bloggers. In the West, blogs have become an outlet for the rage that people are no longer allowed to express in the actual world.

On Blogging, Again

It seems like a periodic ritual that more than a couple of articles come out on blogging. Not the ones with advices, but which look at the phenomenon of blogging, as good or bad. I cannot help but submit to the temptation of talking about them, probably repeating some things along with these periodic rituals. It is in fact one of the best ways for me to reconsider blogging and its importance, sometimes I get vindicated, sometimes challenged and sometimes confused. Here it goes. Tony Hung writes about blogging ignorance, even within the tech community. He mentions an article by Mr. Binstock where he criticizes blogging because majority of the blogs are silly and personal. I think there are a couple of things to consider here. One is that there is no system to blogging. Blogging is one of the activities with least restrictions, so that anyone can start with it, including kids. Blogging is not about any subject, it is up to the blogger whether it is focused on any subject or not.

Using RSS to increase user awareness of e-resources in academic libraries

There are numerous blogs and RSS feeds available from a variety of scientific databases, electronic journals and electronic books still not well-utilized by many academic libraries supporting scientific disciplines. Since one of the important roles of academic libraries is to promote and provide instruction in the use of electronic resources, it is evident that the libraries need to play a pivotal role in developing awareness about the evolving applications of scientific blogs and RSS feeds. Various course offerings such as those in biomedical engineering, chemistry and engineering management can effectively make use of such blogs and RSS feeds to support both face-to-face and distance learning. Their applications may include current awareness services to keep up with new information, RSS feeds of new journal article citations, RSS feeds of research queries in electronic databases, and news alerts from different subject areas.

Learning to Speak: Creating a Library Podcast With a Unique Voice

Podcasting in academic libraries is still so new that its importance and ultimate utility has yet to be determined. This has not stopped a number of institutions from experimenting with the technology, adapting it for a variety of uses ranging from library tours to database tutorials to recordings of library events. More than any of the suite of social software applications that exist today, such as blogs, wikis, and IM, podcasting adds a new dimension to the library, giving it the opportunity to create a personality for itself, its services, and its greater community.

Patrons in the driver’s seat: Giving advanced tool-sets to library patrons

I can't begin to approach the topic of library blogs as well as Michael Stephens can. I'd suggest that readers become familiar with his work to evangelize library blogs as his coverage is complete. Early in the website design process, we made the decision that blogs would constitute the nucleus of our dynamic website content. In addition, we wanted to enable commenting on those blogs. We really had no idea what kind of response we would get of what form that response would take. Just a brief look at our Director's Blog will illuminate the fact that the blogs promote a constant two-way dialogue between our director, Josie Parker, and the public. Of course, making this succesful requires a director who is courageous enough to regularly face the public head-on. But if you're not ready to go there, be sure to take a look at some of AADL's other blogs that are staffed by some very clued-in, bright minds. Virtually every material type garners it's own blog.

Social Networking: What Is It and Where Does It Fit in the Alumni World?

Online Social Networking has changed the world. This is more apparent in Higher Education than anywhere else. Why Because our prospective, current, and most recent students are the ones driving the change. How did this happen Bigger, faster, stronger technology has changed the way we communicate, and the way we define community. Email, cell phones, and instant messaging have successfully become part of everyday life and blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, and wikis are now on their way to doing the same. Social networking communities are bringing these tools together to help members find, share and communicate with others based on trusted relationships.

Subject Librarian 2.0?

Have your library constituents heard your song, and do they ever sing along This presentation will focus on one librarian's practical use of blogs in an effort to convey her philosophy that regardless of the technical aspects of the changing information landscape (Library 2.0 ), the song, generally, remains the same when it comes to the messages subject librarians need to convey. Blogs are a quick and efficient tool librarians can use to communicate their messages. Better yet, Blogging technology allows for the potential for library constituents to become more involved in the dialog, to sing along The minimum skills necessary for a librarian to utilize a blog as a communication tool are a natural curiosity, an openness to learn new (sometimes goofy sounding) terminology, a small amount of courage to experiment with pre-packaged, free blog software, ideas, and a computer.

Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS

Blogs have been hyped as push-button publishing indeed, it is fairly simple for an educator, librarian, administrator or the like to set up his or her own blog with almost no knowledge of HTML , CSS , or JavaScript. But for those who do so, this lack of knowledge can quickly become limiting and frustrating when they want to customize their blog. This session is designed to help you learn enough about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to feel comfortable making changes to your blogs and other web pages. It will work like a case study we'll start with a blog right out of the box, and use free tools like the Firefox Web Developer extension to customize and personalize the blog. In the process, you will gain confidence in making small changes to existing templates, preparing you for more extensive, adventurous changes in the future.

Nomadic Desktop - Improving Workflow, Improving Pedagogy

The Suprglu-based site helps leverage the in-browser desktop environment. It supports calls to various zero-install web applications with the user interface capabilities of desktop client software for communicating, organising, and getting work done. It is also part course and professional development RSS feedbook. Course feeds come from shared class blogs, content bookmarked at (incl. flickr images), and variously from watchlists at CiteULike and topic-related blogs. Professional development news comes variously from edtech-related blogs and watchlists. As well, it is a portal to campus web sites. This functionality is available anytime the user is online at any computer in multiple tabs in a single browser widow.At this juncture, it is useful to stress that this is just one simple solution- its greatest value may ultimately be to encourage others to seek different solutions which suit their personal needs and preferred ways of working.III.

The Fast Track to Agile Web Apps: Best Practices for Higher Ed Web Development on Rails

Universities are dynamic places where supporting technology must keep pace with vigorous academic and student life. This presentation is a practical look at what it takes to build, deploy, and support web applications in record time using the best tools available today for source control, collaborative development, testing and deployment. Primarily I will demonstrate Ruby on Rails and why it is appropriate for development of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other social and collaborative applications, especially ones requiring AJAX enhancements. Our experiences with these technologies and frank assessments of their strengths and weaknesses will be generously sprinkled throughout.

More on Blogburst, Traffic v/s Money

TechCrunch says BlogBurst Can Save Big Print Media but ProBlogger argues should you allow Blogburst to syndicate your blog content So while you may be earning some traffic to your blog, since Blogburst doesn't pay you anything, you might be losing revenue although one commentor on Techcrunch says they will pay bloggers once they are out of Beta). The bottomline is if you are new to the blogging scene and feel you have good content but don't have traffic, you can sign up for Blogburst. But if you already have an established reader base of 10000 to 15000 readers, maybe you don't need this service.

Simple Spark: Online catalog of Mobile/Web Applications/Services with intelligent search, RSS tracking, screenshots,

Techcrunch reports about a new online service called Simple Spark that makes it easier for users to search for & track mobile and web applications and services through an extensive catalog of more than 3000 items. Each service application is categorized in 7 main categories like Media, Living, Office, Organization, Travel, Marketplace and Finance, further sub divided into sub-categories like mobile, spreadsheets, blogs, photos, widgets, news, maps, directions, file sharing, storage, etc. I am surpised at the number of listings available in the Mobile category itself.

Google Finance Beta launched

When a user searches for a stock, it will display the latest news related to the stock on the right hand side. The Company Summary is shown at the top followed by Company facts beloew that. Blog Posts about the company are shown on the bottom right hand corner. Google Finance displays information for companies listed on worldwide stock exchanges including India but quotes are only for some American European stock exchanges.

Dependency injection vs. Cake pattern

You would typically use the Cake Pattern to achieve something akin to dependency injection. Jonas Boner explained the Cake Pattern in one of his infamous Real-World Scala Series blog post. What we would try here is to use the Cake pattern to implement the same DI scenario in Scala and then compare that with its corresponding Spring implementation. In doing that we would hope to clear out some of the misty clouds over Scala and DI.

Comparison of Apache Stream Processing Frameworks: Part

In this short blog post series, we went through popular streaming frameworks from Apache landscape and discussed their similarities, differences, the trade-offs they have made and also their fitting use cases. I hope it was interesting for you and I believe it will be helpful when designing your own streaming solution. There's definitely a couple of interesting frameworks which were not discussed here, but I plan to address them in separate posts. Also if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me as I'm always happy to discus the topic.

Cake pattern in depth

The Cake pattern can be (loosly) considered as Scalas answer to dependency injection (DI), you can see a comparison between Java Spring and the Cake Pattern in Jan's earlier blog post here. The basic application of DI and the Cake pattern solve the same thing dependencies between components. There are subtle differences, but let's discuss the mechanism of the Cake pattern rather than getting into the nitty gritty.

Using Spark to analyse Akka persistence journal in Cassandra

In this post we will discuss how we can store and further use these data by connecting Akka, Cassandra and Spark, focusing mostly on the configuration, Akka serialization and Akka-analytics project. Later I will follow up with another blog post building on top of this with an example of using machine learning techniques to obtain some insights to help optimize future decisions and application workflow. Event sourcing approach is an exceptionally good source of data for further analysis using batch processing capabilities of Apache Spark 7 . Apache Spark is a distributed data processing engine for large scale distributed data processing providing both batch and stream processing capabilities as well as machine learning library MLlib and other tools 7 . We had a closer look at it in our previous blog posts 8 and 9 . For both persistence and remoting 13 (communication between remote actors) Akka uses its serialization module to serialize messages.

Enforcing invariants in Scala datatypes

In his Strategic Scala Style blog post series, Li Haoyi explores patterns for enforcing invariants in datatypes using techniques such as self-checks and structural enforcement. Some of the techniques described in the blog post rely on runtime assertions. Thus, while they prevent invalid data from appearing in your datatypes, the datatype construction is not fully represented in the type system. In this blog post, I'll expand the techniques by demonstrating ways to enforce invariants using type-safe, compile-time techniques. First, I'll demonstrate how the runtime assertion style works using an example datatype. I'll then show how we can enforce invariants in the example datatype in a type-safe style. Finally, I'll briefly cover the pitfalls of using case classes for datatypes with type-safe invariant validation, and how we can regain the case class features using tricks in the class inheritance system and ScalaMeta macros.

What if I told you, Scala compiler can understand SQL queries?

The code here is using Troy, the Schemasafe Cassandra driver. If you want to learn how it was built, I recommend checking Toy-Troy, a stripped down version of Troy for the educational purpose. Also keep an eye on a series of blog posts I am writing here called Introduction to type-level programming .

Chaos Experiment: Split Braining Akka Clusters

As part of a series of blog posts on Chaos engineering, this blog post introduces the open source library docker-compose-toolkit. Here, we use this library to define a Chaos experiment (using extensible effects) that illustrates the impact that auto-downing can have when an Akka cluster is subjected to network partitioning. The previous post Can Real World Distributed Systems be Proven Correct motivates and explains the need for performing fault injection on distributed applications. In future posts, we will consider more realistic use cases than considered here - so please stay tuned

Evaluation strategies in Scala

Evaluation strategies are one of the most important traits of programming languages. Hence, I chose this topic for the current blog post. We are going to have a quick introduction to evaluation strategies and then look at the evaluation strategies supported by Scala. We are not going name all of the evaluation strategies (which by the way can be found here) but rather focus on the ones supported by Scala. Scala supports two evaluation strategies out-of-the-box call by value and call by name . Also, we are going to have a look at call by need as it can be achieved simulated with a small workaround and it will also be the subject of my next blog post.

3 non technical tips to be a better software developer

I keep reading articles about telling developers to read blogs, books, to code in your spare time, to write your own posts And it's not that I don't think that it won't help you to be a better software developer, of course it will, but it can also be really bad for you.

Event sourced microservices

Using the JdbcType type class means that the SlickEventJournal can read and write identifier and event representations of type String , UUID , Array Byte and many more. This enables the support of binary and human readable representations for identifiers and events. The extensive use of implicits on methods makes for verbose method definitions, but also means that client code need only provide (define or import) a minimal set of implementations. In order to use the SlickEventJournal the client code must provide implementations for the type classes defined above. Continuing the theme alluded to above. Here are example definitions for the posts resource of a blogging microservice that make use of Play json

Go Reactive Activator Contest: Reactive Orientation

As part of Scala Days 2014 in Berlin, the Go Reactive Activator Contest was announced. The aim was to demonstrate a Reactive Application using the Typesafe Activator. We decided to participate, because it was an interesting opportunity to learn, have fun and the possibility of winning a prize helped too Our Reactive Orientation Activator template was awarded with the first prize in the contest and the intention of this blog post is to discuss what we built.The template contains a thorough tutorial so we encourage you to have a look, try the application and also read the code. We will split the solution into multiple blog posts so that we can introduce the technologies in sufficient detail. We'll also describe and discuss the concepts, technologies, various alternatives that are provided to programmer to meet the goals. It should provide resources for further education and help even beginners to start with building Reactive Applications.

How to prepare a programming job interview

Visit their website. Usually, at the beginning of the interview, you are given the chance to explain what you know about the company. Use this opportunity to show that you have some interest in them, and that you have done some research. For instance, if you know the names of the people who are interviewing you, google their names, many times you can find valuable information about them in sites linkedin or their personal blogs.

Can Real World Distributed Systems be Proven Correct?

This blog post explores the degree to which real world distributed systems may be proven to be correct. I outline how fault injection, following Chaos Engineering principles 1 , might aid this verification process. Finally, I briefly review existing fault injection frameworks. Future posts shall present a generic fault injection framework - the docker-compose-toolkit - and explore how DSLs, based on IO-automata, may be built allowing the specification of distributed system behavioural properties with their conformance ensured using runtime monitoring.

Introduction Into Distributed Real-Time Stream Processing

In this blog post series I'm going to describe various state of the art open-source distributed streaming frameworks, their similarities and differences, implementation trade-offs and their intended use-cases. Apart from that, I'm going to describe Fast Data, theory of streaming, framework evaluation and so on. My goal is to provide comprehensive overview about modern streaming frameworks and to help fellow developers with picking the correct one for their use-cases.

Demand more from your programming language

If you want to skip the entire blog post, these are the lines worth reading. I feel of not having being completely fair in my Scala example, and I want to explain things a little better. Obviously also in Scala you can write monadic code, using Scalaz or building your own IO monads, but you have to force yourself to do that, because the language doesn't force you. In other terms, if you don't have purity by default in your programming language, you rely on common sense and good coding practices in other terms, you must be a coder who cares about his crafts. If you have a language like Haskell, instead, also if you are a not so good programmer you are forced to write code in a certain way. Said that, also Haskell programs are not perfect. The two main mistakes newcomers do are in terms of

How penguins on a melting iceberg can inform a startup's change strategy

Facing a startup CEO is a plethora of data looming across channels from transaction information to marketing automation and digital marketing platforms. Then there are blogs, meet-ups and accelerators offering insights and ambiguities on trends, opinions and comments. Against this backdrop of constant change, she has to balance branding and positioning, innovation and selling, people and finance, to respond and grow both in the near and long term.

Using Shapeless to Validate Typesafe Configuration Data

In this blog post we explain how Typesafe configuration data may be validated. To avoid unnecessary boilerplate code, we use Shapeless to aid the creation of a lightweight validation DSL. We finish off the post by showing how the use of sealed abstract classes can be leveraged to enforce validation constraints to be invariant. Whilst the code for buildUnsafe is relatively simple, we loose some type safety in its implementation (hence its name ). If the developer were to specify the use of (say) validate Double ( , )( ) , but that parameter of our validated case class actually had type Int , then we would get a runtime class cast exception. This is clearly the sort of error that we would ideally like to catch at compile time In the next blog post, we will examine how we may use polymorphic functions to avoid these types of issues. In this blog post we have seen how we may use the open source library validated-config to build validated case classes from Typesafe configuration data.

Protocol Buffers and Scala microservices

When implementing a microservices-based system, it is important to clearly specify the services' APIs. In this blog post, I will describe the way to clearly describe the protocols, and to use this description to generate the microservice-specific code (in this particular example, the case class es and the Protocol Buffers serialisation). It is important to keep the microservices completely separated from each other in this example, this means no common code . It is tempting to have a module (think JAR) that defines the protocols as case class es, and to share this module between the microservices. This is the first step on the road to ruin the next step usually is to include the marshallers. It makes sense to have code that marshals and unmarshals these case class es in a single module everyone who uses this is probably going to do some marshalling, anyway.

Distributed Machine Learning Pipelines in Apache Spark

The machine learning pipelining API for Apache Spark was released in December 2014 in version 1.2 1 . The available present the same simple examples. But how does it work in practice, what are the strengths and weaknesses and is ready for production use This blog post will try to answer these questions. Consider the Spark example below. It uses Spark's RDDs 17 . RDDs are strongly statically typed and are therefore compile time type checked. The code reads a file, splits each line to three numbers (representing features (here represented by a matrix) and uses that as an input to a machine learning model (in this case a Neural Network)) and applies forwardRun() function that runs input through a trained Neural Network and produces result - I may discuss this code in more depth sometimes in another blog post - but for purpose of this one, let's just assume it is a function from some parameters to Double. We are building an R&D project called Muvr 20 .

Top dos and don'ts of Word Press SEO

When it comes to the question of which blogging system to use, WordPress leads the pack. Its functionalities relating to the diverse range of templates, architecture, and plug-in facilities provide users with an incredible amount of tools and pathways of creating content from websites to sharing pictures and video. The SQL and PHP programming and interface systems provide a user-friendly approach to open source blogging and surpass any other blogging site in that regard. As with any online content, WordPress allows users to optimize on their SEM efforts to reach a wider target audience. However, given the vast range of tools and functionality in WordPress, users have yet to learn the basics of SEO techniques and methods to make the best out of their blogs and website. Images are just as important as text in your content.

Adding support for call-by-need aka lazy arguments using scalameta

In my previous blog post we have discussed the evaluation strategies in Scala and the difference between call-by-value, call-by-name and call-by-need. Also, I have shown a small workaround for evaluating the arguments lazily (aka call-by-need). As previously presented, the workaround for call-by-need arguments consists of local lazy values which are initialised with the call-by-name arguments we want to be evaluated at most once In this blog post I have presented a relatively simple solution for adding support for call-by-need arguments without boilerplate. It is implemented using scalameta macro annotations. Hopefully, the support for lazy keyword will be extended so we can apply it on method parameters as well. The full code is available on github.

Distributed Computing Optimisations and Apache Spark

Many algorithms, especially those with high computational complexity or those working with large amounts of data may take a long time to complete. Many different ways to express algorithms exist in different environments - single threaded, parallel and concurrent and distributed. In this blog post I will focus on the relationship between them and the advantages and disadvantages that the distributed environment provides. The main focus will be on Apache Spark and the optimisation techniques it applies to computations defined by its users in distributed environment. Quite a few very good publications and blog posts were published around Spark's optimisations including improvements in last year 18 or analysis of Spark's performance bottlenecks 19 . In my last blog post about Spark 2 I slightly criticised the DataFrame abstraction used for machine learning pipelines and SparkSQL for their absence of compile time type checks.

Jenkins2 Pipelines 101

In this blog post I highlighted a variety of techniques you can implement in your Jenkins pipelines written entirely in Groovy. A variety of basic constructs help you get started and running building your own basic pipelines, and the advanced constructs section helps to get you to the next level and beyond with more robust functionality. If you have any questions or suggestions to add in, or even expand onto another post then please send me your feedback by e-mail or Twitter.

Get Started with AdSense, How to Create an AdSense Account

Google AdSense is one of the best Contextual Advertisement available on earth. As a blogger, you have surely heard about Adsense. In this article, I will demonstrate how you can create an Adsense account for the first time. If you have already started a blog, you can check my guide on how to apply Adsense to a WordPress website for the first time . Before you enroll for the AdSense, you must have a website, preferably a blog. Never put AdSense into your mind, until you have a self-hosted website with content, we recommend 20 to 30 detailed posts (for blogs). This means it should take you a month or two after starting a blog before you can apply to join the AdSense Program.

FIXED! Mobile Usability Issues on the Google Search Console

Mobile Usability Issues is a dangerous killer disease that has not only blackmailed bloggers and website owners, but also causes a huge loss of revenue. Once Google detects mobile usability issues on your website, you will be eliminated from SERP . This gives you another hard work, to understand the rending CSS for your blog. To understand the rendering CSS for your website, we're going to use two methods.

Move a Cube With Your Head or Head-Tracking With WebGL

He wrote it as a demo for opera 12 release which contained getUserMedia. For more info on the library, auduno blogged about internals of his library. You can find details in his blog post. Additionnal info are available in the reference documentation. Some examples are already in three.js, like targets or facekat.

Lets Make a 3D Game: Make It Fullscreen

For more details on THREEx.FullScreen, see its annoted source. It is a simple to add in your game. It provides a more immersive experience to your players. On a related subject, we will soon likely do a post about embedding your game in another page. It is usefull when you want to include it in a blog, in facebook or other game plateforms.

Word Press Makes Sense For Many Non-Blog Websites

A friend wants to develop a corporate web site and wanted to get my advice on what CMS he should use. As usual I asked him what did he want to do with it and got a judgement about his technical skill. The website he envisoned was one of the simple ones, with basic information and he was not exposed to any web site management before or to managing raw HTML. I advised him to use WordPress for it. However, he knew that WordPress was a blogging engine and felt that I was trying to tackle him cheaply. The recent versions of WordPress also lets you set one of the pages as the homepage. You can do away with the blog and archives look and create a corporate user interface. In a blog the posts take over the entire web site, whereas in a non-blog web site the pages get more dominant. Comments is something I believe all web sites should borrow from blogging. Comments can be used to interact with the readers and customers.

Hosting Is Important, Even For Small And Simple Web Sites

With most good hosts, you will get this information pretty quickly. However, just like every business is unique, every web site will have its own requirements and a future roadmap. It is a good start to look for top web hosting or individual reviews on blogs. Then identify your own parameters and mark your favourites. It is quite possible that you give up the traditional hosting plans and go for cloud hosting option.

Partial Feeds v/s Full Feeds

Partial feeds might work in the second case, but they might in fact be harmful in the first case. Using feed readers is convenient if full feeds are provided, and might help your blog to stay in a reader's radar instead of getting dropped. As a reader, I use feed readers and visit the site if I find the post interesting or if I want to comment on it. Sometimes I click through if it is about the site's design or if I feel that the design is as much a part of the content. What I hate is if people send out partial feeds just for the sake for me to click through and increase page views and hits, it is anti-blogging.

More Options For Posting To Wordpress

So do others However, the difference with WordPerfect Lightening is that is a desktop tool that allows collaboration on the Web and lets remix content from multiple sources. A hybrid model, something that I always preferred, can help in improving blogging. Not only blogging, this can help in various Web publishing activities that Wordpress can be used for. Another tool, that is not talked about much is WordPy. It is a Wordpress client for Internet tablets Nokia 770 and Nokia 800. Of course, it targets a niche audience, but it can make life easier for the tablet users and help them to blog. Lack of dedicated time on a computer is one of the popular reasons for not blogging. Such software can help.

Wordpress Categories In Permalink Structure Behavior

To further complicate this, Wordpress 2.2 had a problem with category sorting (has been fixed) - they were being sorted in the opposite order. So, the category with the highest category ID was being selected to form the permalink. My blogger friend had this fatal combination, while it was fun to investigate it, it did cause some anxiety. I am not sure how many of us use the category in the permalink. However, I came across at least two of such cases where the blogger was lost. I think Wordpress behaves correctly, it is flexibility of the category structure that can overshadow this fact. Maybe something like a main category or something can be used to explicitly specify which category to use for a post.

Deciding On Programming Languages

We cannot ignore the open source pool of software available. Sometimes the sheer presence of huge community and required features can drive selection of the framework tool and hence the language. What would you do if your client wants a blog Would you choose Wordpress, Movable Type or one of the other thousands of existing blogging engines Whichever you choose will dictate the ecosystem and the programming language along with it.

Lets Make a 3D Game: Make It Embedded

This post is part of the Let's make a 3D game series. The previous post was on fullscreen API. Here is another one on resizing the display area. This post is about embedding your game in another page. It is usefull to include it in a blog, in facebook, iGoogle or other game plateforms.

CQRS/ES in Akka

I shall not dive into the details of the UserPushNotification actor curious readers will find that delivers messages using the Apple push notification mechanism. To see it run for yourselves, you must have an iOS application, matching private key, and a device token unfortunately, this is a topic for another blog post Moving on swiftly, we complete the app with its main object.

Version checker

In addition to the updates, it will attempt to gather as much news about each update as possible. You will be able to quickly find the relevant notes, blogs, articles, and so on. Furthermore, the system will analyse the mood of the news about the update. All of this is to help you with the question, Should I update to the newer version

Out Of Job Thinking

As I kept trying to get a clearer vision, I realised that it was one of the most effective and strong changes that has impacted my outlook. Most of my thinking, before blogging, about software and related has been from the point of use in my job or career. Or sometimes the topics and depth of research has been limited by it. But blogging, being independent of any of my professional aspirations, gives me a chance to look at software and peripheral topics from a neutral perspective. The best thing to happen was the realisation that I really loved doing it. Which was followed by the feeling of power and independence that I was free out of my job's constraints and parameters to try, evaluate and analyze a technology. I started seeing technology purely by its merit without considering its use in my restricted work circle. Some of you probably already do it. But believe me it is very easy to get limited by what you do most of the time of your day - your job.

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