Archive for July, 2010

Secure Apache Web Server – Top 10 Ways

July 28th, 2010 Leave a comment
Secure Apache Web Server - Top 10 Ways

The Apache web server is an extremely stable and secure piece of software. With Apache powering close to 70 percent of the web sites on the Internet today, it has been well tested. It has become clear over the last decade that no software is 100% secure. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to make your Apache installation more secure. Keep Current The single biggest cause of security breaches is software that was out of date. As bugs and exploits are found in the Apache web server, patches are released to correct them. The… View full post »

Data Mining with MySQL – Finding Value in Numbers

July 24th, 2010 Leave a comment
Data Mining with MySQL - Finding Value in Numbers

When it comes to full scale database analysis, many servers have integrated software packages such as SSIS for Microsoft and dedicated business intelligence tools from SAP, SAS and other forms. Analyzing data with open source technology however requires a bit more work when it comes to implementing an end to end Business Intelligence (BI) tool. While there are a variety of ways to export MySQL data into software packages that can handle modeling, it is important to understand how the process works and the technology required. How MySQL can work with PMML Working with broad patterns and intuition on raw database technology… View full post »

Need High Levels of Concurrency? Try Stackless Python

July 19th, 2010 Leave a comment
Need High Levels of Concurrency? Try Stackless Python

Cloud computing has led to the development of applications that need a very high level of concurrency. Objects and routines need to support the ability to suspend their state and then continue running at a later time. In cloud computing, it may even be necessary to continue on a different server than the one the routine began on. Python does support traditional threading but threading does not provide enough concurrency for many of today’s distributed applications. Fortunately, there is a solution: stackless Python. What is it? Stackless Python is an implementation of Python that does not use the… View full post »

Google AdWords – 10 Proven Ways to Target Traffic

July 9th, 2010 Leave a comment
Google AdWords - 10 Proven Ways to Target Traffic

AdWords provides an effective, scalable way to target business prospects with textual ads based upon search queries. In many ROI studies of multiple media, search targeting has emerged as one of the single most efficiency drivers of commercial revenue today. While reaching potential customers through search, it is important to qualify the visitors with the right targeting settings, methods and tactics. With the right targeting settings you can vastly improve your ability to turn clicks into conversions, resulting in a higher ROI across your campaign as you further refine the settings for better performance. This guide can help both beginning and… View full post »

Proven Ways to Secure PHP

July 6th, 2010 Leave a comment
Proven Ways to Secure PHP

PHP is one of the most popular languages for web development today. As a result, hackers are always looking for ways to exploit PHP scripts to gain unauthorized access or cause damage to systems. Securing your PHP code is essential in any web application that you develop. When looking at securing your PHP application there are two main categories of methods for securing your code. The first category involves settings in PHP itself, via php.ini, that affect the overall security of your application. The second category deals with coding best practices and writing secure code to prevent… View full post »

Google Analytics – Site Performance Optimizations

July 2nd, 2010 Leave a comment
Google Analytics - Site Performance Optimizations

Google Analytics (GA) has changed the game for enterprise level analytics by offering a complete feature set without any licensing, seat or setup fees for most users. As a result, implementing conversion funnels, click tracking, path analysis and user segmentation is more accessible to a wider variety of website publishers. When it comes to gaining visibility into the behavior of your traffic, the tool has rapidly evolved to approach levels of performance by A-list analytics vendors. While the rich feature-set of Google Analytics makes it an ideal choice for analysts, the development side of the equation requires insights into load times,… View full post »