Archive for September, 2011

NetApp Certification Options

September 30th, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
NetApp Certification Options

In the world of certifications, there are generally a few that are common knowledge among the general IT networking world: Cisco’s CCNA and CCSP certifications, for example, are known to the majority of the IT world, as are certifications like Microsoft’s MCP program or the A+ certification for desktop support specialists. There are, however, other certifications out there that are definitely worth looking at; certifications that, while not as well-known as some of the above, are great certifications that will help you specialize in a field or niche that you’re interested in: One of these, for example, is NetApp; they specialize… View full post »

Hadoop with Hive

September 19th, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 10 comments
Hadoop with Hive

Nowadays, there are lots of Hadoop emerging. Indeed, by “Lots of Hadoop”, I mean companies releasing their own versions of Hadoop (e.g. Cloudera) by building a layer over the original Apache Hadoop distribution. We can also call these “customized” versions of Apache Hadoop. But when we think about the core part, it remains the same across different Hadoop flavors. Apache Software Foundation (ASF) focuses on improving Hadoop by bringing many smaller sub-projects under it to facilitate open source tools development around Hadoop. Hive happens to be one of Hadoop’s more prominent child projects. Hive is a data warehouse infrastructure, initially developed… View full post »

Section 508 – The Web Accessibility Act: What is It?

September 9th, 2011 Leave a comment 1 comment
Section 508 - The Web Accessibility Act: What is It?

The very first question many web designers ask when “Section 508” is mentioned comes back at me with this: “What the heck is Section 508?” The reaction is understandable, given the rather understated publicity Section 508 has received in the web design world; I myself only learned of its existence a few years ago, even though the law was signed into effect by President Clinton in 1998. There hasn’t, at least in my experience, really been a push for awareness or compliance for accessibility in many private websites, and so far the vast majority of Section 508 compliant websites seem to… View full post »

Test Driven Development: By Example Book Review

September 8th, 2011 Leave a comment
Test Driven Development: By Example Book Review

Book Author: Kent Beck I have to admit, the very first thing that drew me to Kent Beck’s book Test Driven Development: By Example was his casual, easy writing style. While his audience is clearly not the faint of heart (Beck isn’t preaching to initiates; those without a prior knowledge of programming very definitely need not apply), Beck doesn’t assume the role of an automaton, much like some other software development books tend to do. Beck is casual and funny, a breath of fresh air in a book genre that’s often coma-inducing in style. That said, Beck’s book isn’t being reviewed because… View full post »

Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

September 1st, 2011 Leave a comment
Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

Drupal is a very powerful CMS, but it can be extremely hard to master: the learning curve for creating a powerful, usable, and engaging website is quite steep. There are quite a few Drupal books out there that can teach you these basics, and sorting the good from the bad can be a daunting task at times. That said, here’s our top 5 choices for Drupal books – we’ll help you find the one that’s perfect for creating your first Drupal website (or sharpening your already-savvy Drupal skills!) Beginning Drupal 7 By Todd Tomlinson Our list opens with Todd Tomlinson’s book Beginning Drupal… View full post »