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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Protect yourself from POODLE!

At there is a web site for checking if your browser is vulnerable to POODLE! POODLE is a susceptibility with some browsers if they support SSLv3 using stream ciphers.  (POODLE stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.)

To protect yourself, follow the instructions at

Then re-test using !

APress Deal of the Day 23/Oct/2014 - JavaScript Programmer's Reference

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is JavaScript Programmer's Reference.

JavaScript Programmer's Reference is a one-stop source for everything you'll need to know to become a cutting edge web developer using the latest tools and techniques available today. ”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 22/Oct/2014 - TypeScript Revealed

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is TypeScript Revealed.

TypeScript Revealed is a quick 100-page guide to Microsoft’s “JavaScript for application-scale development," covering the new object-oriented-like syntax, tooling, community support, and process to include it into your projects.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

O’Reilly offer of 50% off 5-star titles to 05:00 PT 29/October/2014

Until 05:00 PT 29/October/2014, OReilly are offering 50% off some top E-Books and Training Videos.

Concurrency in C# Cookbook

“If you're one of the many developers uncertain about concurrent and multithreaded development, this practical cookbook will change your mind. With more than 75 code-rich recipes, author Stephen Cleary demonstrates parallel processing and asynchronous programming techniques, using libraries and language features in .NET 4.5 and C# 5.0.”

The Book of GIMP

“GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features. But with so many powerful tools and menu options, GIMP can be difficult to master. Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP.”


“Dive into ØMQ (aka ZeroMQ), the smart socket library that gives you fast, easy, message-based concurrency for your applications. With this quick-paced guide, you’ll learn hands-on how to use this scalable, lightweight, and highly flexible networking tool for exchanging messages among clusters, the cloud, and other multi-system environments.”

Think Bayes

“If you know how to program with Python and also know a little about probability, you’re ready to tackle Bayesian statistics. With this book, you'll learn how to solve statistical problems with Python code instead of mathematical notation, and use discrete probability distributions instead of continuous mathematics. Once you get the math out of the way, the Bayesian fundamentals will become clearer, and you’ll begin to apply these techniques to real-world problems.”

Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 6th Edition

“Considered the best Oracle PL/SQL programming guide by the Oracle community, this definitive guide is precisely what you need to make the most of Oracle’s powerful procedural language. The sixth edition describes the features and capabilities of PL/SQL up through Oracle Database 12c Release 1.”

The Heartbleed Bug remains a threat on the Web.

Although it is now 6 months since the existence of the Heartbleed bug was announced, it still remains a threat.

Even after 6 months an astounding 97% of Global 2000 organisations remain vulnerable due to incomplete remediation.

Please see the article at

Sunday, October 19, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 19/October/2014 - BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare.

BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare – EDI 834Enrollment Solutions demonstrates how to build both inbound and outbound EDI 834 processes in BizTalk server that follow the required patterns for integrations with health exchanges. Archiving, mapping,reconstituting EDI 837 data, exception handling and advanced logging and reporting are all covered”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 18/Oct/2014 - Exploring C++ 11

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Exploring C++ 11.

Exploring C++ divides C++ up into bite-sized chunks that will help you learn the language one step at a time. Building up from first principles you’ll soon be creating sophisticated C++ applications of your own.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Write Unmaintainable Code (or how to sell yourself workable coding standards)

The essay ‘How To Write Unmaintainable Code’ is an excellent article on how not to write code. I suggest every Dot Net developer read through it! It will convince you to use Visual Studio (Pro and above) together with ReSharper and StyleCop, to automate a workable coding standard. (Yes there are other standards, but StyleCop provides a coding standard that is very ergonomic.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 16/Oct/2014 - Becoming a Better Programmer

Today’s half-price E-Book Deal from O’Reilly at is Becoming a Better Programmer.

“If you’re passionate about programming and want to get better at it, you’ve come to the right source. Code Craft author Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career and your well-being.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

O’Reilly offer on Hadoop E-books and Videos until 05:00 PT 18/October/2014

To celebrate the Strata and Hadoop world, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of E-books and Videos at

Anonymizing Health Data

“Updated as of August 2014, this practical book will demonstrate proven methods for anonymizing health data to help your organization share meaningful datasets, without exposing patient identity. Leading experts Khaled El Emam and Luk Arbuckle walk you through a risk-based methodology, using case studies from their efforts to de-identify hundreds of datasets.  Clinical data is valuable for research and other types of analytics, but making it anonymous without compromising data quality is tricky. This book demonstrates techniques for handling different data types, based on the authors’ experiences with a maternal-child registry, inpatient discharge abstracts, health insurance claims, electronic medical record databases, and the World Trade Center disaster registry, among others.”

Using Flume

“How can you get your data from frontend servers to Hadoop in near real time? With this complete reference guide, you’ll learn Flume’s rich set of features for collecting, aggregating, and writing large amounts of streaming data to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Apache HBase, SolrCloud, Elastic Search, and other systems.”

Data Science at the Command Line

“This hands-on guide demonstrates how the flexibility of the command line can help you become a more efficient and productive data scientist. You’ll learn how to combine small, yet powerful, command-line tools to quickly obtain, scrub, explore, and model your data.  To get you started—whether you’re on Windows, OS X, or Linux—author Jeroen Janssens introduces the Data Science Toolbox, an easy-to-install virtual environment packed with over 80 command-line tools”

I Love Logs

“Why a book about logs? That’s easy: the humble log is an abstraction that lies at the heart of many systems, from NoSQL databases to cryptocurrencies. Even though most engineers don’t think much about them, this short book shows you why logs are worthy of your attention.”



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