In the summer of 2012 The University of West London set out to harness the immense potential of the free Cloud-based suite of collaboration tools, provided by Office 365, to create a personalised, interactive, social platform to support the institution...(read more)
Vivek Doraiswamy and Riham Satti are students from Oxford University and the Co-Founders of Swapplr, a swapping and trading site for students using the latest Microsoft technology to help the student community and marketplace. “Take the TV! I don’t need it”. There it was. Eureka, a gap in the market. Vivek’s friend was just about to graduate from the University of Oxford and he couldn’t take his TV with him. Not a big deal, right? For us it was the start of Swapplr. It was a flat screen TV costing over £200 and he was selling it
for £50!! Was it broken? No. Did it have a missing piece? No. Was it in perfect condition? Yes. Till this day forward we thank that flat screen TV. Literally. Every year each student spends £1500 on living expenses (excluding food and rent) and when they graduate from University they no longer need these things - but at the same time new incoming students require those exact same goods. That’s the theory behind Swapplr. When we started we thought. ‘why don’t we let people swap goods?’ But it quickly grew to a swapping and trading site for students. We got...(Read whole news on source site)
After taking a look at HyperLevelDB, it is time to see what Basho has changed in leveldb. They were kind enough to write a blog post detailing those changes, unfortunately, unlike HyperLevelDB, they have been pretty general and focused on their own product (which makes total sense). They have called out the reduction of “stalls”, which may or may not be related to issues with the write delay that leveldb intentionally introduce under load. Okay, no choice about it, I am going to go over the commit log and see if I can find interesting stuff. The first tidbit
that caught my eye is improving the compaction process when you have on disk corruption. Instead of stopping, it would move the bad data to the “lost” directory and move on. Note that there is some data loss associated with this, of course, but that won’t necessarily be felt by the users. As a note, I dislike this code formatting: Like HyperLevelDB, Basho made a lot of changes to compaction, it appears that this is the case for performance reasons: No compactions triggered by reads, that is too slow. There are multiple threads now handling compactions, with...(Read whole news on source site)
Software For Backbone.js devs: easily enable new Cloud based experiences in your apps with the Windows Azure Mobile Data Service - Olivier Bloch highlights the development by Microsoft Open Technologies of an open source Backbone adapter which makes it easy to synchronise data to a Windows Azure Data Services Enterprise grade Git - Brian Harry discusses the [...]
Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/TATWORTH/archive/2013/06/20/e-books-from-apress-and-oreilly.aspxIn recent days both APress and O'Reilly have radically improved the way they display items registered against your account with them.
APress now show only one line per e-book and the multitude of formats is handled by a drop-down list. The result is that the list of APress books I have bought now requires less paging through. The only things that the APress lacks are:
The ability to show all on the page (currently options for 10,20 and 50 per page)The ability to sort on title or date bought or date updated
O'Reilly have always
shown the formats available by a series of hyperlinks along one line. They have improved their list as follows:
You can sort on title or date bought or date updatedClicking on a line shows full detail of the item (include image, download details, errata link and catalog page). Clicking again collapses the detail.
You can select all your purchased items together or just show E-Books or Print or Videos
Now why is the date updated important? Updates are issued for various books (particularly those made available whilst still being written) - the publishers very kindly email you when an update...(Read whole news on source site)
Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/TATWORTH/archive/2013/06/20/apress-deal-of-the-day-2ojune2013---beginning-css3.aspxToday's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430244738 is Beginning CSS3
"Beginning CSS3 shows how to create attractive and flexible web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)—the language of web design."