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Category: Tech Term

VoIP

While old fashioned phones and mobile phones use telephone lines to connect you to the person on the other end of the line, VoIP uses broadband. The term VoIP refers to anything that would normally be done using a traditional telephone line that can now be done over the Internet. This includes calling someone, or […]

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Tech Term: Cron Job

A cron job is a script that runs on a web server to perform maintenance tasks on regularly scheduled intervals.

Sound fancy? It’s not. In fact, it’s totally mundane, not unlike brushing your teeth…

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Tech Term: Object-oriented programming

Object-orientation allows you to create objects within the world of your computer program that have specific and unique attributes and abilities.

When you think about programming languages the key thing to remember is that they are languages, just like human languages, and their purpose is to provide us, humans, with a way to communicate with them, the machines.

But since computers are extremely simple, programming languages also must be simple, and much of what we take for granted when speaking in our human languages must be made excruciatingly explicit.

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Bitcoin

Bitcoins are the first wildly popular internet currency.

If you are on the Internet regularly, you have no doubt heard about this hot new currency called Bitcoin. But you might not understand what makes Bitcoin so interesting and why everyone from Paul Krugman to Alan Greenspan to Fred Wilson are getting involved. Bitcoins are a form of currency created by a group of […]

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Frameworks

A framework is a collection of code libraries that are used to accomplish common tasks when building web applications. Think about it as if you were building a house. Your house may be incredibly unique, but it’s still going to share some things in common with your neighbors house: you probably want a bathroom, a […]

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Websites vs. Web Applications

When someone says “website” you should think simple, single page sites or marketing websites. Websites are built using HTML, CSS, and maybe a little bit of JavaScript. No programming language is required, and neither is a database. Web applications are a whole different beast.

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Kludge

Web developer’s duct tape to the rescue! A kludge is a quick-fix; a less-than-ideal solution to a coding problem.

Web developer’s duct tape to the rescue! A kludge is a quick-fix; a less-than-ideal solution to a coding problem.

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Git

Git is a great version control tool because it’s lightweight and straightforward to use, and it provides incredible compression and speed.

Git is a great version control tool because it’s lightweight and straightforward to use, and it provides incredible compression and speed.

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