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  Writing robust shellling scripts


Many people hack together shell scripts quickly to do simple tasks, but these soon take on a life of their own. Unfortunately shell scripts are full of subtle effects which result in scripts failing in unusual ways. It's possible to write scripts which minimise these problems. In this article, I explain several techniques for writing robust bash scripts. Use set -u ...

   Robust,Shell script,Set,Commands     2012-03-19 13:25:26


  The significance of coding competition to actual work


Some friends asked this question: In secondary schools we participate in the NOI, in university we participate in ACM/ICPC, TopCoder.What's the significance of coding competition to actual work? I participated in the NOI from 1994 to 1996, ACM/ICPC from 1999 to 2000 and TopCoder in 2002 for six months. Later I paid little attention to coding competition, so I may not understand the changes in recent years and race mode . The capabilities we can get by participating the competition can be summari...

   ACM,Programming,Facebook,TopCoder     2013-02-28 20:38:23


  What have been Facebook’s greatest technical accomplishments?


To maintain a large website which gets billions of requests er day and keeps very fast response speed is not an easy task. Many big companies are trying best to improve user experience by adopting different techniques. There is a question on Quora which asks "What have been Facebook’s greatest technical accomplishments?". There is a person who worked in Facebook before provided an answer which helps us understanding how Facebook handles huge amount of traffic each day. Here is the answer f...

   Facebook, Design, Efficiency     2013-01-15 07:32:07


  Sustainability


When I was in business school 25 years ago, I don't recall the term sustainability used. Maybe it was, but it certainly didn't register in my brain. The mantras that I recall were return on investment, shareholder value, revenue growth, and driving efficiencies in the business.But as I look at many of the challenges facing businesses today, it seems to me that the focus on performance and efficiency often comes at the cost of sustainability. This talk by Clay Christensen really drives that point...

   Sustainability,Productivity,Efficiency     2011-11-21 10:07:16


  The False Ideals of the Web


WE who love the Internet love the fact that so many people contribute to it. It’s hard to believe that skeptics once worried about whether anyone would have anything worthwhile to say online. There is, however, an outdated brand of digital orthodoxy that ought to be retired. In this worldview, the Internet is a never-ending battle of good guys who love freedom against bad guys like old-fashioned Hollywood media moguls. The bad guys want to strengthen copyright law, and make it i...

   Web,False idea,Free,SOPA     2012-01-19 10:24:25


  how to do online promotion to increase the traffic to your blog.


So many seo trics we can do to increase traffic to our blog, One of them is, by doing an online promotion. This trick is often done by the bloggers to increase traffic on their blogs.a very simple thing to do, but carry a big impact on traffic increases and the popularity of a blog on the internet. If you haven't already to do it for your blog, I think you should do it now, because it is more important than you are installing a lot of meta tags in your blogger.I have written some tips for doing ...

   Website,Promotion,SEO,Advice,Practice     2011-10-26 09:14:12


  How do Silicon Valley companies recruit


There are a lot of friends asking me about the basic flow of how Silicon Valley companies recruit engineers. As a candidate, I tried Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and I received offer from all these companies. As an interviewer, I have interviewed no less than 300 people and I know about the process of recruitment. I write this article with the hope of inspiring people who want to go to Silicon Valley or who are preparing for interviews or who are in the design of the recruiting process...

   Facebook,Interview,Experience,Silicon Valley     2012-05-15 06:36:52


  YOU'RE A DEVELOPER, SO WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOMEONE ELSE?


As a developer, you are sitting on a goldmine. Do you even realize it? No, seriously, a @#$% goldmine!Never in modern history has it been so easy to create something from scratch, with little or no capital and a marketing model that is limited only by your imagination.Think about the biggest websites you visit or use on a regular basis: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, or even Google for that matter -- all of them were created by developers who created something from little more than an id...

   Developer,Work,Startup,Money,Idea,Time     2011-11-06 14:35:48


  Understand how Larry Page leads Google judging by what he says


Larry Page is the head of one of the world's greatest companies : Google. For a long period of time, Page and the other co-founder Sergey Brin managed the company together. In 2001, Eric Schmidt took over the company, became Google's chairman and CEO. Until 2011, Page replaced Schmidt as the company's CEO.Page has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in Google's development. How did he push Google to today's height? Some of his quotations might be able to give the answer to this question. In my op...

   Larry Page, Google,Quotation     2012-12-09 11:26:59


  Meet the new Gmail inbox


On 29 May, Google announced the new Gmail inbox. The biggest change is users can categorize their mails. Today the new Gmail inbox is finally available. Now we can put a lot of different types of email: messages from friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more into different categories. By default, Gmail provides three different tabs : Primary, Social and Promotions at the inbox page. You can know what to read and what are the priority mails as a glance....

   Gmail,New inbox     2013-07-17 20:06:10