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5 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

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Google Chrome is my go-to web browser for many reasons: it’s fast, supports modern web standards, and has a large ecosystem of awesome browser extensions that make life as a web developer much easier. Here are just a few that I can’t live without! 1. Awesome Screenshot Taking screenshots of your browser window is an extremely useful function. You can…

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Best Practices for Sharing Sensitive Online Account Information

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If you’re not careful, the communication tools you use every day might be exposing sensitive information about yourself, your business, or your customers, to some nefarious characters. Hackers and identity thieves are real, and many of them use some form of “digital snooping” to collect the information they need to do their damage. Usernames, passwords, account numbers, and other kinds…

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Using Friendly Maintenance Pages with Ruby on Rails

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At some point in every Rails application’s life, you’ll need to perform some kind of maintenance or code update that will require taking your application offline for a short period of time. There are methods to achieve zero-downtime deployments, but sometimes it’s just easier to take your application offline for 5 minutes during a deployment. If you know that no-one…

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Migrating Your MySQL Database to Amazon RDS

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If you manage your own database servers, at some point you’ve probably thought about moving to “the cloud”. Cloud databases provide some nice benefits when compared to traditional bare-metal servers: Ability to scale up (and down) easily Essentially unlimited disk space (no more “the hard disk is full” panic-attacks!) Automated backups and snapshots of your data Expertly-managed infrastructure, so you…

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