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The Web Search API is Retiring

Aug 29, 2014 - Dan Ciruli, Product ManagerOn November 1, 2010, we announced the deprecation of the Web Search API. As per our policy at the time, we supported the API for a three year period (and beyond), but as all things come to an end, so has its deprecation window.We are now announcing the turndown of the Web [...]

How to Use Docker on OS X: The Missing Guide

Aug 25, 2014 - pHave you heard of a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""Docker/a? You probably have—everybody’s talking about it. It’s the a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""new hotness/a. Even my [...]

Importance of Recovery Model in SQL Server

Aug 21, 2014 - Have you ever wondered, especially in the case of a data warehousing scenario, why the transaction log file grows bigger and bigger--sometimes much bigger than your database's data files? What caused it to happen? How do you control it? How does the recovery model of a database control the growing [...]

JavaScript insertAdjacentHTML and beforeend

Aug 19, 2014 - In case you didn’t know:  the damn DOM is slow.  As we make our websites more dynamic and AJAX-based, we need to find ways of manipulating the DOM with as little impact on performance as possible.  A while back I mentioned DocumentFragments, a clever way of collecting child elements under a [...]

Detect if a Function is Native Code with JavaScript

Aug 18, 2014 - Every once a while I’ll test is a given function is native code — it’s an important part of feature testing whether a function was provided by the browser or via a third party shim which acts like the native feature.  The best way to detect this, of course, is evaluating the [...]

The X Theme: Inside Look, Customer Showcase & More (Sponsore [...]

Aug 13, 2014 - Word has it that X, which was released by Themeco ( at the end of last year, is a great asset for web designers and developers everywhere – and the last website theme you'll have to buy. As more professionals hurry to get their hands on it, the wildly spreading enthusiasm is growing [...]

Simple Benchmarking in Ruby

Aug 11, 2014 - While working on a new feature, I ran into a problem where the response time for a single page was approaching 30 seconds. Each request made an API call, so I first ruled that out as the culprit by logging the response time for every external request. I then turned my attention to the Rails [...]

MySQL Numeric Overflow Gotcha

Aug 11, 2014 - Rob Gravelle highlights a gotcha related to MySQL's overflow handling of numeric values that are outside the permissible range of the column data type.

Velocity New York: Ticket Giveaway

Aug 07, 2014 - A few months back, O’Reilly gave me two free tickets to give away  for Velocity Conference in Santa Clara.  The chosen two reported back to me that the conference was incredible, as did a Mozilla colleague that quickly came back and implemented a bunch of speed updates for the Mozilla [...]

Abusing console.log to Remove Debug Code

Jul 30, 2014 - One of the big efforts of this blog is to make it as fast and compact as possible. I shave bytes and do everything I can to make the site as lightning fast as possible. In looking at my site’s main JavaScript file, I saw a few blocks which have no value on production, even […]Read the [...]

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