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Bypassing Chinese Internet Censorship: How I Built a Censored Microblog Aggregator

by Xiaolei Liu

As is known worldwide, the Chinese government enforces strict censorship on the internet. Virtually everything is under the government’s surveillance. In order to be allowed to operate, ISPs and internet content providers in China usually have their own content filtering mechanism for blocking or removing the published content by its users, or even deleting users’ account directly if they are assumed to be illegal under the government policy.

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Top 10 Most Common Mistakes That Android Developers Make: A Programming Tutorial

by Ivan Dimoski

There are thousands of different Android powered devices, with different screen sizes, chip architectures, hardware configurations, and software versions. Unfortunately, segmentation is the price to pay for openness, and there are thousands ways your app can fail on different devices. Regardless of such huge segmentation, the majority of bugs are actually introduced because of logic errors. These bugs are easily prevented, as long as we get the basics right! Here's a quick rundown of the 10 most common mistakes Android developers make.

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Git Workflows for Pros: A Good Git Guide

by Joe James

Git can support your project not just with version control, but also with collaboration and release management. Understanding how workflow patterns can help or hinder a project will give you the knowledge to evaluate and adapt your project's Git processes effectively.

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Mirror API Tutorial: Google Glass for Web Developers

by Demir Selmanovic

Wouldn’t it be great to develop for Google Glass without learning a new programming language, and even by just using knowledge common to all web developers? Yes, it is possible! This article will introduce you to web development techniques you can use to build application used on Google Glass.

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Learning Swift Programming: Is it Ready for Prime Time?

by Joshua Ballanco

Since Apple's launch of Swift this past June, many iOS developers have been struggling with the question of if, how, and when to transition from Objective-C to Swift. This article explores some important points to consider before jumping into Swift development.

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JavaScript Promises: A Tutorial with Examples

by Balint Erdi

Promises are a hot topic in JavaScript, and you should definitely get acquainted with them. They are not easy to wrap your head around, it can take a few articles, and a decent amount of practice to comprehend them. Aim of this article is to help you understand Promises, and nudge you to get more practice using them.

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A Guide to Rails Engines in the Wild: Real World Examples of Rails Engines in Action

by Joe James

Why are Rails Engines not used more often? I don't know the answer, but I do think that the generalization of "Everything is an Engine" has hidden the problem domains that they can help to solve.

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An iOS Developer’s Guide: From Objective-C to Learning Swift

by Marco Mustapic

After 6 years of improving and working on Objective-C, Apple decided to throw another challenge at developers. Once again, iOS developers will need to learn a new programming language: Swift. Swift 1.0 is already a stable and strong development platform, which is sure to evolve in interesting ways over the coming years. It is a perfect moment to start exploring this new language, as it is the future of iOS development.

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AngularJS Tutorial: Demystifying Custom Directives

by Eric W. Greene

One of the most capable, extensible and popular front-end frameworks is AngularJS, and one of the most useful components of the AngularJS framework is something called a directive. In this article, the four functions that execute as a directive is created and applied to the DOM will be explored.

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