Trusting ‘the cloud’ with personal information doesn’t sit well with me either.
Impacts to privacy and the all-too-frequent reports of breaches … with cloud services speak to exercising caution rather than embracing a big, (mostly) corporate target. In light of these and many other breaches and the likelihood of them not going away anytime soon, it feels compelling to want to solve the problem a different way. Read more »
While I can’t say anything nice about LimeSurvey’s user interface, it does have a decent API.
When I was searching for open source survey software the API was what made the decision to go with it, easy. We needed to have the ability to pull the survey results out of LimeWire and have them display on another site. Read more »
I built an application around a REST API that wasn’t giving me the quick response I needed.
I want my applications to load as fast as they can, and it looked like I needed to also minimize the load on the web service. I was attending WordCamp in Vancouver and listening to Zack Tollman tell us about how he leveraged memcached to speed up the delivery of content for his high traffic website. The traffic demands of the site I was building this for are considerably less than the one that he was managing and I wasn’t working with WordPress, so I used a different and more basic solution. Read more »
I was approached to build a web application that extracts student applications from a database and sends the results over to another server in a .csv file at regular intervals.
I needed to build a light-weight application that functioned in the background, was reliable and required little maintenance or intervention. Since creating a web service was off the table for this client, it was a perfect opportunity to use both
cron in any meaningful way. I’m a fan of both. But first,
cron. Read more »