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Comment: Re:complete with tracking and statistics (Score 1) 244

by tj111 (#33758730) Attached to: Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public
True, but I really do enjoy Google's shortening service in Maps. Let's be honest, those old links were ridiculously long and contained no relevant information, shortening them up makes them easier to share any way you want (text, im, email, etc). For the majority of cases, url shortening isn't a good practice, but it's not universally bad either.
PHP

Eight PHP IDEs Compared 206

Posted by timothy
from the colonic-extraction dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehen provides an in-depth comparative review of eight PHP IDEs: ActiveState's Komodo IDE, CodeLobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT), MPSoftware's phpDesigner, NetBeans IDE for PHP, NuSphere's PhpED, WaterProof's PHPEdit, and Zend Studio. 'All of these PHP toolkits offer strong support for the other languages and environments (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL database) that a PHP developer encounters. The key differences we discovered were in the tools they provide (HTML inspector, SQL management system) for various tasks, the quality of their documentation, and general ease-of-use,' Grehen writes.'"
United States

US Call-Center Jobs — That Pay $100K a Year 362

Posted by timothy
from the payment-for-the-gift-of-gab dept.
bheer writes "BusinessWeek profiles a call center company called iQor which has grown revenues 40% year-on-year by (shock) treating employees as critical assets. It's done this not by nickel-and-diming, but by expanding its US operations (13 centers across the US now), giving employees universal health insurance, and paying salaries and bonuses that are nearly 50% above industry norms. The article notes that outsourcing will continue and globalization will continue to change the world's economic landscape. 'But the US is hardly helpless. With smart processes and the proper incentives, US companies can keep jobs here in America, and do so in a way that is actually better for the company and its employees.' Now if only other companies get a clue as well."

Comment: Start with Somethign they are interested (Score 1) 452

by tj111 (#25356343) Attached to: How Should I Teach a Basic Programming Course?
Start with something that the students are interested, ie how the basics of the web work. How when you visit a website, your actually requesting information from another computer not to different from their own computers. Then give them the basics to write a basic "internet" application, using something like the google app engine or a little apache server you have set up. Once you have their interest, then go into coding practices and such. And be sure to teach that programming is about making mistakes. If you don't make mistakes/errors, your not programming right, and your definitely not learning anything.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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