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October 24, 2017

Actionable UI insights from Google Analytics

Recently, I’ve been speaking with an old client. I designed his website for him several years ago and provided him with an introduction to Google Analytics as part of that service. Now, as with many of my clients, since the day his website launched, he has never logged into Google Analytics to see what it shows him.

While sitting with him recently, we started to discuss the reason his website wasn’t converting as many people as he hoped. When I asked how many people were visiting the website, he looked blankly back at me.

Understanding how many people visit your site is incredibly important. If you have 10 visitors a month and achieve 2 sales; then there [...]

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October 10, 2017

Starting with Python – Basic string & math functions

Below is a quick overview of key Python functions

Multi-Line Comments

“””Here is a multi-line comment

These help you comment out multiple lines at a time

use three speech marks at the beginning and end to create a multi line comment”””

Single line comment

#This is a single line comment. Just use a hashtag at the beginning of any statements

Define Variables

To define variables in Python, simply type the variable name, the equals sign & then define it’s value

MyName = “Kieran”

MyNumber = 10

LikesPie = True

Print values & variables

You can print values on screen through either your variable names or by [...]

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September 23, 2017

Creating durable application environments

When we refer to an application environment we’re grouping together our hardware, software, files and processes.

To make these environments durable & highly available, we need to find a way to ensure that our application can failover automatically & continue to run and that all our configuration files are backed up for additional resilience.

In a traditional LAMP stack application, were talking about: Linux; Apache; MySQL; PHP; Apache config files; firewall configuration, PHP config; MySQL tables & data; MySQL config files; static HTML, CSS and JS resources; PHP scripts; Cron Jobs and domain name configuration to name a few.

What can we do to ensure [...]
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September 1, 2017

What is big data and Hadoop

While the term ‘big data’ is used a lot by small and large organizations alike, it doesn’t always mean that they’ve got a firm grasp on the concept of the technology and its benefits. As such, the ideal starting point of this post is to discuss the concept in a little more detail, ensuring that we have common understanding of the subject matter before we delve any further into the detail.

To quote SAS (source), “Big data is a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured. And big data may be as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become. Why? More data may lead to more accurate [...]

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