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Whither Sockets?
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Whither Sockets?

The pervasive and long-lasting sockets API has remained largely unchanged since 1982. How have developers worked around its inherent limitations and what is the...

Network Front-End Processors, Yet Again
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Network Front-End Processors, Yet Again

The history of NFE processors sheds light on the trade-offs involved in designing network stack software.

Hard-Disk Drives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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Hard-Disk Drives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

New drive technologies and increased capacities create new categories of failure modes that will influence system designs.

Debugging Ajax in Production
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Debugging Ajax in Production

Lacking proper browser support, what steps can we take to debug production AJAX code?

Api Design Matters
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Api Design Matters

It is very easy to create a bad API and rather difficult to create a good one.  Recent APIs implemented in modern programming languages make the...

Security in the Browser
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Security in the Browser

Users with no security training download Web browsers from the Internet without precaution, and demand that they be fast and easy to use. What can be done to make ...

Orm in Dynamic Languages
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Orm in Dynamic Languages

Dynamic languages offer a taste of object-relational mapping that eases application code.

Cybercrime 2.0
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Cybercrime 2.0: When the Cloud Turns Dark

Web-based malware attacks are more insidious than ever. What can be done to stem the tide?

Purpose-Built Languages
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Purpose-Built Languages

The ecosystem of purpose-built languages is a key part of systems development.

Erlang For Concurrent Programming
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Erlang For Concurrent Programming

Designed for concurrency from the ground up, the Erlang language can be a valuable tool to help solve concurrent problems.

Better Scripts, Better Games
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Better Scripts, Better Games

Smarter, more powerful scripting languages will improve game performance while making gameplay development more efficient.

Improving Performance on the Internet
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Improving Performance on the Internet

Given the Internet's bottlenecks, how can we build fast, scalable, content-delivery systems?

Parallel Programming with Transactional Memory
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Parallel Programming with Transactional Memory

While still primarily a research project, transactional memory shows promise for making parallel programming easier.

The Long Road to 64 Bits
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The Long Road to 64 Bits

The sometimes contentious development of 64-bit systems shows how technology decisions can have unexpected, enduring consequences.

Eventually Consistent
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Eventually Consistent

Building reliable distributed systems at a worldwide scale demands trade-offs between consistency and availability.

High-Performance Web Sites
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High-Performance Web Sites

Want to make your Web site fly? Focus on frontend performance.

Cto Virtualization Roundtable
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Cto Virtualization Roundtable: Part Ii

When it comes to virtualization platforms, experts say focus first on the services to be delivered.

Software Transactional Memory: Why Is It Only a Research Toy?
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Software Transactional Memory: Why Is It Only a Research Toy?: Why Is It Only a Research Toy?

The promise of STM may likely be undermined by its overheads and workload applicabilities.

Real-World Concurrency
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Real-World Concurrency

What does the proliferation of concurrency mean for the software you develop?

Cto Roundtable on Virtualization
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Cto Roundtable on Virtualization: Part I

Virtualization technology is hot again, but for the right reasons?
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