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My brain won't allow me to listen to most music when coding because I automatically focus on the music, not the code. The only kind of music that works for me is music that has a repeating percussive pattern. But here's how sensitive I am. This piece...

npetrele by Cisco Employee
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 A classic tech satire, You Give REST a Bad Name by Dylan Beattie is one of the best YouTube parodies out there. Do you have any favorites? Post them below!   I’ll start! As a former MongoDB employee, a great candidate is this Cheap Thrills parody o...

Interacting with computers has evolved a lot over the years. Many of us can recall the use of paper tape and punch cards to interact with and program computers. These led the way in the 1970s to teletypes and visual display units (VDUs). These paper ...


The first Terminator movie was released in 1984, nearly 40 years ago. Back then, the concept of the human body being implanted with chips seemed like pure science fiction, something we might never see in our lifetimes. However, just this week, Neura...

yawming by Cisco Employee
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I don't have any hard evidence or statistics to support the idea behind today's meme, but I can relate to it and have had conversations with others who relate to it as well. It can certainly be a challenge when learning to revisit code and not under...

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Trivia Tuesday this week was about Cisco DevNet’s anniversary. Along with that anniversary, today marks the 57th anniversary of the US debut of a television series that, arguably, has impacted many aspects of the world. Technological ideas such as ha...


I’ve been using computers long enough to appreciate the economic value of data storage that we see today. My first experience with computers at home relied on tape drives to store programs and data. I still remember getting upset with my brother who ...


  What is Cisco DevNet? A website,, that provides free-to-use learning and sandbox environments? A community of over 600,000 developers? A place to help developers and IT professionals write applications and develop integrations ...

yawming by Cisco Employee
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The term "linter", which is any static analysis tool that inspects code to flag programming errors, syntax issues, and potential suspicious constructs, originates from who?A. Douglas CrockfordB. Nicholas C. ZakasC. Stephen C. JohnsonD. Scott Hanselma...


I don’t use social media frequently and I haven’t been paying attention to the Apps on my phone lately. A couple of days ago I found out there is a  on my phone and initially though that the WiFi provider, Xfinity , had altered its design. However, ...

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CQ CQ. The internet is down, and cell phones aren't working. What can we do? Oh no, we don't even have a landline anymore! If this were to happen, it would indeed be like an SOS. Mayday, Mayday! The day would no longer be fun. Don’t worry; if such a...

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Regarding network automation, we have many different choices of programming languages from which to choose. Some languages have been around for decades, like Perl, and those that are relatively new, such as Go. Which one to use will most likely be de...


Usually, the heated debate regarding tabs versus spaces is mostly ignored as silly, programmer fodder. However, in this rare instance, spacing and indentation DO matter in this data serialization language!  YAML stands for YAML Ain’t Markup Language...

atacke by Cisco Employee
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A story as old as time.... For a quick online check of whether or not DNS is the issue, you can use Is it DNS? To learn more about DNS, the unsung hero sometime infamous troublemaker of networking, see It's Always DNS: The Unfortunate Truth. Don't f...

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