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I want to point out something that a lot of PhDs don’t realize: your dissertation is the BEGINNING of your career, not the end. It is not going to be the best work you will ever do, and in many cases will be a pretty mediocre piece of scholarship when measured against an entire academic career. Get it done. Move on to the next stage of your career. Don’t worry about it being PERFECT (it never will be). Many grad students when they get to the ABD phase get stuck, trying to make it their magnum opus. (/source)

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The Open Source Author Profit Model

Recently I was asked to give a presentation on open source development and its implications in enterprise environments that are traditionally Windows-based and rely on support licenses for, well, support. When I mentioned that the only difference between a lot of open source software and private software is the initial investment and license fees, that got me thinking about how an open source author could still have a viable business model.

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Introduction to REST API’s and Security

When we want to access our database from within our code, we can generally put calls to our database right there within our application. In the world of Single Page Applications (SPA), though, to access a database like this would be absurd; since we store the credentials within our code, doing the same thing with a client-side language like JavaScript would mean that we expose our database credentials to the end-user. So how do we get around this?

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The Case for an Open-Source Community of Innovation in Higher Education

I recently attended a conference for student success in Coast Mesa, CA, where I was presenting the SLO Cloud system that I engineered with Aeron Zentner. While there, I spoke about an alarming gap in technological community among higher education programmers, technology professionals, and other systems-based professionals. A room full of nodding heads gave some strength to a concept that I had been thinking about for quite some time, and that is an open-source community for innovation in higher education.

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