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May 04 2010

19:36

What are your caching (and cache-busting) tips and tricks?

Many of us work on database-intensive web apps and rely on caching for site performance. So what are the tips, tricks and tweaks you've developed to keep your apps humming along while avoiding database meltdowns?

From the big things (got a great strategy for caching server config?) down to little plugin approaches (like the example I'll put below).

May 03 2010

22:26

Where/How do you store code snippets?

Anyone have any favorite ways of storing bits of code that you might want to incorporate at a later time?

I'm wondering what those in this group do (what your process is) when you're working on something that isn't quite ready for the formality of version control.

Scratch pad in text editor? Private repository? Whiteboard in the cloud? Commented-out code until cleanup?

Example scenario:
You're working on a project and decide you might eventually need some code that will provide cool Feature A. You create a chunk of Feature A. It's not quite ready for prime time and unnecessary for the project launch, but it could lead to something good. Where/how would you store the Feature A code?

A little further along, you come up with Feature B, which could be used in several other projects. Maybe. You put time and effort into Feature B, though, so you want to save the code, but again, not in a project. Where/how would you store it?

TIA.

April 20 2010

03:10

Start a news hack wiki?

Anyone interested in creating a wiki focused on hacks and processes specifically for online news production and CAR? The topic pages could cover things like web-scraping, "How to turn a spreadsheet of names/lat/lngs into a embeddable Google map", or scraping a PDF. I tried out wikia but all the javascript and colors scared me.

March 26 2010

09:00

March 24 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – easy screengrabs and links

Aggregation: clp.ly lets you save screengrabs, links and quotes from webpages, which can be used in your reports. Attribution and links back to the source are provided and the screengrab function provides an interesting visual. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


March 22 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – adjusting YouTube video code

Embedding video: If you want a video you've embedded from YouTube to start from a specific point - this blog post explains how to simply adjust the code. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


March 16 2010

09:00

March 12 2010

08:49

March 10 2010

09:10

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – online infographic resources

More than 175 examples of data and information visualisation resources can be found over at Meryl.net. Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


March 08 2010

09:00

March 04 2010

09:00

March 01 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – maps on Twitter

Linking to a map on Twitter? Try this neat little tool, Schmap.it to share places and events with your followers. Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


February 25 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – creating infographics

Infographics: Swivel.com offers a user-friendly way to create infographics for number-heavy reports, which you can embed in online reports. The site can be used to create embeddable graphs, tables and maps. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


February 01 2010

09:00

January 27 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – Twitter lists for breaking news stories

Breaking news: Covering a breaking news story with multiple sources/eye witness reports coming in on Twitter, why not use Twitter lists to manage them? See how it was done by news organisations covering the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.
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January 21 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – bringing social media into news

From @brettsr, head of digital and interactive at BBC Radio 5 Live: "5 live now is bringing social media closer to radio news. It also gets us links from News Online, which all helps get new ears." Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


January 19 2010

09:00

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – think about the medium

Think about your followers and the medium of your message. A recommendation from @soofuk: Although it's easy to link a Twitter feed to Facebook, people can get annoyed if you tweet a lot. Also, a Twitter shortcode can confuse non-tweeter Facebook users. Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


January 07 2010

09:03

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – data books and resources

Like data and nifty online tools? Check out these suggested 'gifts' from flowingdata.com. Some very handy data resources in the list at this link... Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


December 07 2009

09:02

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – ‘New Journalist’ slideshow

A slideshow looking at the role of the 'New Journalist' as a social entrepreneur: find it at this link. Tipster: Judith Townend. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


December 04 2009

09:15

#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – running a news meeting

Journalism: Running your first news meeting? Media Helping Media has 50 pointers for how to make it successful, including how to present yourself, how to arrange follow-ups and how to get people to participate. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.


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