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Welcome to a special "yes I know it's Wednesday but I won't be here Friday" edition of the Top5. There has already been some great content in the last week or so, which makes it easy to do an edition mid-week, but that's not unusual. Given the amount of awesome content that can generally be found roaming the wilds of DevCentral, it isn't uncommon to have enough to fill up the Top5 by Wednesday. This week I am taking advantage of that fact. Though I have no doubt there will be still more goodness to come this week, you'll have to manage for yourselves...so dig deep and see what's out there! In the meantime, here are a few great pieces with which to get started: iRules Concepts: Tcl, The How and Why http://bit.ly/z9j18P One of the questions that we get asked from time to time is, "Why Tcl". Those people are referring to the interpreter we chose as the underlying infr... (more)

Friendly URL Redirection Scaling via iRules

The concept of a friendly URL is a pretty simple one. Basically you want to make things in your application, on your website, etc. easier to access. This stems from the fact that most applications these days make use of increasingly complex paths for a multitude of reasons. Whether it’s user specific content, auto generated pages or otherwise, typing in a URL that looks like “http://domain.com/a7391/users/0928179/events/live/release/20110403/regions.php?region=atl” isn’t something that’s easy or frankly even realistic for a user. I’m not going to remember that URL, and if I’m a... (more)

E-Mail is Bigger Security Risk than Twitter

Summer vacations, travel and distractingly favorable weather may interrupt the normal work weeks for some, but they can't stop the content. DevCentral has been alive and well through these sunny days thanks to the blogs, docs and media cruising through from various contributors. With many irons in the fire, plans on the drawing board and other assorted clichés at work helping to drive the "Next Big Thing" for the DevCentral team, you can only expect to see things scale upward and onward in terms of content pacing. I'll try to help you keep up. To that end, here's this week's Top5... (more)

What Could You Do with Your Code in 20 Lines or Less?

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (almost) every week for the devcentral community, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be without getting in over your head. Here are a few more cool iRules from the forums. This week I’ve included one of the simplest, shortest iRules to ever make the 20LoL. It just struck me as something quite useful that I’m willing to bet several people will look at and say “oh, that’s handy” despite the fact that it’s not complex or long.  Keep... (more)

DevCentral Top5 08/07/2009

As the extended DevCentral crew continues to crank through the summer months, churning out more and more awesome content, there is lots to see. Whether you're looking for short, easily consumable pieces of media to get you pointed in the right direction or longer posts about the practicality of running your crew or your servers close to the ragged edge, I've got both for you this week. Check out this week's Top5:   pyControl Apps #2 - Deleting BIG-IP Routes http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=2318 In Jason's continuation of the pyContr... (more)