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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: Twittergate Reveals E-Mail is Bigger Security Risk than Twitter http://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/macvittie/archive/2009/07/16/twittergate-reveals-e-mail-is-bigger-security-risk-than-twitter.aspx Tantalizing news posts and enticing headlines were hard to avoid this week. Nearly everywhere you ... (more)

DevCentral Top 5 9/24/2010

Adding to the already wicked cool selection of stuff I get to talk about on a weekly basis, we’re starting to see more and more content submissions outside of normal forums use from our user base. It’s fantastic to see folks contributing articles that share their first-hand experience using F5 gear with others. This week I get a chance to talk about two different MVP contributed Tech Tips that are both interesting as well as educational. It’s been a good week so sit down, buckle up and let’s hit the DevCentral Top 5: It’s Midnight. Do You Know Where Your Tech Support Is? http:/... (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)

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. Well we made it to 30 editions of the 20LoL.  Soon we’ll break 100 iRule examples that are under 21 lines of code each.  Pretty neat stuff, if you ask me.  This week is the hoolio show, it seems.  The guy is just a monster in the forums, what can I say?  I sure am glad he’s on our side.  I’ve got three example... (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)