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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 an 8 on the geek scale, certainly the 3s and 4s of the world won’t be able to manage that kind of a URL either. Nevertheless, these sort of paths are common amongst robust applications. Enter friendly URL redirection. To combat the plague of uncivilized URLs many people, including DevCentral... (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)

DevCentral Top5 11/06/2009

While ramping up for "The Next Big Thing" continues amongst the DC staff, there is much to talk about in regards to content that's happening in the here and now, not just in the eagerly awaited future (with jet-packs and stuff…). DevCentral has seen its share of cool content this week, as it does every week, so let's talk about what needs talking about. Bringing you everything from TCL strings to a philosophical discussions of when vs. where and which is more important, I'm here with my Top5 picks for the week. And here they are:   When Is More Important Than Where in Web Appli... (more)

EM Metrics Galore

Check it out, folks, hot off the internal F5 presses, as it were.  I just got the inside tip from one of F5’s finest that there’s a doc floating around (an excel spreadsheet to be exact) that gives a list of all of the metrics that you can alert on, respond to or otherwise fiddle with in Enterprise Manager, F5’s awesome management tool.  That’s fine and all, but what makes this really neat is that it’s an exhaustive list. By exhaustive I mean that it’s a list of all 150+ (yes, one hundred fifty…let your geek beanies twirl, baby) metrics that you can get your hands on from a cen... (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)