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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 the code coming. Multiple Matches with Switch http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=53&forumid=5&postid=60678&view=topic Joe answered a plea for help from the forums that showed how to modify an existing iRule that mad use of switch dropping through to multiple match cases.  This is a ... (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)

DevCentral Top5 03/12/2010

This week I bring to you a full house of content, docs over blogs. To say there have been more than a few pairs on DevCentral lately though would be an understatement. The rush of content could be likened to an avalanche but without the messy death and destruction bits to deal with. From interviews to tech tips to blog posts to original songs pertaining to cloud computing (no, I'm not joking, and no, the link isn't in here…go find it yourself), DevCentral never seems to sleep these days, which is just how we like it. In case you're overwhelmed and looking for a place to get start... (more)

20 Lines or Less #53: Security, Security & more Security

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (sometimes?) 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. This week we've got three awesome examples of iRules that are designed to increase your application's security in less than 21 lines of code. Dealing with header size, cache control, and a Microsoft advisory, we get to see a couple of different ways in which iRules can save the day. This isn't a new theme... (more)