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The Impact of Web Caching By Alva Yashaswi Try to remember something that happened on your last vacation. How long did it take you to recall? Now, try to remember it again. You were probably able to recall it faster the second time — but, why? This is because as soon as you recalled the event the first time, your brain saved the information to your recent memory. The same concept applies to caching. Caching is a way of temporarily storing the contents of a webpage in locations near the user, similar to the way our memory works. There are several types of caching options available like database caching, application caching, and distributed caching. In this article, we’ll talk about web caching and how it affects user experience. What is web caching? Website developers use different techniques to optimize performance and improve speed. One such method is web caching, w... (more)

DevCentral Top5 01/22/2010

Wow! What a whirlwind it's been the past few weeks. Between holidays and vacation and people traveling out of town, it's been an absolute zoo around here. Though I've been out the past week or so there has been an avalanche of content. I've hemmed and hawed and finally managed to slim my picks down to just five, though there are at least a dozen awesome things worth checking out on DevCentral in the past week or so. So don't be shy, get out there and poke around for yourself. For now, though, here are my top 5 picks for the week: v10.1 - The table Command - The Basics http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=2375 The new table command introduced in 10.1 is so hawesome and powerful it's hard for me to decide where to even begin describing the grandeur that is the table command. I've decided to begin at the beginning, and point y... (more)

Martinique Vacation Rentals

Everybody want to experience an unforgettable moments in their lives. Although, the event would depend on what you can undergo on your chosen destination. The location plays an important role to touch everyone's spirit. Martinique is a French Caribbean island which has long been creating a center of attention to many tourists all over the world. Vacationers will absolutely cherish their holiday experience in Martinique. The island features sophisticated French culture along with stunning beaches. You will be captivated by the dazzling white sands of some of the island beaches shore that shimmer like a diamond under the sun. With a wonderful Caribbean atmosphere, the island best beaches with white sand located on the south shore are Cap Chevalier and Plage de Salines. Not only can you enjoy a beach escapade but also you can explore other incredible attractions within ... (more)

The Long Hot Summer of e-Commerce

Smell of change was in the air, but summer holiday season promises further sensational developments: travel and tourism sector has become the number one in e-commerce market. The tourism sector share in the Internet market, has become the most important, exceeding 50% of unique users. Airlines, shipping companies and car hire, have invested considerable resources on the web, as did the tour operators and travel agents linked to these ones. The leading sectors of e-commerce tourism are the flight tickets, which boasts 60% of the total share, and this is mainly due to the growth of web surfer interest for cheap flights, but also for travel by train: online hotel bookings is however a constantly growing sector. Hotel managers have encouraged the trend to reduce the costs of intermediation: 90% of accommodation activities has its own website. In this scenery, intermediar... (more)

Sailing the Sea of Samar, Philippines

I traveled to my home village in the province of Samar to celebrate the Fiesta San Juan. I was lucky to fly from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte. The next day I took a private boat with friends and family. The trip takes four hours and goes under the famous San Jacinto bridge into the Sea of Samar. The boat is a normal "banca" boat, but bigger than most of the boats in my village. We are loading the boat in this picture. I was lucky and slept in a hotel the night before we sailed to my village. Six members of my family joined us to eat that night, and then they just slept on the boat. It was OK for them. The next day, we had luggage for a friend of mine and for me, two 50-kilo bags of rice, a 50-kilo block of ice, about 2,000 pesos of food, mineral water, and too many bottles of soda and beer! I had a fight with my family about the soda and beer. Money is very precious ... (more)

Managed IT Enhances JetBlue Business Model

New York-based JetBlue Airways created an airline focused on value, service and style. They've proven to be a trailblazer in the U.S. airline industry. They're also a communication technology early-adopter. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on their aircraft -- a first among U.S. domestic airlines. However, their core competency is centered upon air travel. They out-task the rest to service providers, wherever possible. JetBlue signed a new, six-year strategic agreement with Verizon Business to manage the airline's information technology ( IT) data center and communications network needs, as well as provide security and IT consulting services. Built on an IP Network Foundation Verizon Business will design and manage the transition of JetBlue's existing systems to a new global IT network infrastructure. The newly built Int... (more)

British Airways Selects Progress Software SOA Solutions

Progress Software Corporation has announced that British Airways (BA) will use its portfolio of SOA solutions as a key part of its travel program to upgrade its IT systems. This will extend to the end of 2014 and will revolutionize travel by integrating over 600 different electronic systems and processes involved in getting BA passengers in the air. “With 300 locations around the globe, 25,000 users and more than 250 key applications, BA's goal is to transform the travel experience. The flexibility of the Progress SOA portfolio allows BA to extend the features of its e-commerce site right through to its airports, by allowing greater self-service functionality and 'plug and play' capability,” explained Gordon Penfold, CTO, BA. The result, according to Penfold, is to drive an agile business where rollout is easier, and cost and time are reduced. “The airport environme... (more)

iRule. Do You? Winners Announced.

Congratulations to the 2009 iRule. Do You? winners! Compared to previous years, it is worth noting that the competition for top-spots in both the Customer and Partner divisions was incredibly tight. In fact, the community voting – a first for this contest – actually played a role in determining the final outcome (as it should, given how great this community is). So, while we have to crown top winners, everyone of the finalists really delivered spectacular iRules that demonstrate creativity and flair. And, the winners are… Customer Winners 1st     Chetan Bhatt (USA) – "Pool Member Status List" 2nd    Kris Weinhold (USA) – "Siteminder Authentication Rule (Login External, NTLM Internal)" 3rd    Jari Leppala (Finland) – "RTSP-Redirect" F5 Partner Winners 1st    Sake Blok / Ion-IP (Netherlands) – "EncryptOutgoingSOARequest" 2nd   Henrik Gyllkrans / Advanced IP Scandinavia AB ... (more)

An Adobe Flex Application for Course of Action Evaluation

If you have a few minutes I would really appreciate you checking out an application I wrote. The application automates some actions common to US Military staff planning by building a dynamic, interactive decision-matrix. I’ll discuss the use case for the application and then end with links to the source code for the app (easily read, copied, downloaded) and link to the online version of the app. First a disclaimer: This is really a simple thing. Since it takes advantage of the powerful capabilities of Adobe Flex it is under 200 lines of code and if I were a better programmer it would probably be a whole lot smaller. And, although I think this is laid out like many old style military decision matrix graphics, I’m not much of a designer. So if you have any advice/thoughts/tips for me on either design or coding (or anything else) I would really appreciate it. The poi... (more)

Crystal's 2011 World Cruise Now Open for Booking

Books are now open for Crystal Cruises' 16th annual, 110-day 2011 World Cruise. I have been on Crystal Serenity and other ships three times and I can assure you for the best crusie experience. Fares for the "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity are now available online, along with Full World Cruise and segment itinerary details, and attractive promotional and savings information including: 2-for-1 World Cruise Fares if booked by April 30, 2010; Free Air on all segments; Up to $10,000 per couple 'All-Inclusive. As You Wish' spending credits; Price Guarantee, assuring guests will receive the best applicable fare, lowest minimum deposits and a flexible cancellation policy, no matter when they book; Up to $20,000 savings per couple for Crystal Society members; up to $8,000 savings per couple for new-to-Crystal guests; and Additional 2.5% saving... (more)

CES 2010 and Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas

I arrived in Las Vegas two weeks before CES's opening date of January 7th to research venue options for Cloud Computing Expo 2011. During my first cab ride from the airport to the Venetian, I asked my driver how "Shelly" was doing. He replied, "You mean Sheldon Adelson?" I said, "Yes." The driver said, "He is not doing well. I heard he has started suffering from amnesia. They say he is forgetting things. I hope he gets better. He lost a ton of money too." If you visit Las Vegas, you get the latest news and gossip from cab drivers. Adelson is the luckiest man in Las Vegas history in my humble opinion. He built Comdex from scratch, then sold it to Softbank for a billion dollars, or close to it anyway. My second cab driver said, "The town will never see another Comdex again." If you look at the Las Vegas skyline you see more unfinished high rises than you will see in M... (more)